The Weekender Effect by Robert William Sandford
I started reading this book right around the time that the federal government gave the green light to the Glacier Discovery Walk in Jasper National Park. Although the book is about the devastating effects of superficial “weekender” citizenship on small mountain town culture, I felt this quote right near the beginning was apt:
The mountain West is different from the rest of the country – and from most of the rest of the continent – in that it is not what we constructed out of the landscape that most deeply and enduringly defines us as a people. It is not what we built that truly makes us unique as a culture, but what we saved.
It’s a charged and emotional quick read, and you can get it on iTunes here.
Past, present, future.
2011 was a good year in reading.
Dave Eggers as usual, really enjoyed Roberto Bolaño and Worlds Away has me thinking about urban planning.
What did I read in 2010?
I had a goal to read at least one book each month. I did fall behind for a while, but I ended up reading more than twelve in total. The intent was to read more (than nothing) so I’m counting it as a success!
The majority were physical books, and probably half a dozen were read on my iPad. I still buy and receive physical books, ironically enough. I don’t feel like ebooks are quite where they should be yet, which makes me hesitant to commit to any one store or format.
- You Shall Know Our Velocity! by Dave Eggers*
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
- Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut*
- The Bicentennial Man And Other Stories by Isaac Asimov
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick*
- Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
- Conversations With Kennedy by Benjamin C. Bradlee
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- The War In The Air by H.G. Wells
- Bowl Of Cherries by Millard Kaufman*
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy*
- Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
- Obsession: The Lives and Times of Calvin Klein by Steven Gaines
- Love Story by Erich Segal
- God’s Debris by Scott Adams*
- What Is The What by Dave Eggers*
These ones are up next on my side table:
“We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.” — John Waters (via fffrankie)