“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage. They have no cause of their own to plead, but while they enlighten and sustain the reader his common sense will not refuse them. Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and, more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden.
Staples of the ancestors.
I have been away from the wagon quite a bit lately while brewing and bottling beer, traveling to see family, and dealing with a fairly ridiculous amount of hours of low paying work. All while trying to keep current in anthropology by reading recent research and keeping up with playing music when I find time.
On the fun reading side, I was truly impressed with Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run. If you want to know about research on humans as runners, think the athletic shoe industry is a bunch of soulless racketeers, or just think the Tarhuamara Indians of Mexico are cool, then this is a pretty good read. If you are interested in the ever-growing barefoot or minimalist shoe movement, Barefoot Ted’s is a good place to start.