READING

 

I’ve always been an avid reader… especially when I began going on long expeditions and needed to keep preoccupied during storm days, rest days, loss of sanity days. One of my favorite things to do, still, is going to the library and check out a book. It’s like Christmas morning, especially if I’m fortunate to be the first to read a brand-new book they’ve just acquired.

 

The reason I’ve decided to start posting books I read is a selfish one.  If this gets one person to put down their smartphone, turn off their laptop or TV, and sit for an undisturbed period of time to enjoy a good book, then it’s worth it. The benefits are abundant.

 

Most books I read have been suggested to me by other readers, admirers, or in magazine reviews. Not every book I read I like… though a majority of those won’t be posted because I just can’t finish them… too boring and won't hold my attention.

 

Get outside, sit under a tree or pop in a tent, and read.

Skål,
Sean

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The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron.

Dubbed as a spiritual path to higher creativity hits on some basic principles that you’d think would be second nature to us, but in today’s society seems to be missing in many. The principles are based on ‘recovering’ lost standards, and how to go about doing that through a deep introspection. This is one area I highly believe in…. things aren’t going well in your life currently so you break it down, analyze and work toward changing the self. Those recoveries can be a sense of identity, power, integrity, compassion, strength, faith, etc. In today’s society I can easily see this book as an avenue people take to regain some type of control over their own lives.

The White Album, Joan Didion

One of her books in collection of writings from the 1960s and 70s. My favorite stories were those on her time with the Doors “erotic politicians” while they were in the studio recording; the Getty Museum from 77’ – “the Getty advises us that not much changes… that we are never any better than we are and will never be any better than we were…and odd monument, a palable contract between the very rich and the people who distrust them least.”; the women’s movement at the time in early 70’s that she suspected was “no longer a cause but a symptom”; her piece on Georgia O’Keefe (my favorite from her) being neither crusty nor eccentric… she was hard, a straight shooter, a woman clean of received w

The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell, Y. Bhattacharjee

This story solidifies how easily it is for government officials, who’ve got the security clearance, can get their hands on classified intelligence that could be a serious detriment to the security of the U.S. This happened in early 2000s… a citizen who became a traitor. Why? He needed money, that’s it. The deadliest of the 7 sins… greed. He had a good job, just him and his family couldn’t control their spending habits. He created an intricate espionage scheme and complex system of coded messages that he learned through researching past spies in history by way of the government’s Intelink system. Thankfully he was caught before damage was done, and the story of his coded messages and how he

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