I was reading about animals a while back, and there was this scientist in France back in the thirties or forties, and he was trying to get apes to draw these pictures, to make art pictures like the kinds of pictures in serious paintings that you see in museums. So the scientist keeps showing the apes these paintings and giving them charcoal pencils to draw with, and then one day one of the apes finally draws something, but it’s not the art pictures that it draws. What it draws is the bars of its own motherfucking cage. Its own motherfucking cage!
Words by Cheryl Strayed
Image by Petri Damstén