Titles by Kij Johnson are available for purchase online

I was at the John Deere Museum in Cedar Falls last weekend, and it was a surprising delight. My grandfather was the publisher of five agricultural magazines in the 1950s into the late 1960s, so I grew up surrounded not by farm equipment — he lived in a Chicago suburb by then — but by antique books and magazines, pamphlets and advertisements for every sort of implement and machine. After he retired, he wrote books on farm animals and implements, finding his images in those pre-computer days by cutting apart his antique books. I still remember with sadness Aldrovandi on the Chicken, a Victorian edition of a 1600 Italian book. The buckram cover was elaborately illustrated; the plates had been removed with an exacto knife.

Anyway, this image looks very unlike the deer I remembered from the tractors of my childhood.

Apart from this, things are busy!