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James Babb’s Journey

Producer: Zach Matthews  |  Itinerant Angler

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James Babb is the long-time fishing columnist and now editor of Gray’s Sporting Journal. He’s also a successful author with a finely tuned sense of humor. In this podcast he offers insight on the trajectory of sporting and angling literature, as well as the effects of Ad Men on publishing.

Podcast Excerpt: “For better or worse, most magazines today are advertisers’ magazines. Gray’s has a lot of advertising today, more than I would like to see, but, you know, we have to pay the bills. But it’s a readers magazine — it was started as a reader’s magazine, as an allergic reaction, I think, to this kind of commercialization and dumbing down of the literature. I mean, advertisers aren’t interested in an intelligent readership, they’re interested in a docile readership, and Gray’s has always, from its inception, gone for that intelligent readership.”

Podcast music by permission of Old Medicine Crow Show.
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  • mr babb i enjoyed your books and story in grays  but you did a dis service  to the working fishing man i have to save for a trip where you write it off .. you should still  be honest/// that story about lakediana   in the arctic was so full of shit i couldt beleive it .. those big brookies were all of 14 in. long the 5 pound fish were lake trout  i cant  beleive you didnt know the dif  you writers are all the same  piss on the people that make you  famous and en`joy the toddy/// lynn jones mt pleasant mich