• Title: The Everlasting Stream: A True Story of Rabbits, Guns, Friendship, and Family
  • Author: Walt Harrington
  • ISBN: 9780802140500
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Paperback
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    The Everlasting Stream A True Story of Rabbits Guns Friendship and Family 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 jet setting reporter for The Washington Post
    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 jet setting reporter for The Washington Post with a distaste for killing animals and for the men s brand of old fashioned masculinity But over the next 12 years, this white city slicker entered a world of life, death,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 jet setting reporter for The Washington Post with a distaste for killing animals and for the men s brand of old fashioned masculinity But over the next 12 years, this white city slicker entered a world of life, death, nature, and manhood that came to seem not brutal or outdated but beautiful in a way his experience in Washington was not The Everlasting Stream is the absorbing, touching, and often hilarious story of how hunting with these good ol boys forced an enlightened man to reexamine his modern notions of guilt and responsibility, friendship and masculinity, ambition and satisfaction.In crisp prose that bring autumn mornings crackling to life, Harrington shares the lessons that led him to leave Washington When his son turned 14, Harrington began taking him hunting too, believing that these rough edged, whiskey drinking men could teach his suburban boy something worthwhile about lives different from his own, the joy of small moments, and the old fashioned belief that a man s actions mean than his words.The Everlasting Stream is a funny, intimate, inspiring meditation on the meaning of a life well livedAPTER ONEWalt recounts the first time he went shooting with his father in law, Alex, in rural Glasgow, Kentucky, during a Thanksgiving visit with his wife I lived in Washington DC, where most people I knew believed hunters were sick, violent men His attitude toward his African American hunting mates I was white, and I figured it was going to be my worry to fit in is condescending as hell, but it all turns around when he shoots his first rabbit, and surprises himself with the purity of his exhuberence when he calls out, I got him He discusses the repulsion over having to clean his rabbit, but when his guests act similarly repulsed when he serves them rabbit dinner, he says I think I m going to kill some CHAPTER TWOHe describes hunting with Alex, Bobby, Lewis and Carl in a gully half the length of football field Over the years I ve become convinced that Alex, Bobby, Lewis, and Carl have discovered the secrets of living life well, although the idea that these men had anything to teach me didn t come to me for many Thanksgiving vacations He is attracted by how well they get to know a place through hunting it How many of us can say that about any place in our lives The men are like relics of a bygone era, but they eventually convinced him that he should bring his son along too He introduces Carl and Bobby, who have retired from factory jobs they own sixty acres together in the country Lewis bought his own 18 wheel rig a few years ago and still hauls freight Alex is retired and has many hobbies The men talk in a colorful drawl about their dogs, teasing each other mercilesslyAPTER THREEHe talks about hunting at the Old Collins Place Every time he comes back there, he sees something for the first time He talks about how ambitious he was as a kid, determined to make a name for himself in journalism He meets his wife to be, Keran, and works thankless 70 hour weeks until he finally writes a profile of George Bush that gets him major attention, a huge raise, and freedom to cover other figures such as Jesse Jackson, Jerry Falwell, etcAPTER FOUR BOBBY S BARNHis son Matt catches a rabbit and gets a sip off the post hunting bottle of Wild Turkey He discusses his tough decision of taking the boy hunting for the first time when he was seven Really I rolled the dice I knew that most affluent city perople would shield their sons from such rough men and gritty settings But after my first few years of hunting I deced that the forests, fields, wind, rain moon, stars, leaves, weeds, guns, killing, cursing, drinking and naturally the men themselves would be good for Matt He describes skinning and gutting a rabit he does it without squeamishness because it has to be done, the same way you have to clean up a kid s vomitWSON BOTTOMHe discusses the time it dawned on him that he had come to savor things the Miro painting he owns, for instance and asks himself I love my work but what if the day comes when I don t What happens to all of this What happens to me Will I be trapped in my affluence for the rest of my life The climax of his career comes when President Bush is seriously considering appointing him as his official biographer, and even invites him to a celebrity studded dinner, but eventually Bush decides the security risk is too great Harrington considers it a blessing in disguise, thinking about all of the quality time he would have lost with his son, etc THE EVERLASTING STREAMHe recalls a morning of picture perfect contentment at a place called the Everlasting Stream such memorable moments are like waking versions of lucid dreams We are within them and outside them at once as they are happening He reflects To this day I don t believe I have ever seen men so at ease, so thoroughly enjoying one another s company He realizes he hasn t had true friends like these since he was kidHIND BC WITT S FARMHe talks about the way that moment at the Everlasting Stream has caused him to think of hunting not just as a diversion, but to think of it off and on throughout the year Carl takes him to the four room shack where he grew up and Harrington is shocked by how small and run down it is Carl says We hunted to eat THE SQUAREHe describes being in the zone hunters since Socrates onward have described an ethereal hunter s state of mental and emotional clarity What nature writer James Swan calls the Zen of hunting a state of awe and reverence, which I sthe emotional foundation for transcendence LEWIS S GARAGEHe talks about the joys of hanging out in Lewis s garage after hunting I have come to love hearing the men laugh After all the years, if I were blind I d still know the men by their laughs Listening to the men is like watching a pinball bounce around its board The action is impossible to predict but it isn t random The point is to relax and lety my time with the men wash over me in the way that a Christmas midnight Mass with candles and organ and incense would wash over me as a boy.

