Many already know this, but Jim Harrison has died. Where many around here have deeply mourned the loss of musicians, I've never been particularly moved when a rock star dies (with the exception of John Lennon and SRV). However, I truly love Harrison's work. It's unashamedly poetic and the story telling is excellent and it generally deals in topics and locations I like. If you haven't read him try the Brown Dog novellas or Sun Dog (dogs actually have nothing to do with the stories) or Dalva.
He had quite a massive collection of very talented people from Hollywood, the environmental movement, fishing, cooking and hunting with whom he ran. A very brief list includes Tom McGuane (whose eulogy to JH is linked), J. Nicholson, Yvon Chouinard, J. Buffet, Guy Vandevelde, Russell Chatham, M Battali, Tom Brokaw, Rick Bass (another writer well worth reading), and Doug Peacock.
He improved my life as much as any artist has. He was also a Sparty and I forgave him for that long ago. Rest in Peace Jim