Hog Blog Spotlight – The Mallard of Discontent
January 30, 2014
This may or may not become a standard Thursday thing, but here’s another look at one of the blogs I enjoy… Chad Love’s The Mallard of Discontent.
Maybe you’ll see a trend here, but Chad’s blog is another example of blogging for the joy of writing. It’s not the typical hook-n-bullet stuff (not that there’s anything wrong with that). In fact, it’s often not typical of anything. I’m pretty sure that’s why I like it.
Chad is a talented writer with an interesting perspective. There’s cynicism laced with common sense, spiced with humor and a little environmentalism… all nestled alongside some good, solid outdoors writing. It is not without reason that his blog banner includes the cover of Edward Abbey’s Vox Clamantis in Deserto.
As a hunter, Chad’s tastes appear to run a bit more to the birds than my own, but that doesn’t diminish my appreciation of his work. It’s worth note that many of the finest outdoor writers (from a literary point of view) were bird hunters… and in Chad’s writing I sometimes get a whiff of the legacy of writers like Nash Buckingham and Ernest Hemingway. Not that Chad is the current incarnation of these greats (I wouldn’t want to swell his head), but he’s definitely a reflection of a style and period when the story was really a story, and not merely an extended paean to the highest paying advertisers.
Anyway, if you’ve never visited his site, you ought to drop by.