Photo: Will Saunders/The Locals Project – Kalen Thorien’s “Library of Sophistication” from Outside Magazine online
One-shelf mobile library suggestions
Have greatly enjoyed viewing the new video of adventurer Kalen Thorien’s standing-room-only tour of her Bigfoot trailer home. . . (which I posted about here earlier
you can view the video here:
. . . And, as with an earlier photo from KT’s website from a year or two ago,
(which you can see/read about here:
I was gratified and intrigued to see the choice of books composing her one shelf “Library of Sophistication” (Exception noted: those two fat books by the truly horrid Ayn Rand! for which I gave Kalen some shit!).
(You can see her bitchin lie-berry shelf here:
But the video made me think, again, of some additional/ alternative books she might like. So I drew up a list of tomes I’m suggesting to her (see below).
KT with her one bookshelf reminded me of my friend Artie, an ocean-going sailboat-dweller who lived alone aboard his tiny piratey old sloop which he continuously, slowly sailed back and forth between Hilo, Big Island, and San Diego Bay, spending part of every season harbored alternately in each town. Like KT, he was an avid reader, but also like her, his mobile berth-home had just one bookshelf. Artie’s seaworthy ledge held only about eight to twelve books, total — depending on how thick they were. In order to bring a single new book aboard, he had to give up a previously-adopted/resident one. It was a very big self-discipline for him. I would never have made it!
So, anyway, I’ve compiled a list of other books I think KT might enjoy, might wish to gradually/alternately add to her Bigfoot bookmobile’s Library of Sophistication.
Readers, you are most welcome to send me lists of whatever may be on your own favored shelf at this particular time. And/or a list of books you think I might enjoy and/or ones you think KT might enjoy. Of books and the making of lists of books there is no end, of course — there’s a bible verse that pointed that out long, long ago somewhere in Qoheleth. But still it’s gratifying to make lists sometimes, eh?
Kalen Thorien’s 41 volume “Library of Sophistication” (from recent video, numbered as seen shelved left to right) :
2 Jeannette Walls. The Glass Castle: A Memoir. 2006.
3 David Foster Wallace. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays. 2007.
4 Ralph Waldo Emerson. Nature and Selected Essays. (Penguin Classics) 2003.
5 Pico Iyer. The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere. 2014.
6 Mike Kelsey. Non-Technical Canyon Hiking Guide—Colorado Plateau. 201.1
7 Gary Chapman. The 5 Love Languages. (2004?)
8 Katie Lee. Glen Canyon Betrayed: A Sensuous Elegy. 2006.
9 Clare Bailey. Forbidden Knowledge Sex:101 Sensual Acts NOT Everyone Should Know How to Do. 2008.
10 Douglas Sproul. GeoBackcountry Rogers Pass: Uptracks, Bootpacks & Bushwhacks, The epic guidebook & map to backcountry skiing Rogers Pass. (no date).
11 Ayn Rand (title indiscernible)
12 Annie Proulx. Close Range: Wyoming Stories. 2000.
13 Henry David Thoreau. Walden & Civil Disobedience.
14 Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Love in the Time of Cholera. 1997.
15 Ryszard Kapuscinski. The Shadow of the Sun. 2002.
17 Marc Reisner. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water. 1987.
18 Tom Meade. Essential Fly Fishing. 1994.
19 Jon Turk. The Raven’s Gift: A Scientist, a Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness. 2010.
20 Edward Abbey. Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness. 1968.
21 Ayn Rand (title indiscernible)
23 Wallace Stegner (title indiscernible)
24 Norman Maclean. A River Runs Through It and Other Stories. 1976.
25 Thomas Fleischner. Singing Stone. 1999.
26 Ralph Hopkins. Hiking the Southwest’s Geology: Four Corners Region. 2002.
27 David James Duncan. The River Why. 1983.
28 Kurt Vonnegut. Slaughterhouse Five. 1969.
29 Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals: North America (National Audubon Society Field Guides). 1979.
30 Michael Kelsey. Technical Slot Canyon Guide to the Colorado Plateau. 2008.
31 Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. The Beat Book: Writings from the Beat Generation. 200.7
32 Craig Childs. House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest. 2008.
33 Staying Alive (author & complete title indiscernible, probably either:
Vandana Shiva. Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development. 2010
or: Michael Dorn. Staying Alive: How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters. 2014.)
36 Lester Bangs. Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic: Rock’n’Roll as Literature and Literature as Rock ‘n’Roll. 1988.
37 Tanya Milligan and Bo Beck. Favorite Hikes In & Around Zion National Park. 2013.
38 The Mountaineers & Steven M. Cox. Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. 2003.
39 Tom Jones. Zion: Canyoneering. 2006.
40 Steve Roper. Sierra High Route: Traversing Timberline Country. 1997 (2nd ed)
41 David Day. Utah’s Incredible Backcountry Trails. 2006.
Kalen’s Bigfoot bookshelf, from a photo posted on her website a year or two ago (with indiscernible titles left out):
6 Marc Reisner. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water. 1987.
8 Richard Lucas. Nature’s Medicines; the Folklore, Romance, and Value of Herbal Remedies. Fifth Edition 1966.
9 Tom Meade. Essential Fly Fishing. 1994.
10 Howard Zinn. A People’s History of the United States. 1980.
12 Joe Mitchell and Mike Coronella. The Hayduke Trail: A Guide to the Backcountry Hiking Trail on the Colorado Plateau. 2005.
