A conversation with Ariel Sabar. Ariel won the National Book Critics Circle Award for his debut book, My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for his Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq. His second book, Heart of the City, was called a "beguiling romp" by the New York Times and an "engaging, moving and lively read" by the Toronto Star. His Kindle Single, The Outsider: The Life and Times of Roger Barker, was a best-selling nonfiction short and adapted for the radio program This American Life. His latest book, Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife, was a finalist for the Edgar Award for best true-crime book of the year and for the Investigative Reporters & Editors Book Award.
A conversation with John Phillip Santos; a writer, journalist, and documentary filmmaker from San Antonio, Texas. His two memoirs, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation (a National Book Award Finalist) and The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire, together tell the ancestral stories of his mother and father’s families, an American origin story of the centuries-long migrations that emerged out of Spain, Mexico, and the lands that became South Texas. His book of poems is Songs Older Than Any Known Singer.
A conversation with Alexandra Fuller. Alexandra is a novelist, a journalist, and a memoirist whose most recent book, "Travel Light, Move Fast" was published in 2020. In this conversation we discuss her childhood in Rhodesia, racism, grief, loss, joy, and hope.
Terry Tempest Williams is a writer, a teacher, a naturalist, and environmentalist. Terry is a force of nature and views and voice are needed now, more than ever.
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