Read: Chasing the Scream

The War on Drugs is one of those things I find fascinating/depressing from a variety of angles. We’ve probably all been singed by it at some point. Family members, friends, friends of friends, caught up, locked down, shut out or … Read More

Read: All the Wild that Remains

As many of you know, I’m a man of The West. I love open spaces, and when I find someone who understand this region, and can write about it, well, I just about fall in love. David Gessner’s “All the … Read More

Read: Dead Wake

I know little about history. I make no claim otherwise. And even the things I THINK I know about, often times, turn out with different endings. But that’s okay. What other choice do I have? So I read. Trying to … Read More

Read: The Billion Dollar Spy

I love a cyanide pill as much as the next guy, so what’s not to like about David E. Hoffman’s “The Billion Dollar Spy?” Being forty-seven-years-old I remember The Cold War, and I remember the underlying threat simmering just below … Read More

Read: Almost Somewhere

Humor goes a long way with me. I spend much of my time around photography, and there is a dire lack of humor floating around the Halls of Photo Justice. But Suzanne Robert’s “Almost Somewhere” has enough humor to cover … Read More

Read: Dirt Work

I loved this book. Christine Byl’s “Dirt Work, An Education in the Woods,” reads so smoothly I found myself reading and rereading passage after passage just because I found them so demanding of my contemplation. Her fluctuating definitions of wild … Read More

Read: Buried in the Sky

I have no interest in climbing high mountains. Well, let’s say anything over about 14,000 feet. I’ve been higher in the Andes, but it wasn’t a pure climb unless you consider a Mercedes Sprinter Van “unassisted climbing.” Things like Everest … Read More

Read: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

I’m sure many of you know this book, and yes, this book arrived on shelves decades ago, but I never knew the real hippies. I was born in 1969, and by the mid 70’s it was all beginning to come … Read More

Read: Quiet

I actually finished this book while in the middle of a party with at least 300 people. I sat on a chair and read. “You can do that?” someone asked. “Yep.” Susan Cain brings us this book, “Quiet, The Power … Read More

Read: Life and Death in the Andes

This is a fantastic book. Read it. Certain people have a writing style that is as easy to consume as real gelato. Smooth, creamy and fattening in all the right ways. The problem you will have with this book, especially … Read More

Read: Paris to the Pyrenees

“Do we have time for a visit?” I asked, checking my pedometer and watch. “About three months,” Alison reminded me. “Who’s keeping track, other than you?” I have to say, at first I was not interested in reading this book. … Read More

Read: 438 Days

Several weeks ago I got in an elevator, punched my desired floor and waited while the doors creaked shut. Several minutes later the device made a groaning sound followed by a chorus of metal on metal noises then shuddered to … Read More

Read: The Quest by Daniel Yergin

Do you really think I’m going to recommend a 700 page book about energy? Because I am. Daniel Yergin is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Prize and his latest creation The Quest is a beauty of a follow … Read More

Read: This is Your Brain on Music

There is a line in the movie Margin Call where the Jeremy Irons character is asking a young analyst to sum up his findings in regard to an impending financial collapse of epic proportion. “Please, speak to me as you … Read More

Read: Extreme Medicine by Kevin Fong + More

You might be wondering what the “+ More” from the title is referring to, so I’ll tell you. I read paper books, but I also read on the Kindle. Difficult to do the cover image of the book when you … Read More

Read: Alone on the Wall

If you don’t know of Alex Honnold prepare to have your mind blown. A little context. I made my first attempt at rock climbing in about 1990 while attending the University of Texas in Austin. I was assigned to make … Read More

Read: The Wisdom of Yoga

For those of you who don’t know, yoga is a big part of my life. I’m not going to wax poetic about this practice however. Yoga occupies only about thirty-minutes of my day, but it’s perhaps the most important thirty-minutes … Read More