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Discussion in 'Scott Nix Frog Fan Forum' started by BillupsFrog, Jan 5, 2012.
Dan Jenkins fiction is always entertaining.
Went to the TCU event this evening in Austin. It was cool. No ground breaking info to report, but was interesting to hear Donati, GP, and Dixon speak.
I am a third of the way on "Into Thin Air" about the Mount Everest tragedy of 1996. Very interesting so far and I'm still on the boring part. I've got the illustrated version and the pictures from the expedition really bring the story to life. The guy is a really good writer.
I had it recommended to me by someone else who said it was outstanding. I'm learning quite a bit about mountain climbing as it goes into a lot of technical detail.
In one of my honors classes this semester we studied cultural/public memories and how they are remembered or shaped by different texts including books and movies.
For the final project presentation, one student compared the book “Into Thin Air” to the movie based on the book “Everest”.
It was interesting to see the way the Hollywood movie portrayed the expedition leader Scott Fisher contrasted with how he was in real life.
I bet it’s a great read.
Pretty much everything by Krakauer is worth reading. I highly recommend Under the Banner of Heaven. It’s a brief history about the Mormons and it’s fascinating. Into the Wild is amazing as well.
Three Cups of Deceipt isn’t worth the time.
Better or worse than the South Park version?
Drunk on Sports by Tim Cowlishaw is a good one about his battle with drinking. Has some great stories in there as well from when he was covering various teams
Read that one a while back, and you’re right, it is excellent.
Rise and Walk is an old one, but good.
American Sniper if you haven't read it already.
Lone Survivor if you haven't read it either.
One Shot-One Kill is another good one.
Here's an oldie and a favorite of mine. I adopted his travel technique on several road trips and really enjoyed them.
Might appeal to you as a singer/songwriter who travels a lot.
You've probably already read these, but outside of what everybody else has mentioned...
Flyboys by James Bradley
Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent
Brown's Requiem (or Black Dahlia or LA Confidential) by James Ellroy
I’d rec “Where Men Win Glory” about Pat Tillman - written by Jon Krakauer
The Undefeated, Junction Boys and Horns Hogs and Nixon Coming are all good reads.
Back when I was traveling a lot for work I started reading the Bill O’Reilly Killing Lincoln book. I liked it because I like history... a lot. I’m sure the series of “killing” books are all pretty good.
I’ll probably start the Killing Jesus book next.
It doesn’t necessarily fit your criteria but if you haven’t read 1984 in a long time you should. It is scary how accurate some of it is. Orwell was just a little too optimistic with the year he used.
Well, this story just keeps getting more interesting.
1. She did something or he did something.
2. Gotta bet that Krista Glover really knows how to party.
For those of y’all interested in Texas History, my mom just got me turned onto a podcast called “Wise About Texas” by a Texas judge named Ken Wise.
I just listened to episode 50 where he talks about the beginning of the Texas Rangers. I’ve always heard that my ancestors were involved with the genesis of the Texas Rangers, but never knew the specifics. Turns out that in 1823 Stephen F Austin wrote a letter stating that he was going to fund a private military/police force to help keep the colony safe from Indians, etc... they started off with 10 members and 3 of them were part of my family, Abner Kuykendall (my five-great grandfather) and his sons Gibson and Robert (I’m descended through Gibson). This group didn’t have a name at this point, but it is what ended up becoming the Texas Rangers.
Then starting in 1827, Abner apparently was the leader (captain I believe?) of this group for 5 or so years. Then if I remember correctly, they finally started becoming official and became called the Rangers sometime in the 1830’s.
Pretty cool stuff.
Anyway, I’ve only listened to the one episode so far, but it was pretty entertaining and I think a lot of y’all would enjoy it.