WE KNOW SO LITTLE: a bi-weekly column by Robert James Russell

We Know So Little is a bi-weekly column pairing art+words to explore what it means to be awed by the world around us. Micro-musings on the little things we take for granted—blades of grass and insects and common birds that are anything but common. Follow Robert James Russell in his wanderings and wonderings on life and death, the natural course of things, on all that passes him by.

We Know So Little: 001
Common Fig (ficus carica)
Published: January 22, 2019




We Know So Little: 002
Turkey Vulture (cathartes aura)
Published: February 5, 2019




We Know So Little: 003
Sockeye Salmon (oncorhynchus nerka)
Published: February 19, 2019




We Know So Little: 004
Giant Honey Bee (apis dorsata)
Published: March 5, 2019




We Know So Little: 005
Osage Orange (maclura pomifera)
Published: March 19, 2019




We Know So Little: 006
House Finch (haemorhous mexicanus)
Published: April 2, 2019




We Know So Little: 007
Vinegar Fly (drosophila melanogaster)
Published: April 16, 2019




We Know So Little: 008
Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)
Published: April 30, 2019




We Know So Little: 009
African Dung Beetle (scarabaeus satyrus)
Published: October 8, 2019




We Know So Little: 010
Monk Parakeet (myiopsitta monachus)
Published: October 22, 2019



Robert James Russell is the author of the novellas Mesilla (Dock Street Press) and Sea of Trees (Winter Goose Publishing), and the chapbook Don’t Ask Me to Spell It Out (WhiskeyPaper Press). He is a founding editor of the literary journals Midwestern Gothic and CHEAP POP. You can find his illustrations and writing at robertjamesrussell.com, or on Twitter/Instagram at @robhollywood.