Read: Station Eleven

Nearly to the end of chapter two I found myself asking “Why am I reading this?” And then I read the last sentence. Holy sh%$. This book was good, really good. But there is an underlying message I can’t help … Read More

Read: Nomadland

Yes, there is all kinds of phony shit regarding hipsters and van life. In fact the hashtag #vanlife went on to become something of a phenomenon. But, most of it is total bullshit. However, there is a rapidly growing segment … Read More

Read: We Were Soldiers Once…and Young

I’ve read a lot about Vietnam. It was the photography of this war/conflict that inspired me to be a photographer in the first place. I saw a Larry Burrow’s image and it made me feel unlike I’d ever felt before, … Read More

Read: Physics of the Future

I have no business liking physics. When I tell you I am mathematically illiterate just know I’m not making a joke or being self-deprecating. I suck at math. But for some reason, physics always made sense. So when I found … Read More

Read: Enrique’s Journey

la guerra sin nombre, the war with no name. This is a heartbreaking book. As someone who has worked on the border, crossed over legally and perhaps otherwise over the years, I can say I still only know a tiny … Read More

Read: Killers of the Flower Moon

This book is heartbreaking but entirely in line with what you would expect when it comes to the white man encountering Native Americans. Let me try to summarize without butchering the plot. The Osage. A tribe we boot off their … Read More

Read: Hue, 1968

Why read a 500+ page book about a battle that happened in 1968? Several reasons. First, I became a photographer because of the photography that came out of the Vietnam War. Second, Hue was the battle that turned the tide … Read More

Read: North

Scott Jurek is an ultrarunning legend. Seeing as I know nothing about Ultrarunning, I’d never heard of him. He’s won everything that “these people” want to win. He decides to go after the speed record on the Appalachian Trail, which … Read More

Read: Old School

Old School by Tobias Wolff is a book to keep on your shelf. Quiet yet so powerful. If I had to translate into movie terms, which I’m sure the author would hate, I would say somewhere between Dead Poet’s Society … Read More

Read: Satori

You can pick up anything from Don Winslow and know you are going to find a good read. His border books are legendary, and I highly recommend all of them. Satori is a slightly different animal. Satori is a prequel … Read More

Read: Shibumi

You know how busy I’ve been if it’s September and my yearly book total is hovering around the forty book mark, half of my normal yearly total. Looks like it’s only going to get worse, but I’m not complaining. Love … Read More

Read: The Force

It’s a Don Winslow book. What more do I need to say? If you haven’t read Don Winslow yet, then skip this book for the time being. Go back and get your hands on his drug war series. Power of … Read More

Read: The Quantum Spy

So I just finished LAB 257 which was like having my head placed in a vice with the handle slowly turning. I needed something easy, something fresh, something doable. Enter The Quantum Spy by David Ignatius. It’s a spy book. … Read More

Read: Lab 257

I have Lyme Disease. I’ve had it for nearly five years. In short, Lyme has changed my entire life and is something I deal with on a daily basis. If I’m awake, I’m dealing with it.(As I write this my … Read More

Read: The Push

You would think this is a book about climbing, and it is, but it’s not as much about climbing as it is about a life. There is a translation issue here, and anyone who participates in a “fringe” sport will … Read More

Read: Sixty Meters to Anywhere

This is a quick read, but don’t let that fool you. A memoir. Good kid with bad problems does wrong, survives and attempts to make right. What pulls him from the edge of the abyss is family, luck, drive and … Read More

Read: Over the Edge

Again, I’m a bit behind the times here but after a visit to the local climbing gym my taste for climbing literature has, once again, risen about the waterline. Over the Edge by Greg Child covers the adventure, history and … Read More

Read: The Girl on the Train

A slow motion train wreck, but that’s the point. This was a great story by an author who knows the weaknesses of both the human mind and the human body, but also knows that even inside the deepest, darkest hole … Read More