The Everlasting Stream by Walt Harrington
A True Story of Rabbits, Guns, Friendship, and Family

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When Walt Harrington was first invited to Kentucky to hunt with his African-American father-in-law and his country friends -- Bobby, Lewis, and Carl -- he was a high-flying reporter for The Washington Post with a distaste for killing animals. But over the next twelve years of hunting with these "good ol' boys," this white city-slicker entered a world of life, death, nature, and manhood that came to seem beautiful in a way his experience in Washington was not. In crisp prose that brings autumn mornings crackling to life, The Everlasting Stream shares the lessons that led Harrington to leave the city. When his son turned fourteen, Harrington began taking him hunting, too, believing that these rough-edged, whiskey-drinking men could teach his suburban boy about lives different from his own, the joy of small moments, and the old-fashioned belief that a man's actions mean more than his words. The Everlasting Stream is a funny, intimate, inspiring meditation on the meaning of a life well lived. "Beautifully written, cleverly informative, and, at times, hilarious ..." -- Pete Earley, author of Circumstantial Evidence

About Walt Harrington

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WALT HARRINGTON is a former award-winning writer for The Washington Post Magazine. His book Crossings: A White Man's Journey into Black America was the winner of the Gustavus Meyers Award for the Study of Human Rights in the United States. He now teaches literary journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Published September 1, 2002 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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(Many wascally wabbits go to the Big Carrot Patch in the Sky.) Harrington sometimes places his finger on the throbbing pulse of a vibrant issue, as when he condemns for hypocrisy those strident anti-hunters who queue up for triple-decker hamburgers.

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With humor and insight, Harrington (Crossings: A White Man's Journey into Black America) weaves several themes in his tribute to friendship and storytelling: a study of masculinity, a corrective to the belief that hunting is savage, a father-son chronicle, an ode to common folks, an examination o...

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The author, Walt Harrington, sets himself a near-impossible task: to make hunting, which he believes is "not socially acceptable" anymore, a vehicle for his musings on family, race, class and mortality.

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