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Pocket water : confessions of a restless angler
Tapply, William G.
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New York : Lyons Press, 2001.
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xv, 240 pages ; 24 cm
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SH456 .T363 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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John Lachs, one of American philosophy's most distinguished interpreters, turns to William James, Josiah Royce, Charles S. Peirce, John Dewey, and George Santayana to elaborate stoic pragmatism, or a way to live life within reasonable limits. Stoic pragmatism makes sense of our moral obligations in a world driven by perfectionist human ambition and unreachable standards of achievement. Lachs proposes a corrective to pragmatist amelioration and stoic acquiescence by being satisfied with what is good enough. This personal, yet modest, philosophy offers penetrating insights into the American way of life and our human character.

Author Notes

William G. Tapply was born in Waltham, Massachusetts on July 16, 1940. He graduated from Harvard University in 1963. He wrote more than 40 books during his lifetime including the Brady Coyne mysteries series, the Stoney Calhoun Novel series, and numerous non-fiction books about fly fishing and the outdoors. He was also a contributing editor for Field and Stream, a columnist for American Angler, and part of The Writer magazine editorial board. He was an English professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and ran The Writers Studio at Chickadee Farm with his wife Vicki Stiefel. He died on July 28, 2009 after a battle with leukemia.

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Booklist Review

Tapply, author of the acclaimed Brady Coyne mystery series, offers an intriguing look at the important part that trial and error plays in fishing success. His seventh angling memoir is made up of 45 essays; he describes plenty of big fish, bright days, and beautiful landscapes along the way, but his angling triumphs are always set in the context of the work it took to make them happen. Practice and understanding your mistakes, he reminds fellow anglers, are essential to catching fish. In the course of discussing fishing in the Northeast and West for striped bass, bluefish, trout, pike, panfish, and carp, Tapply masterfully combines clear advice with angling aphorisms and delightful comic asides, including mention of the "Lewinsky" saltwater lure (fish that should know better can't resist it). Tapply is a fine stylist and a genuine wit; his essays are beautifully structured and never fail to have marvelous endings. For all fishing collections. --John Rowen