I'm listening to Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma on my iPod as Buster and I take our daily constitutional. (Yay, Audible.com!) I'm in chapter 19, on hunting for mushrooms. In it, Pollan remarks that many popular pastimes and hobbies consist of 'playing at satisfying our creaturely needs' and notes his own fondness for gardening, using my new favorite phrase. So now I'll steal it for myself and go around describing knitting as
"my atavism of choice"!