Dakota Midday: British Writer Contemplates Old Age in South Dakota Winter
English travel writer Fraser Harrison is back in South Dakota for his sixth trip to the state in six years, but his first during winter. He turned 70 last fall and a return to the state during winter seemed like a good time to ponder old age and death. Harrison says he's interested in that period when one considers oneself as old, or oldish, but when one still retains mot of one's physical and mental powers, or enough to maintain a flourishing life.
In 2013, South Dakota Historical Society Press published Harrison’s book, Infinite West: Travels in South Dakota. Last year for the spring issue of South Dakota History magazine, he wrote a long essay about Yankton, a city he unfairly dismissed in Infinite West. He described the piece as an act of atonement and a prolonged thank you letter to the city.
Harrison is back in Yankton and he joined Dakota Midday for a discussion of winter in South Dakota and old age.