Rick Bass is a prolific writer of essays, short stories, and long form fiction, many of them about nature and his adopted home in the Yaak Valley. Rick is also an outspoken environmental activist. His most recent book is called, "The Traveling Feast: On the Road and at the Table with My Heroes."
It goes without saying that 2020 was a weird year for all of us but in many ways, it allowed me the time to read a lot more than I have in most years previously. The launch of The Deckle Edge Podcast helped too, as I try and read everything I can the author has … Continue reading 2020 Books Read in Review
A review of "The Traveling Feast" by Rick Bass.
Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin is a gastro-intestinal surgeon in Houston, TX. When he was a young boy, Dr. Azimuddin along with his family was incarcerated in a refugee/civilian prisoner of war camp for two years following the India-Pakistan War of 1971. After almost fifty years he is finally telling his story though his book, The Boy Refugee: A Memoir From a Long-Forgotten War. In this episode, the shares his life and experiences.
The Deckle Edge blog has primarily been a place for me to write book reviews and that won’t change. But I also love documentaries, the recent one titled Unnur, by Chris Burkard being an excellent example. The short film, set in Iceland, follows the lives of Elli Thor Magnusson, “an Icelandic photographer, surfer, and former … Continue reading Unnur, a film by Chris Burkhard
Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins I’ve written before about my interest, if not utter fascination with human performance. In particular, I’m attracted to stories of people who find ways to push themselves far beyond what the rest of us think possible. And so, I read with particular interest and curiosity, Can’t Hurt Me: Master … Continue reading Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins
The Boy Refugee by Khawaja Azimuddin, MD In 1971 the Indo-Pakistani war erupted though depending on your perspective, the causes of the war might be different. Oppression, genocide, and nationalism are all potential, if not unusual culprits, and tensions were building in the region for some time. But if the causes weren’t completely clear, the … Continue reading The Boy Refugee: A Memoir from a Long Forgotten War by Khawaja Azimuddin, MD
Body of Water by Chris Dombrowski Like a glass smooth, cerulean flat stretching to the Caribbean sun, Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish by Chris Dombrowski is deceptively simple above the surface but complex, moving, and alive below. On its surface, Body of Water is a history of … Continue reading Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish by Chris Dombrowski
Not quite a year ago, one of my closest friends lost his wife. She lost her battle with mental illness and, for unfathomable reasons, took her own life. She left behind a devoted husband and two precious teenage sons. She also left a hole in the hearts of all who knew her. No one expects … Continue reading On the Fragility of Life
Luckenbach, Texas: The Center of the Universe by Becky Crouch Patterson Becky Crouch Patterson’s latest book, Luckenbach, TX – The Center of the Universe, will likely appeal to a wider audience than her others but is no less honest and rich. In it she tells the history of Luckenbach, TX as it was when her … Continue reading Luckenbach, Texas – The Center of the Universe by Becky Crouch Patterson