    One Reply to “The Everlasting Stream: A True Story of Rabbits, Guns, Friendship, and Family”

    1. A story of male bonding across time, space, and culture, and the intergenerational transmission of life's lessons about friendship, family, and earth's beauty and bounty.

    2. Loved it. It's a great autobiographical essay on how a non-materialistic life can be so meaningful. I liked Harrington's writing style, use of characters, and even editorial tangents. Lots about rabbit hunting, the front story for an incredible backstory.

    3. This is a charming story about friendship and tradition. I admit to scanning past some of hunting blood but more enjoyed than not.

    4. This book was recommended to me by a fellow hunter, and presumably an acquaintance of the author while I worked at the university where he now teaches (UIUC). Seven years later, I've finally gotten around to taking him up on that recommendation and I'm pleased. The book is definitely more a memoir than a "book about hunting," but Harrington clearly experienced something profound in his annual rabbit hunts with his father-in-law and his friends. Indulged at first as an act of politeness for his w [...]

    5. A book about getting to know your in-laws over hunting, and figuring out that hunting isn't some old ritual doomed to the sands of time, but an important way of building friendships and telling meaningful stories. This book in particular is about race and class, and how that does (and often doesn't) effect the relationship between men as they go about hunting rabbits, cleaning rabbits, and cooking rabbits. It's a book about BEING A MAN, which I (mostly) didn't find too off-putting as Harrington [...]

    6. Most books, it seems, allow us to live vicariously through the author's experiences. This book,however, was like reading of my own experiences since I've been rabbit hunting for so many years now with a group of close friends and a bunch of beagles. It's a very thoughtful book - not just about hunting but of the friendship of the men and how they are bound together. His descriptions of events bring to mind so many incidents of our own history - getting snagged by briars, searching for lost dogs, [...]

    7. Never would have I thought a story about rabbit hunting would compel me. The Everlasting Stream (love this title) is of course about so much more than the thrill of the kill, and yet the book is laden with very vivid (read: blood and guts) scenes. What captivated me was the power of the narrative. Readers cannot help but be drawn into the dual worlds that Walt Harrington shares, that of his D.C. life as a top newspaper editor, and the more foreign world of his wife's upbringing in rural Kentucky [...]

    8. Hard to describe just how good this book really is. This is the (nonfiction) story of a rich, white Washington Post journalist, and his annual Thanksgiving day rabbit hunts in rural Kentucky with his black father-in-law and his father-in-law's black friends. A great book. But this is not a discussion of race. Rather, it is an exploration of the "meaning" of hunting and hunters, and of those things in life that truly matter.

    9. The book serves as a reminder that enthusiasm for living, the joy of it, no matter our circumstances, is pretty much the game. If you've ever pondered "what is a life well lived?", then this book is a good place to check out some interesting and meaningful perspectives on that question.

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