13 Jon Turk. The Raven’s Gift: A Scientist, a Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness. 2010.
14 Charles Bukowski. You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense. 1986.
15 Craig Childs. House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest. 2008.
16 David Day. Utah’s Incredible Backcountry Trails. 2006.
17 Kevin Fedarko. The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon. 2013.
18 Edward Abbey. Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness. 1968.
19 Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book). 1997.
20 Ayn Rand. Atlas Shrugged. 1957.
22 Anne Waldman & Allen Ginsberg. The Beat Book: Writings from the Beat Generation. 2007.
29 Mike Kelsey. Non-Technical Canyon Hiking Guide—Colorado Plateau. 2011.
30 Norman Maclean. A River Runs Through It and Other Stories. 1976.
31 David Foster Wallace. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays. 2007.
My List of Supplementary/Alternative Book suggestions for Kalen Thorien’s Library of Sophistication (one of many such possible supplementary/alternative lists!):
Ian Baker. The Heart of the World: A Journey to Tibet’s Lost Paradise. 2006.
Smoke Blanchard. Walking Up and Down in the World: Memories of a Mountain Rambler. 1984.
John Brandi. Reflections in a Lizard’s Eye: Notes from the High Desert. 2000.
Gui de Angulo. The Old Coyote of Big Sur: the Life of Jaime De Angulo. 1995
Jaime de Angulo. Home Among the Swinging Stars: Collected Poems of Jaime de Angulo. Stefan Hyner, ed. 2006.
Kenneth Cox, ed. Frank Kingdon Ward’s Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges. 2001.
Philip L. Fradkin. Everett Ruess: His Short Life, Mysterious Death, and Astonishing Afterlife. 2011.
Lama Anagarika Govinda. The Way of White Clouds: A Buddhist Pilgrim in Tibet. 1966.
Li Gotami Govinda. Tibet in Pictures: A Journey into the Past. 1979.
Jack Kerouac. The Dharma Bums. 1958.
Weston LaBurre. The Peyote Cult. 1938.
Gary Lawless, ed. Nanao or Never: Nanao Sakaki Walks Earth A. 2000.
Jack Loeffler. Adventures with Ed: A Portrait of Abbey. 2003.
Jack Loeffler and Meredith Davidson, ed. Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest. 2017.
Dipika Muhkerjee. Shambhala Junction. 2016.
John P. O’Grady. Pilgrims to the Wild: Everett Ruess, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Clarence King, Mary Austin. 1993.
Carrot Quinn. Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart: An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail: Ditching the city for the wilderness; walking from Mexico to Canada against all odds. 2015.
Kenneth Rexroth. In the Sierra: Mountain Writings. 2012.
David Roberts and Jon Krakauer. Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer. 2012.
Doug Robinson. The Alchemy of Action. 2014.
Doug Robinson. A Night On the Ground A Day in the Open. 2004.
Arundhati Roy and John Cusack. Things That Can and Cannot Be Said: Essays and Conversations. 2016.
Everett Ruess and W. L. Rusho. The Wilderness Journals of Everett Ruess. 1998.
W. L. Rusho and Vicky Burgess. Everett Ruess: A Vagabond for Beauty. 1973.
Albert Saijo. The Backpacker. 1972.
Albert Saijo. OUTSPEAKS: a Rhapsody. 1997
Albert Saijo. Woodrat Flat. 2015
Nanao Sakaki. Break the Mirror. 1987.
Nanao Sakaki. How to Live on the Planet Earth: Collected Poems. 2013.
Andrew Schelling. Tracks Along the Left Coast: Jaime de Angulo & Pacific Coast Culture. 2017.
Claire Scobie. Last Seen in Lhasa: The True Story of an Extraordinary Friendship in Modern Tibet. 2006.
Gary Snyder. The Great Clod: Notes and Memoirs on Nature and History in East Asia. 2016.
Gary Snyder and Peter Goin. Dooby Lane: Also Known as Guru Road, A Testament Inscribed in Stone Tablets by DeWayne Williams. 2016.
Gary Snyder and Tom Killion. California’s Wild Edge. 2015.
Gary Snyder and Tom Killion. The High Sierra of California. 2002.
Gary Snyder and Tom Killion. Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, and Prints. 2009.
Harriet Steel. Becoming Lola. 2010 [“the true story” of Lola Montez, badass Victorian]
Robert Thurman and Tad Wise. Circling the Sacred Mountain : A Spiritual Adventure Through the Himalayas. 1999.
Albert The Writer. Stories of Love and Sex around the World: True stories. Part one. 2017.
Here’s wishing all y’all cold mountain summer streams in which to:
chill your beverage cans and bottles,
wash your word-polluted ears,
and soak your trail-tired dawgs.