I was reading the latest Gray’s Sporting Journal, an endeavor that could take a few weeks considering I only read it while sitting and eating a leisurely meal. How many stories I finish in one sitting depends on the quality of the meal and how leisurely I feel like being.
Day one I got through the first two stories, which weren’t bad. The writer of the first one at one point makes a reference to John Gierach. For some reason that reference stuck in my head.
The second writer winds up doing the same thing, references Gierach. I thought this odd. I’m sure the two writers don’t even know each other and yet, while describing their own experiences, they somehow felt it necessary to mention Gierach.
I dwell on the stupidest things sometimes.
An hour later I put this up on Facebook:
Got the new Gray’s Sporting Journal today. Read a couple of the stories. Both quoted Gierach. SP?
I’ll bet Gierach doesn’t quote anyone and neither should they.
And I mean that.
If I wanted to read what Gierach thought, I would pull one of his books down off my shelf and read Gierach. I was much more interested in the personal experiences of the two writers, but somehow felt that they had watered down that experience with their chosen references.
I can’t recall ever being out and about, or ever writing something down after being out and about and giving any thought to what Gierach might think.
He wasn’t there, what the hell would he know?
This issue of Gray’s is their fly fishing issue. Maybe this referencing of other fly fishermen is just something fly fishermen do.
Today I read story number three. It was, by John Gierach.
I was wrong. Even Gierach references others.
One was a reference to somebody named Wendell Berry. I wasn’t impressed. I have no clue who Wendell Berry is and just out of plain stubbornness, I refuse to look him up.
Another was to Bob White when Gierach was describing his surroundings. I can live with that one. Bob White is a passable artist and it did it’s job, I could picture the surroundings.
The third was an outright quote. Normally I find those the most offensive, but he quoted Marilyn Monroe.
Fishing for ocean run steelhead on a Washington State river and quoting Marilyn Monroe.
I can live with that.
And I was impressed.