Rodes Fishburne

Rodes Fishburne has been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and Forbes ASAP, where he was the editor of the acclaimed "Big Issue," an annual magazine of literary essays from leading writers and thinkers. He is a member of the Grotto, a San Francisco writers' collective. Going to See the Elephant is his first novel.

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Rodes Fishburne’s highly praised, “delightfully whimsical…sweet, comic” (USA TODAY) first novel is about a young, wide-eyed, innocent writer and his adventures in San Francisco. WHAT IF WE TOLD YOU YOU’RE ABOUT TO READ? “. . . an adventure story, a love story, a story about growing up”? ? He got the idea for the novel from a ferocious thunderstorm in Alaska that trapped him in a tent for twenty-one days with only a pair of headphones and a Walkman radio You’ll understand when you read the book…...

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February 14, 2011

When I was 23-years-old I worked as a fly-fishing guide in southwestern Alaska. I lived alone in a remote tent camp on the edge of a river called the Nushagak (nush-a-gack). It was 100 miles by floatplane to the nearest town, otherwise known as electricity.

Which made the tent I lived in all the more important. It was large, with a wooden platform, steel ribs, and a tough, white vinyl tent covering. In one corner was a little cot. And in another a cook stove. And in another a little library, which contained two things: a copy ofWar and Peace, and an old Playboy magazine.

One night at 2 a.m. the tent started shaking... see more

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