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Ghost, come closer

5 minutes

A fly fisherman glimpses his own death in the river that gives him solace

Facing the possibility of death following a cancer diagnosis, the American writer Jeff Metcalf finds solace in fly fishing the waters near his northern Utah home. Centred around Metcalf’s recollection of a particular trip to the river when he felt profoundly responsible for the life – and death – of a fish at the end of his line, Ghost, Come Closer is a lyrical meditation on uncertainty, patience and the places where we find meaning and comfort.

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Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview.

But we can’t do it without you.

Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview. Our mission is to create a sanctuary online for serious thinking.

No ads, no paywall, no clickbait – just thought-provoking ideas from the world’s leading thinkers, free to all. But we can’t do it without you.

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Essay/
Medical Research
In cold blood

Therapeutic hypothermia could save lives, propel interstellar travel and expand consciousness. Why the cold feet?

Philip Jaekl

Essay/
Wellbeing
The healing power of nature

The idea that immersing yourself in forests and nature has a healing effect is far more than just folk wisdom

Rebecca Lawton