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My Book Reading

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly  (completed)

Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis

   (in progress)

Killing Floor by Lee Child   (completed)

   (1997, Reacher's first appearance)

Sticky Fingers - The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan


The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone (Dey St. Books, just completed, full review just published)

Double Agent Celery: MI5's Crooked Hero by Carolinda Witt (pen-and-sword books)

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum (1980, the book that started the franchise, just completerd)

The Take by Christopher Reich (Mulholland Books)

Podcast Favorites

Kara Swisher's Recode Decode this week is an interesting conversation with Tina Brown. Using the publication of her new Vanity Fair Diaries as a starting point, they examine Brown's publishing career, notably her wonderful runs with Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Then they dive into the internet age, how it's changing the publishing world, Brown's start-up of The Daily Beast, followed by venting about Facebook today. Swisher puts together the best intervierw/talk with Brown I've heard since her book was published. Brown was consistently creating some of the best magazines in the world, at a time when that mattered.

Rich Roll's podcast is one I've discovered recently, and I'm working to catch up. Here are two don't-miss episodes:

Fogel is the star of, the producer of, the man behind Icarus. If you've not watched this documentary, exclusively streaming on Netflix, get to it! Of all the interviews I've read and heard with Fogel, Roll brings out the most interesting perspective. It's a fabulous listening experience.


Lance Armstrong needs no introduction. I don't care whether you admire or dislike him, his wealth of experience and new perspective on many matters is worth listening to. Me, I think he's one of the finest athletes ever.


What Did I Learn...

going through Open Workout 14.5 twice? 

It's brutal. That many burpees under those conditions suck.

I fought like hell today for a gain of seven seconds. Feel good about that.

My burpees are slow. I mean, I already knew they weren't quick, but how can falling to the floor take so much time and be a big deal?

Amazing. Ice cream for recovery tonight!


Rich Froning waiting for 14.5

How many workouts do you think Froning will take part in today, waiting for tonight's 14.5 announcement? I can see he and Khalipa getting into a bro-workout, face to face, this afternoon. For no reason than they're in the gym, and want to do something.

What do you think?



Let Me Bask in the Glory of Open WOD 14.3 ... (temporarily)

As of mid-afternoon today, shortly after completing my second run at Open WOD 14.3, attaining 143 reps, I was told I was 2nd in the World, in my Masters age group (55-59)!

You and I know this won't stand; a mess of people will be posting scores tonight and tomorrow morning. But hey, 2nd in the World, even if only for an hour or so, feels pretty cool. I'll take it.



"All You Have to do is Beat Rich!"

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