The 10,000 Islands are fantastical without the help of literary flourish but their significance, for me, has been amplified tenfold by the words of Peter Matthiessen in Shadow Country, his great work that combined the trilogy of Killing Mr. Watson, Bone By Bone and Lost Man’s River.
Matthiessen would be a giant based on the Watson trilogy alone, but add in his collected works and life story, and you get something seriously heavy.
So I was thrilled that Chris E. passed along this profile from the New York Times:
Peter Matthiessen’s Homegoing
The six part series of Peter Matthiessen’s “Lost Man’s River” is on Youtube, exploring the Everglades and 10,000 Islands. Great stuff.
But we like them anyhow.
Tarpon. Standard inflight or train commute entertainment while we pretend to work on the laptop.
Car Sloganry Thomas McGuane quote from The Longest Silence in bumper sticker form.
Formal Wear. Buy shirt, help stripers via Stripers Forever.
Deluxe Mustache Kit. Announce to the world, “I have many leather bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahagony.”
Shadow Country. We like Florida. We like stories about Ole Florida. We think Peter Mathiessen is top shelf. We loved this when it was Killing Mr. Watson, Lost Man’s River, and Bone By Bone. We’re not even done with this yet and we think it’s the best book from 2008. Buy this book, dammit.
Reading Peter Matthiessen’s book from 1986 on the lost way of life of Long Island’s south shore surfmen and baymen. I’m a huge fan of Matthiessen’s trilogy of historical novels on frontier Florida, particularly Killing Mr. Watson and Bone by Bone. This book is so far a great read about a culture now buried under glitterati and horrible traffic every summer.