Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

  • By now, we may begin to appreciate the difficulty in knowing the precise history and evolution of the Grand Canyon. It may appear to be an impossible task to look back through so much time and so much erosion and definitely piece together a coherent story of how this great gorge was carved.

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

  • A fan of non-fiction books, particularly those with a natural history bent, I figured The Swamp by Michael Grunwald would be a perfect match for my interests. After all, as the subtitle pointed out, this book focuses on "The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise."

Friday, August 18th, 2006

  • The tough thing about judging the quality of a hiking guidebook is it's hard to do unless you've personally hiked the trails covered in the book. And if you had, you really wouldn't need the book, would you?

    Well, the other day the mail brought a review copy of Top Trails, Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks to me.

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

  • Books are damn hard to write.

    And let me be clear. I don't rank guidebooks, such as the ones I've written, with novels, be they fiction or non-fiction. Guidebooks are little more than encyclopedic accounts of a place. I would venture that most anyone, paired with a good editor, could get the job done.

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