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The Greatest Cartoon in History

The greatest cartoon in history Continue reading

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The 400… books, that is… some immortal, some not.

The 400 books I’ve read since I started writing Enduring Patagonia. With thoughts on one of the most terrifying statistics in the universe. (To me.) Continue reading

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The power of the internet. And of statistics. Both of which I find fascinating

As of this morning, this website has had visits from 119 countries. The US, the UK, Canada, China, and Australia have visited the most. Bolivia, China, Taiwan, Turkey, and the Dominican Republic have the highest average page views per visit, … Continue reading

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Learning To Fly by Steph Davis, reviewed by Gregory Crouch

Davis brings it all off with just the right touches of humility, too, because really, she’s phenomenally good at what she does. She barely has a foot in the same universe as the rest of us. Books are hard to end well, and Steph leaves us with a gorgeous fly-off, wrapping her story of loss and redemption, freedom, love, action, passion, and responsibility into a spectacular leap into a world “vast with possibility” from near the top of the Eiger. Continue reading

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GEO Magazine covers the Hump — CNAC, ATC, Moon Chin, Joe Rosbert, and No. 58’s crash

The June issue of GEO magazine has my article about the Hump Airlift on its cover — a great platform from which to stump for China’s Wings and laud the pioneering efforts of William Langhorne Bond and the China National Aviation Corporation. Continue reading

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Another Sistine Chapel truth

Another artistic truth etched in the Sistine Chapel ceiling: “When will it be done?” growled the Pope. “When it’s finished, [expletive unspoken],” replied Michelangelo. [A joke cribbed from a manuscript I’m reading.]

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Parenting, climbing, and Enduring Patagonia – watching my son read my book

Strange experience last night. My 12-year old son Ryan and I were reading at the kitchen table last night when he exploded with gales of laughter. Nothing too unusual about that, except for the fact that he’s reading my book, … Continue reading

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Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh with the plane they took to China

This morning, I stumbled across an interesting photo of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh and the Sirius flying boat they used on their famous survey flight to China in 1931 here, at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum’s website. … Continue reading

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The world’s most beautiful school libraries

A buzzfeed link to someone’s pick for the ten most beautiful school libraries in the world. They’re gorgeous, pillars of civilization. Thanks to Bo White and Amrita Dhar, I was in one of them last month.  

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More thoughts on David Oliver Relin’s tragic suicide

Building on yesterday’s post about David Relin’s suicide. The event haunts me. First off, let me do what I should have done first off yesterday, in my initial flush of shock and surprise, which is offer my condolences to his … Continue reading

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