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: Powering the Dream

I love the idea of renewable energy and green technology. I think about it all the time. And I don’t even really know that much about it. I love solar, wind, waves, etc.I ride my bike almost everywhere, to offset … 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: Barkskins

Maybe it was too late when the first hominid awoke and stared at the world. This is perhaps the underlying theme of this VAST and EPIC book. Now, a little background. Barkskins was given to me by a friend who … Read More

Read: The Line Becomes a River

Whoever recommended this book, thank you. If you have any interest in the border then read this book. What is this book? A detailed, historical look at the region? No. A book of facts and statistics? Not really. This book … Read More

Read: The Survival of the Bark Canoe

So, am I going to build a bark canoe? Probably not. Would I like to? Yes, I would actually. Working with my hands isn’t something I’ve done since my youth, and even then it was mostly manual labor jobs. But … Read More

Read: Patagonian Road

My singular question about this book is the title. I’m not entirely sure why the title is what it is because the author travels solo from Guatemala to Argentina with the ghost of Paul Theroux as her only guide, so … Read More

Read: Draft #4

I love John McPhee. I’ve posted a few of his books on this site, and can promise I’ll be posting more in the future. He’s intelligent, funny and his writing is so honed it makes me sick to think of … Read More

Read: The Hour of Land

Okay, The Hour of Land is rocketing to the top of my “books of the year,” list. I’m not entirely sure what year this book was written, but seeing as I just found it…it’s going on my 2018 short list. … Read More

Read: A Town Like Alice

I’m not telling you to go get this book. A Town Like Alice was first published in 1950, and subsequently reprinted many, many times, but it’s written in a very 1950’s way. You may or may not like this. Either … Read More

Read: A Visit From The Goon Squad

This is quite a book. Unique in my mind. I’m not really sure how to describe it, other than it snaps you off with precision, twisting and turning with a single paragraph. One chapter, toward the back, is all diagrams. … Read More

Read: Cruising Paradise

I really enjoyed this book, my fourth Sam Shepard in the past few weeks. This felt the most personal of the books I’ve read, and there are several things I found appealing. First, the chapters have the location where each … Read More

Dispatches: Courtney White

I found Courtney White through his books about carbon, conservation, ranching and the New West. He asked how I found these books but I had no answer. They seemingly just appeared in my vehicle where they have resided ever since. … Read More

Read: Heroes of the Frontier

Dave Eggers is quite the guy. Prolific author, nonprofit founder, magazine publisher, etc. If I wasn’t so bitterly jealous I would have linked out to all his endeavors, but just think of me NOT doing this as my little bit … Read More

Read: The Driver

I’ve never had a speeding ticket. I get excited by gas mileage. I don’t like speed. I’m buying a Subaru and not even getting the turbo option. So there was no real reason for me to read or like this … Read More

Dispatches: Chris Orwig

Flare? What flare? I don’t know what you’re talking about. Chris Orwig is a surfer, photographer, dad and author. He also does other stuff like build things, play things and he asks a lot of questions. In fact, this might … Read More

Read: The Age of Consequences

Courtney White brings us another gem with “The Age of Consequences,” which is about the critical juncture our culture and planet find themselves. For some reason it was especially poignant to read this during the time that Apple launched their … Read More