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my classics...

Anything by Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen). Ever since I saw Out of Africa, I was an admirer. Her art for storytelling may never be surpassed.

Rabbitt Hill by Robert Lawson.
Read this book in 4th grade...and never stopped. Little Georgie made a great first hero for me.

Albert Einstein's Ideas and Opinions.
I first came across this book in my cousin Andrea's bathroom in Germany...Pure wisdom.

Duncton Wood by William Horwood. First came across this book in high school. Watership Down was good, this book is better. Mole mythology at its best!

Beryl Markham's West with the Night. A female pilot in colonial Africa that grew up raising racehorses...and one of the best written books I've read.

more to come soon...

Sean's short list of authors
Fritjov Capra
Rachael Carson
Patrick Conroy
Isak Dineson
Albert Einstein
Richard Feynman
Jane Goodall
c u r r e n t r e a d s...

r e c e n t r e a d s

The Man who Wispers to Horses by Monty Roberts.
Another of my Nebraska trip reads. I've been wanting to read this book for a long time since I studied behavioral ecology at university and I was told that is what this book is all about...and it was. Roberts new system of training horses basically works on the principles of animal communication similar to what Jane Goodall has accomplished with chimps...learning how the species communicates and then speaking to them in their own language. We all do this, with dogs, cats and other animals. Robets is a fascinating person too. His tales of working with James Dean and Queen Elizabeth were humorous, but there were plenty of hard times too.

Mollie: The journal of Mollie Dorsey Sanford in Nebraska and Colorado Territories, 1857-1866. by Mollie Dorsey Sanford.
This was one of my reading books during my latest trip to Nebraska. Mollie and her family settle for a while just west of where I am from in Nebraska, along the Nemaha River. This book really is charming, the author was quite a character so the reading is never dull or too journal like. It also makes you realize how much we take for granted these days. There are times when Mollie is really up on life and then times when things are really hard and it comes through clearly in her journal.

Clicking by Faith Popcorn.
There is more jargon in the fist paragraph of this book than a re-run of Valley Girl...but I love it. Ms. Popcorn and her BrainReserve trendseekers are right on, searching the trendscape for the next big thing. I've read bits and pieces of the book over the years, but she's still right on even though the book is four years old. I may have to do a special page of Popcornisms when I'm done reading it.

Uncommon Wisdom by Fritjov Capra.
The movie Mindwalk introduced me to Fritjov Capra's book Turning Point long ago. Capra's systems theories have intrigued me ever since. This book is a recollection of Capra's conversations with several of this century's greatist minds including physicist Gregory Bateson and others. This book is my bus reading and promises to take a long time to read because shortly after I start it each ride, my mind wonders off into some question or deep revalation mentioned in the book.

Out of Isak Dineson in Africa: Karen Blixen's Untold Story by Linda Donelson.
Karen Blixen (pen name Isak Dineson) is my favorite author. Her stories of destiny have captured my imagination since I first saw Out of Africa in high school and have inspired much of my attempts at poetry and writing. The concept of destiny as a character and as an opponent stem from her work and her idea of "true aristocracy", the idea that some people are destined for great things and require a higher level of challenge and sacrifice to really feel alive, not only drives many of my creative writing thoughts, it influences my world view as well. Just when I thought I'd read everything about her, out pops this book in a used book store. It has been quite a while since I've visited the life and work of Dineson, so I look forward to this book.

Remembering Anna Akhmatova by Anatoly Nayman.
Akhmatova is the very essence of modern Russian Poetry. Like Karen Blixen, one of my other favorite authors, Akhmotova was a woman who had one life challenge after another. I've read many books on Akhmotova, but always look forward to a new find and since this book is a memoir of one of her friends, it should offer a new perspective into a very complex woman and artist. My poet/traveler friend Mark Moody gave me this book as a gift during a recent gift after I introduced him to her work so its a welcome and meaningful addition to my collection.

Six Not So Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman.
Feynman has been one of my favorite authors ever since I saw a documentary on him in high school. He was one of our greatest physicists this century, but still found the time to play bongo drums and track down the home of a Tuvan stamp in the former Soviet Union. Feynman's books What do You Care What Other People Think and Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman were favorites, so I look forward to reading some of his lectures in this book.

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