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Author Archive: "Peter Heller"

Fishing and Writing

So many writers flyfish or write about flyfishing, it has become a literary pastime. Hemingway did it — he was not above skewering a fat grasshopper and fishing it like a fly. Norman Maclean did it, of course. Jim Harrison does it, and Kittredge and McGuane and the wonderful poet-essayist-novelist James Galvin, and they join a phalanx of musicians who can't help singing rhapsodic songs about it.

I fish. It's one of my favorite things to do, and there is a lot of fishing in The Dog Stars. Our hero Hig has fished his whole life. He says,

When I lost my high school girlfriend, I fished. When I quit writing anything in a fit of frustration and despair, I fished. I fished when I met Melissa and barely dared to hope that I had found someone


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