Sunday Morning! “The Summer He Didn’t Die” by Jim Harrison

Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does many things. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (early 2021).

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  1. Aaron David says:

    Harrison was also a master essayist. Which is how I first came across him, in the pages of Playboy (and yes, I did read the articles, after the usual pre-teen boy fascination with the rest.) He wrote a great book on food which is how I introduced him to my wife, and his essay on vengence (the Playboy piece) has stuck with me for generations. He is missed.

    I seem to be reading a bit of Travel lately, the essays I mean. Peter Fleming wrote some wonderful pieces about going through Soviet Russia and into China back before the war (which include going through a plague area) and he was definately the better writer of the two brothers. A Forgotten Journey, News from Tartary, and One’s Company.Report

    • Mark Twain did a lot of travel writing too,. The famous one is The Innocents Abroad, but Roughing It and A Tramp Abroad are even better.Report

      • Aaron David in reply to Mike Schilling says:

        I have Innocents sitting on the shelf, waiting for the right moment to be picked up (the wife hates this, as I have far too many like this) but did he not also right some things like Life on the Mississippi, which could also be looked at as a travel book?Report

        • Good point. Life on the Mississippi started as a short piece called Old Times on the Mississippi, which is a memoir of Twain’s time as a riverboat pilot, and it’s every bit as good as you’d expect. To fill out the book, he added a description of a steamship trip down the river he took later in life, and that part is travel writing, but not neatly as much fun to read.Report

  2. Ozzzy! says:

    I bought it – this seems like my jam.Report

  1. May 16, 2021

    […] My father would probably love Jim Harrison’s character Brown Dog, or B.D., and both of them would think I’m too uptight. And fair enough. It’s hard not to like Brown Dog. In fact, I said that here almost exactly a year ago: “I like that Brown Dog; he’s a good guy.” […]Report