What I’m Reading

The Japanese House: Architecture and Interiors, by Alexandra Black and Noboru Murata (Tuttle Publishing, 2012)
“Much admired for it’s purity of form and its harmony with the natural environment, the Japanese house is one of the classic forms of residential architecture. The Japanese house reveals the unique style of domestic architecture and interior aesthetics that is native to Japan: the beautifully simple porportions based on the measure of the tatami mat, the fluid floor plan with its movable screens to divide and expand space, and the use of ceramics, textiles and nature itself to enhance the home environment. These elements and more are explored through thirteen of the most inspiring houses in Japan” (Publisher)

Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times, by Andrew Piper (University Of Chicago Press, 2012)
“Book Was There occupies a niche somewhere between a couple of fields of study that were already interdisciplinary. One is the history of the book, from scroll to e-reader. The other is a phenomenological psychology of reading—an effort, that is, to describe the concrete experience of engaging with the written word, which involves more than the sense of sight, or even the neural processes that somehow convert squiggles into meaning.” (Inside Higher Ed)

Los Angeles Stories, by Ry Cooder (City Lights, 2011)
“The stories of Ry Cooder are a lot like his music: stately, precise, well constructed; they grab you by the throat, quietly, and never let go… Cooder is a passionate historian of Los Angeles, curating its small joys and predilections, its cultural pratfalls and senseless tragedies… Los Angeles Stories is an unusual book, old-fashioned but not out of fashion. Its most beautiful quality is the genuine pathos, conveyed with tact and skill, for a city that has vanished, that has always been vanishing.” (The Iowa Review)

London Review of Books, Volume 36, Issue 15
“Since 1979, the London Review of Books has stood up for the tradition of the literary and intellectual essay in English. Each issue contains up to 15 long reviews and essays by academics, writers and journalists. There are also shorter art and film reviews, as well as poems and a lively letters page. A typical issue moves through political commentary to science or ancient history by way of literary criticism and social anthropology.”

Note: If you’d like to see a book review of any of the books you see here, please let me know. Thanks!

6 comments

  1. Hey Alan, I am 36 and just started running last year (I have been barefoot training/hiking for about 15 years now). Wanted to start a LONG time ago but had issues with cardiac insufficiency do to an auto-immune disorder.
    I am really impressed and inspired with your story, thanks a lot and way to be the animal we’re supposed to be!

  2. Thanks Alan, I will read the info. I will be sure to look for you in all the races we do this year. We are currently signed up for ATB 30k and Chicago in the fall. Once again thanks for sharing your story…..I found it very inspirational.

    Rolf

    1. Unfortunately, I’m not doing AtB this year. (Have done it twice.) Will be interested to know how that and Chicago go for you. Let me know, OK?

  3. Hi Alan,
    My name is Rolf Hauckwitz. Carey Chappelle and I did a number of rides with you around 2002-03. You were very inspirational at the time and we had quite a few laughs. Then after 2003 PBP we started riding out of Port Elgin as Carey started a chapter up there. That is when I lost contact with you. I am sorry to hear of all the things that have happened to you but you certainly faced up to them. I started running myself in 2008 and done numerous half and one full marathon. Then I was taken down with plantar fasciitis and still have numb hands and feet from 2011 PBP. I was getting discouraged until I read your story. Wow 14 months of rehab and 2 cancer battles! Thanks for sharing your experience…It really changed my perspective. I wish you continued success and would like to hear from you.

    Rolf
    twowheelers6@sympatico.ca

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