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: 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: 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: Surrender to the Flow

I met Phyllis Lane about twenty years ago at The Santa Fe Workshops. She is a total badass. Not the punch you in the neck kind of badass. Not at all. She’s the other kind of badass. The creative type. … Read More

Read: In the Shadows of the Sun

Enjoyed this. Ranching, American West, WWII, prisoners of war, testing of the atomic bomb, family, landscape, light, nature. Gave me flashbacks to childhood and made me feel at home because I read it while in Santa Fe.

Read: Tortilla Flat

It’s a f%$%$#$ Steinbeck. Just read it. After a recent trip to Monterrey I thought it appropriate to revisit a long lost friend. John Steinbeck. An American treasure for those of you don’t don’t know. Author, winner of the Nobel … Read More

Read: Amexica by Ed Vulliamy

I remember my first trip to the border. Had to be around 1984. Nuevo Laredo with my brother. We pointed my old Landcruiser south and drove until the signs forced us to stop. “Little kids are going to try to … Read More

Read: The Last Unicorn, William deBuys

So, here’s the thing. I’m not qualified to review fiction or nonfiction literature of any genre. Photography books are one thing. I can sling critique when it comes to images, but when it comes to the word I am so … Read More

READ: Letters to Mom

Madre, Dad’s outfits were really bad. This should have been an indicator to all of us that he wasn’t well, but let’s face it, fashion knowledge, or sense, were not part of his skill set. I will forgive the 1970’s. … Read More

Read: My Mistake

Film done. Negative in the enlarger. Forty seconds with a zero filter. Forty seconds with a five filter. No dodging or burning. Full rebate. Easel locked and loaded. Ilford Multigrade fiber, glossy. Expose. Move paper to developer tray. Four minutes … Read More