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Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jul 2, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
True story: A friend of mine recently bought a used copy of Enduring Patagonia from Amazon, and tucked inside the book was a very risque note from girlfriend to boyfriend describing in exquisite and superb detail what she was going to do to him when he got back from the long expedition on which he was about to embark. Apparently the book was a gift to help him while away stormy days.

No names were included, but it suddenly occurs to me that the author or recipient of that note could be among us here on Supertopo...

If you're the author and you've ditched the guy, PM me... :-)

Addendum: if she were a better friend, she'd have bought the eBook.

Hope you enjoy China's Wings, Stevep. God knows I need readers.
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Jul 2, 2013 - 03:59pm PT
GC, I thought stuff like that only happened in male-written porn fantasies.

Sully, yeah that Marianne Bell story stuck with me. I can't say I was horrified by it, or totally creeped out, but it definitely left a disquieting feeling, and I was pondering it for a while afterward. How many people have morality dictated by fear and lack of opportunity vs. some inner notion of what they really think is right?
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 2, 2013 - 06:04pm PT
Guido,

in memory of the 150th anniversary, just plucked "Lincoln at Gettysburg" off the shelf, a book I inherited from my Dad. It'll be a reread. Last read was maybe 10 years ago.
sullly

Trad climber
Jul 2, 2013 - 09:35pm PT
Nutjob, some other parts you probably liked: Martha's volleyball photo, nose breaking, Kioawa, Lemon tree. I dare you not to cry when you get to the little girl with the red cap.
Gregory Crouch

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

climber
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.

http://www.houseofrain.com/bookdetail.cfm?id=1183863026528

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...
DesertRatExpeditions

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

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

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

mcreel

climber
Barcelona
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.
LuckyPink

climber
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.
MisterE

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

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Jul 5, 2013 - 07:36pm PT
Credit: FRUMY
TheSweetOne

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.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jul 9, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
"War"
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.
Brandon-

climber
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.
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