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Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jul 3, 2013 - 12:13am PT
I'm sorry, Nutjob...

the last bivy
Jul 3, 2013 - 12:59am PT
a friend recommended to me "House of Rain" by Greg Childs and I'm damn glad he did , I can't put it down. A narrative on the Anasazi of the southwest, he describes the current research and investigation of the vanished neolithic civilization. Fascinating, to say the least, in a ooncrete "go there, see for yourself" kind of way.

Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jul 3, 2013 - 12:25pm PT
At my son's insistence, I read Max Brooks' World War Z yesterday evening and last night.

A guilty pleasure, but a good one.

Ryan has been running around the house singing the following:

"It's a zooombieee apocalypse...
it's a zooombieee apocalypse...
it's a zooombieee apocalypse....
it's World War Z!!!!"

There are associated hand movements, but they're indescribable. And indescribably hilarious. He's 12.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 4, 2013 - 10:45pm PT
I've been reading Thomas McEvilley's Art & Discontent; Theory at the Milleninium and found this interesting bit in one of the essays:

"In antiquity, people did not read silently to themselves, but aloud to one another. Cicero had a reader who followed him around all day with the book in hand; at any idle moment--in the street, in the bath, at table--he would recommence the reading. Those who were not, like Cicero, professional readers and writers, read aloud to one another or to themselves. Literature did not yet seem separate from the voice, from the body, from the living breath (spirit); it did not yet seem a silent world of abstraction into which one might wander away from the world of sense and relationship. The first person on record as having read silently to himself is Augustine of Hippo's teacher Saint Ambrose. Here is Augustine's description of it: 'When he read, his eyes scanned the page and his heart explored the meaning, but his voice was silent and his tongue was still... Often, when we came to see him, we found him reading like this in silence... We would sit there quietly, for no one have the heart to disturb him when he was so engrossed... After a time we went away..." So Ambrose sat silent with his book, lacking apparent speech or locomotion..." [Saint Augustine, Confessions]

Interesting thought that "Books on Tape" is a regression to the past...

Trad climber
Flagstaff, Arizona
Jul 4, 2013 - 11:25pm PT
Doctor on Everest...

Jul 5, 2013 - 12:42am PT
cat's cradle

Jul 5, 2013 - 09:43am PT
Mila 18. Great read by Leon Uris. The near ending of which, looked like this.


Jul 5, 2013 - 02:08pm PT
I just finished 'Instructions for a Heatwave' by Maggie O'Farrell. I came upon it by chance, and it's great. I haven't enjoyed a novel so much for a while, now. So I kept on going, and started another one by her 'After You'd Gone' which seems to be really good, too.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Jul 5, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
Just "read" Dune on Audiobook. Highly recommended as the get some top notch voice actors.

the last bivy
Jul 5, 2013 - 02:25pm PT
McEvilly also wrote a comparative of early Greek and Indian philosophies containing a discussion of post modernism in the context of these ancient cultural influences.

Social climber
Jul 5, 2013 - 03:36pm PT
Mostly through "Reave the Just and other Tales" by Stephen R. Donaldson - really good stories!

Trad climber
Jul 5, 2013 - 07:36pm PT
Credit: FRUMY

Social climber
Concord, Ca
Jul 5, 2013 - 10:55pm PT
Funny, a new bookstore just opened near me in Walnut Creek, when was the last time a bookstore opened???
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jul 9, 2013 - 12:09pm PT
Frummy, I also enjoyed Toll's Pacific Crucible, although I didn't think it was as original as Six Frigates.

I also just fished out some worthwhile but more obscure books to recommend from the list of 400 I posted last week.

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jul 9, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm etc)
The book that goes along with the film Restrepo. (I haven't seen the film)
He gives a straightforward, no terror or gore spared, description of a top level Airborne team in the very nasty Korangal Valley, Kunar province in Afghanistan over several visits in their 18 month tour.
A lot of good insights into modern infantry warfare. All the high tech weaponry and intelligence available doesn't spare the grunts from facing the enemy at close range, once at VERY close range. Portraits of the men involved, you almost get to know these guys and for some, what they've been through before they signed up.
Truth can be more disturbing than fiction.

The Granite State.
Jul 18, 2013 - 12:53pm PT
Why hasn't anyone made a movie of TC Boyles Water Music?

I'm re-re-rereading it, and this time around it occurred to me that this book would make a great movie. Funny, adventurous, it's a great book.

I've read almost all of Boyles books, but this one seems to lend itself to a screenplay. I'm sure I'd be disappointed with the results, as books are always more vibrant, but it would be cool nonetheless.

Sport climber
Jul 19, 2013 - 03:29pm PT
Jean-Claude Izzo - A Sun For The Dying

Jean-Claude Izzo - A sun for the dying
Jean-Claude Izzo - A sun for the dying
Credit: Marlow

La Republica (Italy): "Jean-Claude Izzo knew how to recount stories of intense love found and lost, of the sea and the sun and their smell - above all the blue Mediterranean of Marseille - of the lives of forsaken tramps who wander the streets begging "please, can you spare me a little light""

The New Yorker: "What makes Izzo's work haunting is his extraordinary ability to convey the tastes and smells of Marseille, and the way memory and obligation dog every step Rico takes"

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Jul 19, 2013 - 03:34pm PT
I just stuck "The Good, The Great, The Awesome" (by mister Croft) in my bathroom. I've noticed that my climbing dreams have shriveled a bit with other life preoccupations. Time to rekindle the climbing stoke and plan for a future epic!
Captain...or Skully

Jul 19, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls.
I recommend it highly. I got it on the clearance table at the Library for 50 cents.

Kennewick wa
Jul 20, 2013 - 09:19pm PT
Just finished Running with the Kenyans. Interesting read about some of the reasons they dominate distance running.
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