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Category Archives: Rivers

Ben McGrath on ‘Riverman,’ the Story of an American Legend Who Disappeared

The cover shot of Riverman: An American Odyssey—a wide stretch of the Hudson River—was taken not far from Piermont, New York, where the book’s author, Ben McGrath, lives with his wife and two young children. “It would take me half an hour to be in that same spot,” McGrath says. He often does paddle there, […]

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Cattle-Tank Paddling: the Raucous Nebraska River Race Where Everybody Wins

“It’s just one of them things,” Mitch Glidden tells me. He’s smiling wide behind a thick horseshoe mustache. “You gotta get heads in beds.” When Glidden speaks, you listen; not only because he’s an inveterate storyteller, or because his eyes crackle like fireworks, or because he’s arguably the jolliest man in Hooker County, Nebraska, but […]

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‘Riverman’ Investigates the Disappearance of Dick Conant, Modern American Folk Hero

In late November 2014, a fisherman and his young son came upon an overturned red plastic canoe while they were out in the cypress swamps of North Carolina’s Albemarle Sound. The weather had been bad, and nobody was around. In the boat, according to New Yorker staff writer Ben McGrath’s new book Riverman: An American Odyssey, […]

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