What I’m Reading

Independence Day: Bascombe Trilogy (2), by Richard Ford (Vintage, 1996)
“Each flash of magical dialogue, every rumination a wild surprise… Independence Day is a confirmation of a talent as strong and varied as American fiction has to offer.” The New York Review of Books

Saraban: A Chef’s Journey through Persia, by Greg and Lucy Malouf (Hardy Grant Books, 2013)
“There is no doubt that this is a country and a culinary tradition bursting with possibilities. All that’s needed now, is for someone to explore them and share them with the rest of us. Fortunately, Greg and Lucy Malouf have.” Anthony Bourdain

Granta, Issue 131: The Map Is Not the Territory (Spring, 2015)
“In its blend of memoirs and photojournalism, and in its championing of contemporary realist fiction, Granta has its face pressed firmly against the window, determined to witness the world.” Observer

Note: If you’d like to see a 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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