Whatever Happened to the Nuanced Outdoor Story?

Writer Matt Crawford asks whether, now that information is endless in supply, truly readable stories about the outdoors can hold their ground. “The long readable stories of the old timers — Burton Spiller, let’s say, on grouse hunting or even Peter H. Capstick more recently on big game, just don’t seem have the juice or support to jump to the Internet. There are fewer places for that kind of writing in newspapers, too.” In the Burlington Free Press.

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  • Mike Ormsby

    Good stories will always be read — and hopefully continued to be written. Writers such as John Gierach or David James Duncan will always have an audience. Perhaps not in the usual “printed” world of books, magazines, or newspapers (although I hope that never comes to be), but maybe on the Internet in an E-zine or even a fly fishing forum like this. Good writing is good writing, and will always have a place.

  • ken morrow

    books are making the jump to digital media, too. and that format is also probably the way longer articles and short stories will go.

  • The fact that that Matt Crawford, is the “former Outdoors editor” at the FreeP should be your first tip-off. There are going to be more and more “formers” with an axe to grind on the internet’s stone. I agree that there is an oversupply of mundane writing, and a dearth of creativity on the internet, but the (internet writing) survivors will have to combine fishing with other topics – a social consciousness, food, music or art to name but a few. Who, what, when, where, why and how, just aren’t going to cut it anymore.

  • Scott

    If anyone misses Peter Capstick, a true writer of that genre, Dave Petzal, has posted an excellent Africa (Cape buffalo) story on the Field & Stream site.