“Toledo... the germ of a second Buffalo.” Pierre Irving, nephew of Washington Irving and an early Toledo land speculator, in an 1836 letter to a friend. with Wooly Buggers, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Muddler Minnows, Soft Hackles, and other oddly-named (and expensive) lures that once were attached to the line of my fishing pole. I’ve given up and gone back to catching bluegills with worms on a bobber. But another thing is that American failure so often leads to... success. merica’s exceptionalism lies not in its successes, but its failures. For one thing, there’s the fact that we get to fail. America is a place of bountiful personal and economic freedom, which means we can try almost anything we can think of. And when we try almost anything we can think of... we fail. Not all the time, but pretty often. It’s like me and fly-fishing. The tree branches over my local trout stream are festooned
By P.J. O’Rourke
A LESSON IN SUCCESSFUL FAILURE
Above: Toledo today. Right: “Toledo Tomorrow” (1945).
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