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The Founding Fish -- John McPhee [Apr. 2nd, 2014|06:48 am]
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I have finally finished listening to John McPhee's The Founding Fish . John McPhee reads it, which is both a pleasant thing and, well, i was listening at x1.5 speed. His ability to rattle of the Latin names of the fish he was writing about was very impressive.

The naturalist narratives and ecological observations about shad were interesting. The obsession with frying shad roe on top of bacon, not so much. The history of shad consumption in the Americas and the development of fishery regulation.... The description of reeling in shad, of having shad insides eaten by eels while hanging from a stringer at his waist, of other fishermen catching shad while he wasn't catching any.... Well, i listened to it all, but i heard the announcement "appendix" just as i walked in the door yesterday evening, so i'm declaring the book over.

I was again pretty blue in the evening, so i watched some youtube to keep from going to bed too terribly early (in retrospect, maybe i should have gone to sleep then). I watched some fishing videos of tarpon and shad to see what was being described. Then, as the boniness of the American shad had been elaborated in some depth (along with the outline of the plot to Caught (1996), which i won't need to see now), i watched Captain Vincent Russo (that accent, it's so familiar, is it Georgia? North Florida?) debone shad. "I wonder what i will dream about," i thought, as i am not so close to meat these days. Indeed, i dreamt about cannibalism, nothing graphic, but the disturbing thread was there.

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[User Picture]From: crookedfingers
2014-04-02 07:40 pm (UTC)

McPhee

The Founding Fish written and read by John McPhee-I have that book on CD-we collect the writings of McPhee-interesting fellow-hope you are feeling not so blue-peace
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2014-04-03 01:17 pm (UTC)

Re: McPhee

I have his trilogy on American geology in print: i loved it. Is there another you would particularly recommend?
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2014-04-03 01:18 pm (UTC)

Re: McPhee

Oh, and think you about asking about the blueness. Yesterday was hard, but i am waking feeling centered today.
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[User Picture]From: bardcat
2014-04-02 09:22 pm (UTC)
Hope the blueness is going away. Sometimes I light candles to chase the blues away. If I am going down a bit it is usually just before dark for no apparent reason at all and then I go back to "normal."
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2014-04-03 01:22 pm (UTC)
I have often found the fresh start in the morning to be a time when i have hope enough and the blues clear away, and evenings to be when the weight of it all is just too much. I've grown a meditation around grace that acknowledges that the "fresh start" we celebrate at the beginning of a "new" year or "new" day is available at any moment, as many times as we wish, that Divine love is there to refresh us when ever we remember to ask for that refreshment.

I mainly remember this in the morning.

Yesterday was hard, but i'm feeling more centered today. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: bardcat
2014-04-03 01:36 pm (UTC)
Yes to fresh starts and to that Divine love which is ever present to assist us in every step of the journey.
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[User Picture]From: amaebi
2014-04-02 11:24 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Shad. Shad roe. (Sorry.)

Edited at 2014-04-02 11:25 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2014-04-03 01:16 pm (UTC)
I don't think i had heard of the fish before this book: you've eaten the roe? Where? Do tell! (I ate sablefish last night for dinner, quite consciously.)
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[User Picture]From: amaebi
2014-04-03 02:11 pm (UTC)
In New Haven, where there's a brief shad roe season on the Connecticut River. Shad roe really, really doesn't travel well.
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