Friday, July 04, 2008
Above, a pretty well-known photo of three fishermen, in my hotel room; the middle one (glared out a bit by my camera flash) is holding a fish head; below, "Boat Building", a wood sculpture by Kevin Coates in Newfoundland Crafts Gallery. With the decline of the cod fishery and the closing down of many remote villages, a whole way of life is becoming a museum piece: I'm afraid it will be sentimentalized into folk nostalgia.
One of our entourage bought this funny T-shirt over there that said: "Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll sit in a boat and drink beer all day."