What I’m Reading

Stokely: A Life, by Peniel E. Joseph (Basic Civitas Books, 2014)
“Peniel Joseph has delivered a masterwork for generations to come. Without making the rough edges smooth, Joseph captures the essence of why Stokely Carmichael was the voice who aroused a voiceless generation, the wretched of the earth. We who knew the real Stokely in the many phases of his life always loved him, learned from him, laughed at his wisecracks, and were awed by his risk-taking and courage. He opened our dying culture to new possibilities of freedom.” Tom Hayden, Director, Peace and Justice Resource Center

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, by Scott Anderson (Doubleday, 2013)
“Scott Anderson’s fine, sophisticated, richly detailed Lawrence in Arabia is filled with invaluably complex and fine-tuned information… Lawrence in Arabia is a fascinating book, the best work of military history in recent memory and an illuminating analysis of issues that still loom large today. It’s a big book in every sense, with a huge amount of terrain to cover.” The New York Times

Drawing Autism, by Jill Mullin, forward by Temple Grandin (Akashic Books, 2014)
“Editor Jill Mullin has collected artwork from a host of painters and other graphic artists who are all somewhere on the spectrum. The fascinating and often lovely reprints in Drawing Autism help provide another perspective on the capabilities of people with autism.” Time Out New York

London Review of Books, Volume 36, Issue 16
“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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