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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Serving the Servant, Danny Goldberg

The base of the book is the author’s subjective description of the time he was connected to Kurt Cobain (the last three and a half years of his life), when Kurt did the work he is most remembered for. Goldberg was Nirvana’s music manager. He discusses in detail the relationship b/w Kurt and Courtney Love, Kurt’s addictions, his suicide, the aftermath. A page-turner for those who like Kurt and the grunge scene. He does a good job examining the hardships of fame, and what can do to a person… the complexities of a rock star – the good and the bad. It’s his opinions so take it as you will. You can see he definitely worships Cobain and Love, and the respect he has for them both is immense.

Mobituaries, Mo Rocca

Mo talks about life and death and those that maybe got the raw end of the deal… that should be known by the general public, but aren’t. People who made life worth living for the rest of us. Makes us to think about who gets remembered, and why. He’s a good storyteller, with humor where appropriate and seriousness when needed. I like books like this that are multi-page blurbs into the life of others. You get the meat of their story without all the fluff. Great story on Billy Carter, Jimmy Carter’s brother, Audrey Hepburn, Sammy Davis Jr, the death of medieval science and just how hardcore it was back then in the medicine/healthcare world. My favorite was the story on Thomas Paine – a first-tie

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