Tag: recommended for the enthusiast

  • Brakeley’s Skiing with Henry Knox

    Skiing with Henry Knox: A Personal Journey Along Vermont’s Catamount TrailSam Brakeley  I have a real soft spot for books like this. Young dude decided to take on doing the Catamount Trail, (a cross country ski route that runs the length of Vermont) in a single push. Ostensibly he’s doing this to give himself time […]

  • von Straten’s In Search of Lost Books

    In Search of Lost Books: The forgotten stories of eight mythical volumesGiorgio von Straten, Simon Carnell (Translator) A wonderful little book chronicling the stories of books lost to time. By “lost books” von Straten isn’t referring to rare books, or even books we know were published, but no longer have. Here’s he’s talking about the […]

  • Sibley’s Birding Basics

    Sibley’s Birding Basics: How to Identify Birds, Using the Clues in Feathers, Habitats, Behaviors, and SoundsDavid Allen Sibley David Sibley, is the author of perhaps the most popular guide to birding in the U.S. Sibley’s Guides. Gorgeously illustrated with his own renderings and written in a wonderfully dense, descriptive way, my Sibley is one of […]

  • Schultheis Bone Games

    Bone Games: Extreme Sports, Shamanism, Zen, and the Search for Transcendence Rob Schultheis This one is a pretty deep cut in the world of endurance literature. The premise is that extreme sports (mountaineering, ultra endurance events, etc) are a modern, western, form of vision quests. An attempt by domesticated, bored, largely affluent, westerners to reconnect with […]

  • Nestor’s Breath

    Breath: The New Science of a Lost ArtJames Nestor A clear example of book that should have been an article. There’s some good stuff in here on breath work and its (arguable) importance to health as well as heaping helpings of the kind of anecdotal bro science I tend to enjoy, but don’t take too […]

  • Kaminsky’s Dancing in Odessa

    Dancing in Odessa Ilya Kaminsky Another beautiful collection from the talented Illya Kaminsky, this one more focused on the beauty in the ordinary. I like this collection fine, but Kaminsky’s slightly later work, Deaf Republic, which I read last year is a work of true brilliance and really worth reading. If you’re new to Kaminsky […]

  • Carroll’s Bullet Journal

    The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the FutureRyder Carroll I have been keeping a journal off and on since I was a teenager, this year I started experimenting with using a bullet journal and got this book. In basic, Bullet journaling is a system for journaling that is flexible enough […]

  • Jacobson’s Pale Horse Rider

    Pale Horse Rider: William Cooper, the Rise of Conspiracy, and the Fall of Trust in AmericaMarc Jacobson William Cooper you have so much to answer for. The author of Behold a Pale Horse, the ur-text of modern American conspiracy theory gave birth to a thousand late night stoned conversations, perpetuated antisemitism, encourage the militia movement, […]

  • Krakauer’s Eiger Dreams

    Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men And Mountains John Krakauer A collection of Krakauers early works, pre best seller, stuff focused on the world of rock climbing. Some of this is hilarious to read now (have you heard of this new thing called “bouldering”? Its getting kind of popular) and some of it still feel fresh (canyoneering […]

  • Gittlitz’s I Want To Believe

    I Want to Believe: Posadism, UFOs and Apocalypse CommunismA.M. Gittlitz Ohhh boy this one is niche. The story of the rise of Posadism, perhaps the strangest of Trotskyite political sects, and trust me when I say Trotskyite sects can get pretty weird. Here is Posadism – a Trotskyite sect arising first out of the leftist […]