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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Reckless Daughter, David Yaffe

A biography on Joni Mitchell, one of the finest singer/songwriters of a generation in my humble opinion. Yaffe conducted dozens of interviews those who know her and interviewed her as well 2007-2015. He dissects each of her notable and not so notable songs, telling the backstory- historically, lyrically, musically. He dives in to her lovers, her lyrics. A complicated and complete musician, an overall badass who did/does as she pleases, mind wide-open, and whose soul she let fly through her songs. You want to know Joni? Just listen to her library of music. She’s a Dylan, Carole King, a Springsteen… the few who care their souls time-and-time again in each and every song and words they create

Inside Out, Demi Moore

Nothing worthy but a summer read for the beach. Okay, I have no excuses… I don’t like to sit around at the beach and read, and it’s not summer. However, growing up I was a big fan of the movies ‘About Last Night’ and ‘Ghost’, so I thought, what the hell, take 3 hours out of my day and see what the hell Demi has been up to her whole life. The book is not long (about 250 pages), and she moves quickly - from a very difficult childhood full of trauma dealing with her insane mother Ginny, rise to fame, and various battles with addiction to adult pretty much full of the same stuff. It’s amazing she is still alive. She lets it all hang out, exactly how she’s feeling, doesn’t sugarcoat it, and let’

Our Story Begins, Tobias Wolfe

These were a mix of short-stories he’s recently written along with some classics. This is my first time reading Wolfe and wasn’t too impressed. At the time of this book release he was a professor at Stanford, had won all these awards and was praised for his literary works. I think it was the overall themes of each… they start going somewhere interesting and then die out like a deflated balloon. ‘Her Dog’ had the potential, and then, as in many of his short stories, doesn’t have an end… this I know, but at least take it some place where we feel satisfied – bad or good, or just a general feeling. Victor was left with a dirty face and John, a waif. I guess I just wanted more. His best was ‘Hun

Comes Again, Howard Stern

This is Howard’s third book, and by far his best. My, how times have changed. It’s based on his interviews with musicians, celebrities, and personalities. His interview style has grown leaps and bounds. I remember listening to him growing up, and it was all fart jokes and sex. Now, with years of introspection and therapy, he admittingly voices how it’s changed his life. The interviews are incredible and Howard has become one of the best interviewers today. My favorite sections where the interview snippets he placed in between the long-form interviews. Topics such as: sex & relationships, money and fame, drugs and sobriety, religion and spirituality, and gone to soon. It is a “a magnum opus

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