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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.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 21, 2013 - 12:34am PT
I've got 4 going at once right now, most ever.

High Latitudes- Farley Mowat

Australia's Kakadu Man Bill Neidjie- Big Bill Neidjie, Stephen Davis, Allan Fox

Warriors, Rising Storm- Erin Hunter

Field Guide to Advanced Birding- Ken Kaufman

I trade off by mood.

Trad climber
a place where friction routes have velcro
Jul 21, 2013 - 06:41pm PT
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"Monsters of the Apocalypse" by Jordan Rawlins

and "Jitterbug Perfume" by Tom Robbins
David Knopp

Trad climber
Jul 22, 2013 - 10:32am PT
"I dreamed I was a Very Clean Tramp"
by Richard Hell (0f Television, heartbreakers, Voidoids fame)
best book on becoming an artist, a punk artist, communicating those feelings of making art and seeing it finally be realized.
And then the inevitable down turn with junk.
If you've read Patti Smith's Memoir, "just kids" this overlaps a bunch-but is much more nuanced and honest.

Trad climber
Sacramento CA
Jul 27, 2013 - 02:17am PT
I'm 3/4 of the way through Going Clear, the in-depth look at Scientology... LRH and the Corp of Scientology are insane and have done some of the craziest sh#t in modern history... great book

Mountain climber
Jul 27, 2013 - 03:15am PT
First book I've read that wasn't school related in over a year.... Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun. I first read this in seventh grade because I saw the Metallica video for the song One. I was like what is that weird movie in the video? It was from the film adaptation of the book.

Great anti-war novel and also has a sprinkling of early 20th century Americana. Hard to believe it was written in 1938.
Mark Rodell

Trad climber
Jul 27, 2013 - 04:15am PT
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The War on Drugs figures.
Michelle Alexander.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 27, 2013 - 10:28am PT
Thanks David I read just kids this spring and will def be picking up the Richard Hell book, I always liked his unique spoken / sung sensibilities

Trad climber
Asia, Indonesia, East Java
Jul 30, 2013 - 03:11am PT
I am ashamed to say, I had not read "Travels With Charley." Well, I just finished it. Excellent and fun read.


Trad climber
Salt Lake City
Jul 31, 2013 - 11:31am PT
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