Gleanings: April 23, 2012

The Same River Twice by David Quammen

This spring creek was not one of the most eminent Montana spring creeks, not Nelson Spring Creek and not Armstrong, not the sort of place where you could plunk down twenty-five dollars per rod per day for the privilege of casting your fly over large savvy trout along an exclusive and well-manicured section of water. On this creek you fished free or not at all. I fished free, because I knew the two people inside the house and, through them, the wonderful surly old rancher who owned the place.

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Forest Service may blow up frozen cows in cabin

“Obviously, time is of the essence because we don’t want them defrosting,” Segin said.

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Locals fear mounting body count in idyllic corner of GTA – The Globe and Mail

That brings the number of bodies found dumped or left for dead in the Caledon area to eight in the last five years. It’s a rate double that of the much larger rural Durham on the other side of the GTA, and it’s a tally that is bringing unwelcome notoriety, and more than a little anxiety, to this quiet area of forested hills and horse stables.

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The Bathroom Library

“I’m convinced that a lot of serious thinking has always been done in bathrooms, and that it is an irreparable loss to humanity that the names and ideas of these philosophers are not known. No doubt Pascal was right when he said that most evils in life arose from “man’s being unable to sit still in a room.””

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The Secret Life of Alan Z. Feuer

“I don’t like the phrase ‘reinvent yourself.’ I think what really happened is that when Alan got to England, whatever he found there allowed him to discover who he already was.”

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