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Original Essays | July 22, 2014

Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins



The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
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Holding Lies by John Larison
Holding Lies

orvis, January 1, 2013

In the long tradition of fishing literature as metaphor for life John Larison has crafted a fine novel weaving a morality tale through a great fishing story. Set on a mythical river on the southern coast of Oregon it reads as a paen to steelheaders and the chrome bright fish they chase. It is a work of place, family and conflicting loyalties of friendship and mentoring, both receiving and giving. Hank, an aging guide is welcoming his long distance daughter removed from his life by a separation brought on on 20 plus years before when he chose the river over a restrictive city lifestyle. "Holding Lies" is the best novel I've read since "mink River".
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A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright
A Short History of Progress

orvis, January 1, 2011

A short history of our current problems lacking only in concrete solutions to them.
This joins many other works such as Jared Diamond's "Collapse", Ian Morris' "Why the West Rules For Now", and John Michael Greer's "The Long Descent" in describing the hows and whys of our long journey to today. Well worth the read for all concerned about why we have found ourselves at such a critical juncture in human history.
While all these books certainly show us how we got here they all share in a shortage of solutions. Perhaps there are no "solutions" but rather understandings we all can use in preparing for an increasingly uncertain future.
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