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Contributor Archives: Rebecca Burns

“Why’s this so good?” No. 49: Wendy Brenner and the snake master

When the Winter 2005 issue of The Oxford American arrived, I flipped through the pages, glimpsed the reptilian close-ups accompanying Wendy Brenner’s profile of Dean Ripa, creator and caretaker of the Cape Fear Serpentarium, and shoved the magazine out of the way. Nothing against the OA or Brenner; just an overdeveloped case of ophidiophobia. But [...]