ON KILLING: MEDITATIONS ON THE CHASE
Author: Robert F. Jones, Editor
Publisher: GLOBE PEQUOT ( THE LYONS PRESS, FALCON), Jul 2001
Controversial new collection on the ethics of taking animal life, offering both sides of this heated argument. New essays by Craig Nova, Dan O'Brien, Pam Houston, Louis Owen, Dan Gerber; juxtaposed with classic excerpts from Leo Tolstoy, Ernest Hemingway, Erich Maria Remarque, & more. Not merely an anthology of pieces written on hunting, it is a rich dialogue, reflecting the broadest spectrum of ideals, exploring what so many of us talk about or want to find new ways to articulate. 5x8 inches, 224 pgs.
Hunting is an exceedingly complicated and sensitive subject, with outspoken voices on both sides claiming righteousness. However, there is a huge range between the extremes in which thoughtful discourse on the issue becomes an examination of what it means to be alive and the ethics of taking an animal's life. When the voices are those of writers and philosophers past and present, some who hunt and others who don't, the debate becomes enormously satisfying and far more subtle.
In On Killing, new essays by Craig Nova, Dan O'Brien, Pam Houston, Robert F. Jones, Louis Owen, Dan Gerber, Jack Turner, Mary Clearman Blew, Le Anne Schreiber, and others are juxtaposed with classic excerpts from Leo Tolstoy's snipe-hunting scene in Anna Karenina, Ernest Hemingway's fictional debate on killing animals versus killing men in For Whom the Bell Tolls, Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, and Jos? Ortega y Gasset's pivotal essay "Ethics" from Meditations on Hunting, and interspersed with works from Jim Harrison, Isak Dinesen, Jim Corbett, Aldo Leopold, Charles Fergus, Roderick Haig-Brown, Stephen Bodio, Richard Meinertzhagen, The Bible, and more.
For thinking hunters, fishermen, naturalists, philosophers, and anyone interested in challenging discourse, On Killing is a book not to be missed.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Robert F. Jones is the author of seven highly acclaimed novels, including Blood Sport, and five works of nonfiction, including Dancers in the Sunset Sky, a collection of sporting essays. His work has appeared in Sports Afield, Men's Journal, Outdoor Life, Big Sky Journal, Audubon, Time, Sports Illustrated, Life, People, Harper's, Fly Rod & Reel, The New York Times, and Shooting Sportsman. He lives in West Rupert, Vermont.