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An Entirely Synthetic Fishing blog entry

March 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

Interesting.  I’ve recently been reading this thing that a guy wrote. It has about 250 pages of paper, bound together between 2 hard covers. There is a picture on the cover. This thing is amazing; it is totally self contained and has no need to plug in to recharge. The pages are fully readable in direct sunlight, even though the font is a fixed size.  I believe its called a book. It’s called An Entirely Synthetic Fish – How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World, by Anders Halverson.

This particular book was pretty cool to start reading. I opened it for the first time this weekend, on the banks of the Upper Sacramento river.  The story opens with some guys from Washington DC traveling to Red Bluff by railroad, then to the McCloud river by stage coach. They went to find salmon; what they discovered was Rainbow Trout.

I’m a couple of chapters in, and have really enjoyed a few nuggets of prose.  Instead of a a book review, I thought I’d share these nuggets as I come across them.

The first was not written by Anders Halverson, the author, but instead  written by someone else, quoting someone else. The Foreword was written by Patricia Nelson Limerick, where she shares this quote from James Madison:

“As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed. As long as the connection subsists between his reason and his self-love, his opinions and his passions will have a reciprocal influence on each other”

Wow. We get all worked up and passionate about those things that are important to us: water management policies, vice-presidents, indigenous species populations, and the annual budget of the Department of Fish and Game.   Who would have thought we could get all indigent over the budgeting process for land use agencies in Idaho? Well, Madison did. We know the best way to manage state parks because those decisions potentially impact our access to Millionaire’s Pool.

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