James Babb: Ex-Hippie, Gray's Editor

U.K. journalist Keith Elliott offers an entertaining profile of James Babb, who has been editor of Gray’s Sporting Journal for ten years now, in The Independent. “An accomplished artist, he once made his wife a set of 52 ‘Get Out Of Sex Free’ cards as a seasonal gift. ‘She’s nearly used ’em all up,’ he says in the hometown Tennessee drawl he switches into effortlessly when he’s probably joking.”
You can read a sample of Babb’s witticisms and anti-purist style on MidCurrent in an excerpt from his most recent book, Fly Fishin’ Fool.

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  • In Jerry Kustich’s essay, “Big Pants,” the author gets a hook in his finger and then stops fishing. Stops fishing?
    What’s the wimp factor here? I recently fell in the New River in NC while wading, tore some stuff in the knee, but fished the remainder of the day.
    Okay, so the water was frigid and I didn’t know how bad the knee was and I had to be hauled up the bank and helped to my vehicle, BUT I KEPT ON FISHING. “Semper Fishus,” Jerry.