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Javelinas

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As artist Michele Noách--a frequent visitor to Tucson from her home in London--knows, the javelina is easily the most pleasing creature on four legs in this Sonoran desert of ours, despite its awful stench. Noách, whose Hotel Congress gallery show this past spring exhibited her love for absurdist anthropomorphism of all kinds, is such a fan that the show was named The Javelina's Sugar Tongs, after a similarly named piece within it. There's something comical yet mystical about this lovably hairy desert porcine-it's easy to imagine javelinas talking among themselves, à la the Babe or Gordie movies. They don't, however, make for good eatin', so don't repeat our Labor Day party mistake.

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