Rabbits and Convicts, Winner, Torch Prize for Creative Nonfiction, North American Review 300.4
"Before gunships, stolen children, and sextants, Australia was the land of sleeping gnomes that used their giant feet to shade themselves in the broiling heat of day. It was the home of dogmen, whales with fangs who snacked on frigates, and lithe, bare-breasted, shimmering mermaids. It was the twin city of Eden, where angels reclined in fields of gold, spice, and sandalwood.
The Roman geographer Pomponius Mela proposed terra australis in 50 CE, and Ptolemy later agreed, on the theory that without it, Earth would topple over into space.
In this way, Australia has been a balance of heaven and hell as it is still, though home to a new succeeding legion of angels and demons. The plight of the Europeans and rabbits in Australia mirror each other in that they point up the myths that we Westerners are trapped by and tell ourselves as we hop and wander the Earth. "