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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Sticky Fingers, Joe Hagan

Biography on Jann Wenner and the history of Rolling Stone magazine from its inception up to today. This blew my respect for Wenner and the magazine. Wenner is an innovator, but also came across as quite the jerk. He backstabbed people left and right.. most specifically John Lennon, Paul McCartney and anyone else who dared messed with vision and goal to make money and have Rolling Stone become more successful. He took in stride as part of what you needed to be in order to make a magazine successful. I disagree. Those with no honor or code of ethics are just plain assholes. Wenner was intent on influencing the story at every turn, spinning away negative stories and highlighting his deeds wit

One Day, Gene Weingarten

Great idea… pick one day at random, Sunday, December 28, 1986, and write about what happened in the USA on that day… a woman who got a new heart; a man who lost his life trying to save two babies; a mayor booed by his loyal constituents; the story of two people who died of AIDS; a man who somehow survived his helicopter crash; football replay; Jerry Garcia and the Dead’s performance in Oakland, CA… an uneventful day that was eventful. Single day events are hard to hold on to in the relentless flow of time. Those who brush with death and survive, face-to-face with their own mortality… humbling experiences. It changes your perceptions… but denial quickly takes hold again, and we return to the

Saint X, Alexis Schaitkin

Paradise gone wrong when a college girl dies while on vacation with her family. There are moments in a person’s life that define you, some that end up defining the rest of your life. For Claire, it’s her sister dying while the family was on vacation in a Caribbean island called Saint X. The mystery of Alison Thomas’s death remains unsolved until years later, when sister Claire runs into one of the original suspects in NYC, befriends him, and hopes to piece together what happened to her sister. Claire is obsessed, as one would be, to find the truth… and the peripheral characters introduced alter our understanding of what went down. And in the end, there really isn’t closure, as in life, how c

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