Theories on Jim Harrison

February 27, 2015 | 2

“How is it possible that a smallish army of discerning readers agree that Jim Harrison is one of the few truly great living American writers, yet he has not gotten the wider audience—or the widespread praise—he so plainly deserves?” Our own Bill Morris has some theories.

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  1. Because his macho horseshit has no purchase in today’s culture. He’s an anachronism, and a corny one at that. One James Dickey was enough.

  2. A friend one described Jim Harrison as a “rescue writer.” He is the writer you can go to after reading something poorly written or poorly imagined to get solace and recovery.

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