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Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
Sometimes a Great Notion

Ben Thomas, January 21, 2013

Just one of the many wonderful books of the last 50 years that leave you with a couple nagging queries: "Why isn't this book required reading somewhere along the line? Why was I so lucky to stumble upon this ruby-red gem?". And I think the answer to question #1, and in turn #2, is because in order to reach the last page, one will have to have examined, opened oneself up a little bit, to see just what is ticking inside that brain and pumping through that heart. That's not so popular these days. Not just because it tends to hurt and lead to more questions that answers, but because we don't know that it's possible to hurt in such a way. And that it might not actually be a bad thing to hurt a little for once...instead of the general, drab nonchalance of not feeling at all. Who knows where it might lead?

Thank you Ken Kesey, what a lovely, passionate novel about life.
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Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
Desert Solitaire

Ben Thomas, January 1, 2013

This book, infused with just the right amount of humor, politics, and truth, is a wonderful commentary on the American West. The deserts, rivers, canyons, and rock formations Ed Abbey describes during his summers as a ranger at Arches National Park make you terribly desirous to drop what you're doing and drive all through the night to go see the Utah's rocky menagerie up close and personal. Having spent all summer gallivanting about the West, this book was a fantastic way to reminisce and put the beauty of the West into perspective. We have to protect it because if we don't, there will be no place to escape when the cities become too much, as Abbey says. A must read for anyone interested in a rugged, bearded man's thoughts on canyons, Caterpillar, and chunky bean soup.
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