Jonathan Franzen, Bird Lover, on the Internet Cat Mafia

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Chinese astrologists say 2018 is the Year of the Dog, but Jonathan Franzen, the National Book Award winner and notorious bird lover, is celebrating the Year of the Bird: the hundredth anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the federal law that, per the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “makes it illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter, any migratory bird” without a permit. (Incidentally, Friday is also National Bird Day.)

In a conversation with the New Republic, Franzen discussed how President Donald Trump’s anti-environmental extremism might actually bolster conservation efforts. He doubled down on his feud with the Audubon Society, the world’s largest bird conservation group. He lamented