Read: Acid West

Who doesn’t love a book about New Mexico, ANY book about New Mexico? This is by far the best state, regardless if half of America doesn’t know we are actually a part of the US, and maybe NOT being part … Read More

Read: Pieces of the Frame

Did I mention I like John McPhee? I mean I like him like him. I do. And any book that ends with a chapter about New Mexico is going to find a cozy home on my bookshelf. McPhee does it … Read More

Read: Control of Nature

My advice is simple. Find John McPhee, read John McPhee. You have dozens of books to choose from and I have yet to find a bad one. McPhee, simply put, is one of my favorite authors. The book note right … Read More

Read: Never Surrender

Loved this book. A novel about Churchill. I just remembered something. I went to Winston Churchill High School and I managed to survive all four years and not learn a single thing about the man. Yeah! Public school! But hey, … Read More

Read: 1Q84

You know how I feel about Murakami. Well, he did it to me again. Murakami, and his style, hook me in each and every time. Things always start off so innocently. A woman in a taxi on an expressway. A … Read More

Read: World Without Mind

I know, I know, “World Without Mind,” kinda being played out in real-time here in the United States. Probably no need to write a book about it, but thankfully Franklin Foer took the time to do so. I love reading … Read More

Read: American Warlord

I blame my parents. “Why are you reading a book about West Africa,” someone asked with a snotty little look on their face. “Just curious,” I answered. Where did this curiosity come from? Parental units at a very, very early … Read More

Read: The Education of an Idealist

I love books like this. Honest, at times ugly, political history style memoirs that reveal details that were not public information during the time they went down. It doesn’t matter your political slant. Our political system is flawed, fundamentally flawed, … Read More

Read: Team Human

Just know going into a Rushkoff book you are going to need a lot of paper for the subsequent note-taking you will find yourself driven to do. “Team Human,” was the right book at the right time, at least for … Read More

Read: Life Undercover

When I was in high school, a friend of my father’s tried to recruit me into the FBI. He was a former agent, also named Dan, and said “You are perfect for this.” For some reason, my pitch back to … Read More

Read: Nine Stories

Salinger. He’s a bit bent. And that’s why I like him. Those last two paragraphs. That last line taking a story on a violent ride in a new direction while it ends right in your face or fragile mind. You … Read More

Read: Killing Commendatore

Sometimes we are caught off guard, even when we think we might know someone or something. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read from author Haruki Murakami but none of these prior books really prepared me for Killing Commendatore. This book starts … Read More

Read: Deep South

Paul Theroux is famous. He has literally fame. And he writes his ass off. you might know The Mosquito Coast, or Dark Star Safari or The Great Railway Bazaar. There are many, many more. Deep South should be added to … Read More

Read: My Salinger Year

Loved this book. Truly. Buy the paper version. Such a fun read. Funny and depicts an industry I find endlessly fascinating. Literary publishing. And in this case, an “agency” steeped in traditions that have NOT faded. No computers, no email, … Read More

Read: Gold Fever

Turns out, there is gold in them hills, probably a lot of it. The hard part? Well, like all kinds of luck, finding it tends to be a real bear. I loved this book which was a good blend of … Read More

Read: The Nature Fix

This is a wonderful book. Yes, preaching to the choir in my case, but I consider that one of the most fortunate aspects of my entire life. I had a father who knew what untouched wilderness was all about and … Read More

Read: Black Edge

It’s rigged. It really is. And the bad guys don’t go to jail, mostly. And, at this point, the government isn’t really interested in stopping illegal financial activity. It’s as simple as that. Oh, and sometimes the government lawyers quit … Read More

Read: The People in the Trees

Fiction. Ahhhh, fiction. Hello, my old friend. Fiction is so relaxing. Just looking for a good story, and I found one. Hanya Yanagihara’s “The People in the Trees,” is an odd story but one that runs parallel to many of … Read More