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The Fish's Eye

Essays About Angling and the Outdoors

Ian Frazier

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



In The Fish's Eye: Essays about Angling and the Outdoors, Ian Frazier explores his lifelong passion for fishing, fish, and the aquatic world. He sees the angler's environment all around him-in New York's Grand Central Station, in the cement-lined pond of a city park, in a shimmering bonefish flat in the Flordia keys, in the trout streams of the Rocky Mountains. He marvels at the fishing in the turbid Ohio River by downtown Cincinatti, where a good bait for catfsh is half a White Castle french fry. The incidentals of the angling experience, the who and the where of it, interest him as much as what he catches and how. The essays (including the famous profile of master angler Jim Deren, late proprietor of New York's tackle store, the Angler's Roost) contain sharply focused observations of the American outdoors, a place filled with human alterations and detritus that somehow remains defiantly unruined. Frazier's simple love of the sport lifts him to straight -ahead angling description that are among the best contemporary writing on the subject. The Fish's Eye brings together twenty years of heartfelt, funny, and vivid essays on a timeless pursuit where so many mysteries, both human and natural, coincide.

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On the paved shores of the Harlem Meer (one of six ponds in the city’s park system which the State Department of Environmental Conservation—in cooperation with the New York City Parks Department, the New York City Department of the Aging, and the New York State Sea Grant—stocked with bullhead catfish on June 27 as part of an urban fishing program designed to stimulate city dwellers’ interest in fishing and the outdoors), on a weekday afternoon in July:“Gregory, how much worm should I use?”“What you got there is enough, Andrew.
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Essays on fishing from "A Great Storyteller" (Newsweek), One of the "American Originals"--The Washington Post Book World

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  • Ian Frazier

  • Ian Frazier lives in Montclair, New Jersey. He is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, among other publications. His previous books include Great Plains, On the Rez, Family, and Coyote V. Acme.
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Essays About Angling and the Outdoors

Ian Frazier

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