The Big Seven, Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison by Jeff ToppingPhoto Jeff Topping

Big sevenPlease make a warm welcome to our new contributor, Julien. Ju Lien is an avid fly angler and outdoor photographer with quite a fanatic obsession for wilderness in both real life and literature. The recent release of Harrison’s last opus in French is kick-off contribution to Le Mouching! You can see more of his photos on his page.

About a year ago, American author Jim Harrison published a new novel, The Big Seven which should be on every self-respecting Mouching reader’s must-read list!  Here we revisit Sunderson, the antihero and retired detective from “The Great Leader”, Harrison’s previous novel. In “The Big Seven”, Saunderson contemplates the deadly sins of his past life while coming to the rescue of an unruly and strange family of redneck criminals who have taken up residence beside his favorite trout stream.  

Big Jim is known for his colorful and rural characters with a lust for sex and bourbon and at the same time a voracious appetite for wild trout fishing and the wilderness. One thread that runs through his work is the pairing of a wild, self possessed  male protagonist with and anchoring, free spirited female character. This always makes for an interesting dynamic. His stories are full of duality; they tread the fine line between irrepressible hilarity to depression. They weave the ordinary facts of life into the universal human condition. What probably is the most touching about this writer to me is that all of his stories offer a unique perception of contemporary life through characters who we care about; characters who are lost and searching while trying to regain a little dignity along the way.

You, the Mouching reader, will be enchanted by Harrison’s poetical fury, intoxicated by his humor and lust for life. His themes will be familiar to your passions: the wilderness, fine food, lust, grace and freedom; genuine and at the same time loaded with irony. By the time you reach the last page, you will be left with only one option: to devour life in all it’s intensity and find your way out, ecstatically.

Long live Big Jim!

Carp on the fly, THE book

Carp on the Fly

Monday’s reading everyone! I know, you have other things to do on a week day, but did you think about how cool it woul dbe to know everything about carp on the fly when it comes to fish them? This is why you needTHE book! Written by Barry Reynolds, Brad Befus and John Berryman, once you have read it Carp will have no secret to you and I’m pretty sure you’ll post all your pictures with big fat carp on Mouchinx, you know, this group espacially made for Le Mouching fans.

Eat Sleep Fish #44

The new issue of Eat Sleep and Fish is out, what else is ther to do anyway? Eat Sleep Fish44

The Way of the Ballpoint

Ren Ato, i.e. Renato Rizzo, is an italian artist, and a master in the Way of the Ballpoint.

It is bad when one thing becomes two. One should not look for anything else in the Way of the Samurai. It is the same for anything that is called a Way. Therefore, it is inconsistent to hear something of the Way of Confucius or the Way of the Buddha, and say that this is the Way of the Samurai. If one understands things in this manner, he should be able to hear about all ways and be more and more in accord with his own.

Hakagure, by Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

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Tail — Issue 18

The new Tail Magazine is out, and it’s as good as ever. It will take you out to Christmas Island to fish for GTs, provide useful tips to brave the heat you’ll find there (and everywhere in the northern hemisphere these days). Rock Dawson will move you with a little piece about his crafty son, which reminded me (and will probably remind you too) how it all began. Joshua Wrigley will get you on the shores of New England for big stripers and an unheard of bit of a dilemma… With Shawn Abernathy you’ll go for striper too, but just a couple of miles from New York. Fantastic read, as usual.

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Revive 31

The new Revive is out, and it rocks. For instance our buddy Norbert Renaud, of worldwide pike reputation, ties a mean streamer. But my favorite bit is a semi-delusional piece about the adventures involved in catching a big striper. It’s called A succession of eternities, by J.T. Armstrong, and it’s exactly how you’re supposed to write about fishing. Good one, JT, you’re da shit.

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Here’s a new webpage that all of us is going to be checking daily, or at least everytime something is posted! Escapads is an international website about adventure based in France, wether you are a surfer, hiker, skiier, cyclist, trekker, fly fisher, in two words; an outdoor’s man, Escapads is made for you! It has the best of all the good stories from the best dedicated and it as also a store where you can get, simply the best! Chesk it out, you’ll be hooked!

Kant on the sublime

Therefore nature is here called sublime merely because it elevates the imagination to a presentation of those cases in which the mind can come to feel the sublimity of its own vocation even over nature.

Immanuel Kant, The Critique of Judgement, §28.