In Death's Throat

After a car crash, our art critic learns the challenge--and meaning--of survival

The night I nearly died closed off one of the best days fishing I'd ever had. It was late last May, and I was shooting a TV series about Australia for PBS, the BBC and Australia's ABC network. The crew and I had a day off in the old pearling port of Broome, on the Indian Ocean. I decided to visit one of my favorite spots on earth: Eco Beach, two hours' drive south. On that unblemished coast I fished with a friend, Danny O'Sullivan, who had taken up guiding after a long stint in the SAS, the Australian commandos. With...

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