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Magpie Photos by David Cale

David Cale moved to NYC the same year I did, 1979. I became aware of him a few years ago when I saw his one man show at the Public, We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time, a musical that captivated me from the moment it started. It was about Mr. Cale’s childhood in England where, to escape his dysfunctional family, he studied animals so closely, he began to understand them and became their friends; and many of those animals were birds.

Last year, he was in Ketchum, Idaho staying at Ernest Hemingway’s old stomping grounds, working on a play, and for several mornings he took pictures of magpies who joined him for breakfast. He shared these photos on Facebook, and I’m including some of them here as an additional archive.

If you ever get a chance to see David Cale perform, do. Until that happy time, enjoy the photos.



You can find out more about David Cale at Wikipedia:



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Recent photo of David Cale at a rehearsal for his play “You Don’t Know the Lonely One.”

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