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bluepapercup gifted me a copy of this book about George Pocock, which recently got republished, and I finally finished reading it last night. If you read The Boys in the Boat, you may realize why it makes sense to take a more in-depth look at Pocock's life. Brown only has enough space to talk about several of the highlights that led to Pocock's relocation to Seattle and establishment of his boat-building enterprise there.

More than anything, I appreciated Pocock's evocative descriptions of good rowing, and emphasis on expert craftsmanship. This is a book that belongs on any rowing bookshelf.

I'm not entirely looking forward to the next books in the stack. There are two books on getting jobs, on loan from a friend, that I need to deal with and return to the friend (I've had them for about a year now). There are also two older academic books on insect migration, and a book on coxing written by a rower/coxswain I know. Altogether, things that I should give their due, but not things that are exactly pleasant to pick up and work through.

I'm also finally down to around 6 more issues of the New Yorker from 2012. So much of the material remains surprisingly topical.

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tylik
Nov. 10th, 2015 05:14 pm (UTC)
*eyes wide*

You're actually getting caught up with the New Yorker? I think the only time I've really been caught up was while I was trying to get my spine back together - both the medical leave and some of the period after I left microsoft.

(Digital subscriptions as so much lower guilt for me, but then I also read it less. I go through phases of reading and not reading.)
rebeccmeister
Nov. 10th, 2015 05:26 pm (UTC)
[cackles wildly]

My bff annikusrex gave me a one-year subscription in 2012. I'm only just finishing reading them, which suggests to me that I could cope with maybe a once-every-four-years subscription level, heh.

I would like to support good journalism, but also struggle with the best way to interact with it, because yeah, the New Yorker is a deluge. So was the New York Times.
tylik
Nov. 10th, 2015 05:32 pm (UTC)
I currently have digital subscriptions to both. Neither is especially expensive (NYT, at least, is a student rate) and I dip in, or not, as I please. And my phone can read me either - which is especially useful for long format New Yorker piece. (Read a bit over breakfast, then send it to the reader for the rest. I swear, TTS has been about the best thing ever for me.)
bluepapercup
Nov. 10th, 2015 07:21 pm (UTC)
Woohoo!! I'm delighted you enjoyed the book, it sounded fabulous.
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