This is a book that I wish I had encountered maybe 27 years ago and read again today, so that I could compare my reaction then and now. Probably whenThis is a book that I wish I had encountered maybe 27 years ago and read again today, so that I could compare my reaction then and now. Probably when I was about 18 or 19, I remember constant excitement as I was discovering unconventional and weird books, art, and films. The Cage read back then would likely have had so much significance, and so much of it would have felt so personal.
But reading it now with a layer of objectivity built up over the years and a strong base of material already discovered, I just really enjoyed The Cage for its strange narrative structure and surrealistic style, without being so caught up in what it was really supposed to mean. Both ways of seeing things are good, they are just different.
I am not a fan of memoirs, and read this specifically with hope of getting a few new tips on vegan eating for athletic performance. But I was pleasantI am not a fan of memoirs, and read this specifically with hope of getting a few new tips on vegan eating for athletic performance. But I was pleasantly surprised by how well written and edited the memoir part of the book was compared to my expectations.
About 3/4 of the book is the memoir, and the last section has specifics about the author's diet and training regime. Although I already have researched and read a fair amount about plant-based eating and nutrition, I still found some new ideas. There is also a good resource list for books and foods, and other favorite products of the author. I would not have minded if a few recipes were included, but the author and his wife had previously released an ebook with recipes, so the exclusion is totally understandable....more
I picked up this book as a long time vegan looking for some tips on optimizing my eating for the cycling and running that I have been doing for many yI picked up this book as a long time vegan looking for some tips on optimizing my eating for the cycling and running that I have been doing for many years. This book did not have much in the way of new information for either a long time vegan or long time athlete. However, I still enjoyed the book and would recommend to anyone looking for more basic info.
One of the best things about this book was the lack of preaching. There was no bashing of meat eating, just the focus on why and how a vegan diet can work for athletes. The nutrition information was simple and sound. The recipes are pretty basic for a more experienced cook, but really helpful if you want quick but healthy meal ideas. The last third of the book is about training for running events. If you are not a runner, not so useful. Sidebars featuring vegetarian athletes are presented throughout the book. Some inspirational stuff, but not too much and not too annoying....more
Somehow I had not run across this despite fairly wide reading about the various (mostly failed) 70's utopian and human potential experiments that arosSomehow I had not run across this despite fairly wide reading about the various (mostly failed) 70's utopian and human potential experiments that arose from 60's counterculture. The concept of these games as alternative forms of conflict and competition is interesting, but it would be hard to imagine many of the games having widespread appeal today. Additionally a lot of the games involve touching / physical contact (Hug Tag, Lap Game) that likely would not be acceptable with many people. Still, though, a few of these games have stuck - particularly disc golf! Worth checking out for anyone with an interest in George Leonard, Stewart Brand, CoEvolution Quarterly. ...more
Somehow this didn't get rated when I read it. I picked this up about a year ago when I thought I might have to deal with some pain from an injury. LucSomehow this didn't get rated when I read it. I picked this up about a year ago when I thought I might have to deal with some pain from an injury. Luckily that did not occur, but I am glad I read this anyway. This documents a mindfulness meditation program that is available now in many hospitals and other medical settings where patients can get referred for pain, stress, and other health conditions. Three techniques -- body scan, seated meditation, and yoga -- are explained in detail These are not "cures" for the underlying conditions, but instead are tools that can be used to deal with the effects of the illness.
This is a great book for anyone who is looking for a scientific/medical approach to mindfulness meditation. You will not find inspirational quotes or other often unappealing aspects of self-help books. Also, if you prefer to explore something like this alone rather than in a group setting, you will find very detailed information about the program. The book is long, though, which would likely be a turn-off for some people. Also, I had some familiarity already with meditation and yoga prior to reading the book; if you don't it might be a little more challenging on your own. For people who prefer an organized setting rather than trying to learn from a book, I'd probably recommend skimming the book and looking online for a local program....more