I'M NOT DONE READING IT - I'm also not pleased. Not because he's not a good writer, he's a great writer which is how I've read at the clip I have withI'M NOT DONE READING IT - I'm also not pleased. Not because he's not a good writer, he's a great writer which is how I've read at the clip I have with the commute-time I've been reading t. And definitely not because I have some problem with hunting as such. For someone who is definitely a voice for hunting, fishing and trapping - someone I could have respected far more than Nugent - I was initially triggered by Rinella's comment that suggested the passing of hunting, and that passing as on par with a change in lifeways indicated by a 13,000 yr. old artifact found in Florida - that didn't set a great tone going in to the book - or me going 'in' to hunting. Next came his childhood trespassing and poaching, his period of using illegal traps, which ended a chapter with him noting he'd "also become and asshole" - so I was expecting that with the years would come a measure of regret about all that - but then he continues through to the point I've reached - yet again - alluding in a matter of fact way to illegalities of his hunting behavior. Nugent has be convicted - many times now - of poaching, etc. Now - he's an asshat, period. His show often features him shooting animals on his high-fenced property, *as if it were hunting* and not shooting pets - which it is at worst - or shooting lifestock, which it is at best; even a non-hunter at present like me could say "Don't dress it up as something it's not; especially not animals you're killing, because dressing up animals is weird".
But Steven Rinella [to put them in separate paragraphs], I am really hoping Rinella - who from interviews I'm finding to be an engaged, thoughtful guy - will come out at some point in this book solidly against behaviors that are EXACTLY what gives huntING an empirical, measurable bad name; natural/law-breaking huntERS. There are lots of ambiguities about personal motivation for hunting, and I totally get that, as someone long interested in it with many accumulated thoughts and feelings as I get ready to take some hunter's ed classes - but something that seems crystal clear is that at the heart of the "hunting-conservation" connection so commonly professed now, is *abiding local, state and federal laws*. Glorifying and romanticizing about lawlessness and also lawless and murderous days (Daniel Boone, Davey Crockett et al, and violating nation-defining treaties with native peoples, for ex), only feeds coastal elites (and maybe Denver), who want to make a "clean kill" of anything but soy latte' veganism, anthropomorphized nature amid latent misanthropy. It gets three stars and not two - solely out of hope he has some "reborn-again/revert" point in this book....more
I really have to say he should have stuck with just elaborating something fascinating like our chemical commonalities with everything around us - butI really have to say he should have stuck with just elaborating something fascinating like our chemical commonalities with everything around us - but he really, really wants to present some sort of 'spiritual materialism' in this book (I guess it's a 'demographic' authors can write for now, in lieu of such from non-spiritual atheists like Hitch, Dawkins, et al). Anyone who would read the narrative portions without the reductionistic 'guidance' would come to the kind of appreciation he seeks to instill on their own. It hampers the simple enjoyment of the scientific venture we all take part in, as chemically-composed critters, that he takes otherwise-appreciable joy in writing about....more