the kisan family, who live on the outskirts of lakhapada, india adopted a sloth bear cub who, following a herd of goats, wondered into their home one day and didn’t want to leave. sloth bears are an endangered species, and, contrary to the docile nature of this one, are typically very aggressive and deadly. consequently, buddu, as he was named, was ultimately removed from the home by forest department officials and returned to his ever diminishing natural habitat. photos by biswaranjan rout
Book #47 Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Amy Sedaris’ brother also carries the comedy gene. Another recommendation, it’s a quick read full of amusing stories.
"Up close, Manhattan constitutes an oppressive series of staircases, but from a distance it inspired fantasies of wealth and power so profound that even our communists are temporarily rendered speechless."
Book #44 The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
The amount of money they made in the span of 5 minutes sickens me.
Book #43 Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
Since I’m one step away from becoming SCUBA certified, a co-worker of mine thought I might enjoy this. My God it was captivating…and some of the jargon was helpful to refresh my memory for my upcoming test. Divers discover a German U-Boat off the coast of New Jersey and literally re-write the history books after researching the wreck for almost 6 years.
Book #49 The World of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington
“I look at life like a big book and sometimes you get half way through it and go ‘Even though I’ve been enjoying it, I’ve had enough. Give us another book”
I still don’t know whether Karl is serious or if he’s the best comedic actor of all time, but I love him. This is Book 2 in my Fall of Carl series.
“They keep saying that sea levels are rising an’ all this. It’s nowt to do with the icebergs melting, it’s because there’s too many fish in it. Get rid of some of the fish and the water will drop. Simple. Basic science.”
and now onto Carl Sagan….
Book #48 How Paul Robeson Saved My Life and Other Mostly Happy Stories by Carl Reiner
So begins my Fall of Carl book list…complied of authors all by the name of Carl.
I love Carl Reiner. That is all. This book made me chuckle and I learned a handful of Yiddish words! A bi gezunt!
Book #46 Cat Power: A Good Woman by Elizabeth Goodman
Although the book touches on Chan Marshall’s interesting history and how Cat Power was formed, it felt like a really long album review. While that might be interesting to people who know her music inside and out, I really wanted more of a biography and not an extended discography.
Book #45 Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
A book full of 90s pop culture references to round out my summer reading list. It made me want to listen to Meatloaf and watch Saved by the Bell. It also made me somewhat envious of growing up in Fargo, North Dakota, just because living somewhere like that would give one a lot of motivation to leave their home town as fast as possible to follow their ambitions.
"Lots of people do not dream about morphing their current life into something dramatic and cool and metaphoric. Most people see their life as a job that they have to finish."
Book #42 The Tao of Willie by Willie Nelson and Turk Pipkin
You can never predict where inspiration will come from. I picked this book up a few years ago because it looked like fun, but I never got around to reading it. After cleaning out my bookshelves I rediscovered this lost gem. I never knew much about Willie, but he’s quite the interesting fellow.
"The Tao teaches that the act of creation is a form of liberation. You can’t always change the circumstances of your life, but you can change your perception of those circumstances and of the world around you by any creative act. Creation will set you free."