A surprise inheritance from a relative forms the backdrop to a recent New Yorker article by the best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen. He decides to spend the money on a three-week Lindglad National Geographic expedition to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands. An avid birder, with an eye as attuned to noting the habits of his fellow passengers as those of his avian interests, Franzen recalls the majesty of seeing emperor penguins for the first time. Meanwhile, we learn the touching life story of the man who made his trip possible. Visit the New Yorker to share in Franzen’s remarkable antarctic voyage.