Ink and Light: “A River Runs through It” and Spring Snow in in the World’s Coldest National Capital

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Snow Dancers: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – 2016

At over 4,400 feet in altitude, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, is the world’s coldest national capital city. Lows of -20° F and lower – sometimes much lower – are common.

She was as beautiful a dancer
as he was a fly caster.
Norman Maclean – A River Runs Through It, 1976

Norman Maclean (1902-1990) was 70 when he began writing A River Runs Through It and Other Stories. Rejected by every major publishing firm, the novella and two accompanying short stories were finally accepted by Chicago University Press where Maclean had taught in the Department of English. The book, which was almost instantly recognized as a classic, became the first piece of fiction the CU Press published.

7 thoughts on “Ink and Light: “A River Runs through It” and Spring Snow in in the World’s Coldest National Capital

  1. One of my favorite films of all time. There are so few truly great movies that center around fishing, but that’s one of them. Was just discussing with a friend how it depicts a reality that often, in families, you have the straight-laced sibling that follows the rules (Norman) and the other who, whether by choice or force — takes the road less traveled by (Paul). The beauty of the narrative is how fishing brings the family together even while seemingly every other force on earth is pulling them apart — “To him all good things-trout as well as eternal salvation-come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.”

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