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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.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
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"
nutjob

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

climber
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.
Srbphoto

climber
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.
ninjakait

Trad climber
a place where friction routes have velcro
Jul 21, 2013 - 06:41pm PT
Shamelessly promoting the ebook I illustrated! :&#41; <br/>
www.monstersof...
Shamelessly promoting the ebook I illustrated! :)
www.monstersoftheapocalypse.com

Credit: ninjakait

"Monsters of the Apocalypse" by Jordan Rawlins


and "Jitterbug Perfume" by Tom Robbins
Matt Sarad

climber
Jul 21, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
Philip K. Dick - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
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.
TheTye

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
bergbryce

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

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
Guangzhou

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.



Kenygl

Trad climber
Salt Lake City
Jul 31, 2013 - 11:31am PT
Bad Monkey-awesome
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
Jul 31, 2013 - 12:06pm PT
Just finished, "Defying Hitler" by Sebastian Haffner. It is a personal memoir of growing up in Germany from a little before World War 1 till about 1934. He describes experiences like the excitement of getting daily war updates and how wonderful it was that the Germans were steadily winning the war. The strange mental and emotional confusion and social collapse when the war was not won. There was a period when inflation was so high that only quick thinking teenagers and children could respond fast enough and irresponsibly enough to make any profit. Children were rich, while parents were paupers.

When the Nazis gain power, he is continually amazed at how brazen and cruel they are and how no one stands up to them. He speculates on aspects of German character that might explain this.

The book describes aspects of that time that I was completely unaware of, so I found it fascinating. It is well written and very easy reading. The book was unfinished, so unfortunately does not describe his last 4 years in Germany from 1934 to 1938. An afterward by the authors son tries to fill this in a little bit.

A common activity of the Nazis was to march around with flags and music. They loved dramatic and patriotic marching music. As the flags passed, all people on the street had to salute, "Heil Hitler" with arms outstretched. If some unfortunate did not salute, the marchers beat them up. The author, not wanting to salute, would always flee and hide when he heard the marching music approach. Anyone who did not want to get beat up had to hide. Near the end of the book, he wants to take his law exams, but the Nazis announce that all law exam candidates must report for "Ideological Training". The main training consists of marching around in Nazi uniforms, singing songs and beating up anybody who does not salute as they pass.

Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Jul 31, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
Just finished Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
which was really good. Quite amazing story actually.

And I'm a good chunk into 1491 which I hadn't read yet. I'd highly recommend both of these books.

cheers
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jul 31, 2013 - 12:46pm PT
The History, Herodotus

450 BC +/_

So far a lot more entertaining read than Thucydides.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jul 31, 2013 - 01:24pm PT
PIKHAL - Phenethylamines I have known and loved, by Alexander Shulgin

The experiences of a world-renowned chemist-explorer (and his soon to be, and then wife)as he synthesizes and experiements with various mind-altering compounds (typically experiementing on himself first, then among a group of his psychedelic explorer friends).

Based on the actual experiences of Mr. & Mrs. Shulgin, but written in a slightly fictionalized format (to protect some of the players I'd guess). A fascinating blend of chemistry/science and exploring the psychedlic frontier.

Not the best flowing prose in this one, but entertaining nonetheless, and nicely broken into chapters by compound, so it reads almost like a collection of short stories.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jul 31, 2013 - 02:00pm PT

Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant
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