What I’m Reading

The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present, by David Runciman (Princeton, 2013)
“Rivetingly written for a wide audience, this is David Runciman’s best and most original book to date–bold, clear, astonishingly well informed, and consistently excellent. His ecumenical curiosity is as engaging as it is disarming, pulling you into a history that is effortless to read and leaves you thinking about its insights long after you put it down.” Ian Shapiro, author of The Real World of Democratic Theory

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature, by Steven Pinker (Penguin, 2008)
“No one writes about language as clearly as Steven Pinker, and this is his best book yet.” Financial Times

I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (Acorn Press, 2012)
“This collection of the timeless teachings of one of the greatest sages of India, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, is a testament to the uniqueness of the seer’s life and work and is regarded by many as a modern spiritual classic.” Back cover, paperback edition

London Review of Books, Volume 36, Issue 7
“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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