Andy has lived in Seattle for over 10 years. Besides being an avid reader, he is an artist and musician and enjoys hiking and nature.
Reviews & Recommendations
I've been fascinated and impressed by Dick Proenneke and his Alaskan cabin life since I first saw the documentary on PBS in my high school years. Reading excerpts of his journals, you get a sense of the enormousness and majesty of the Alaskan wilderness, following Proenneke as he builds his own cabin and spends some 30 years observing, photographing, and filming the wildlife and seasons of the Twin Lakes area.
This surreal modern folktale blends elements of the supernatural, mysticism, shamanism, and the classic road trip between friends to create a darkly comic and bizarre tale of two women. Albina, an amnesiac, voluptuous albino goddess who has the sexual power to transform men into actual rabid dogs and her tough, yet caring, friend and protector, Crabby, travel across Chile and Peru in search of a rare cactus that may cure Albina of her condition before it destroys the world. Examining life through myth, horror, and black comedy, Jodorowsky creates a heady blend of friendship and love, mysticism and the occult, and, ultimately, what makes us human. This is classic Jodorowsky, a must for any of the fans of his films and comics, and a great introduction to a unique mind.
Dave Dictor is the founding member and lead songwriter/singer for the seminal political hardcore band, Millions of Dead Cops. In this memoir, he reveals all the struggles of a hardcore band in the late 70s and early 80s as they built the scene from the ground up, with plenty of humorous anecdotes and observations.
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This is an incredible collection of ambitious and visionary plans for projects that never ended up being completed, from the birth of the city to the present day. One can only imagine the shape of the city had many of these projects come to pass.
This is a gorgeous psychedelic sci-fi epic by the master Moebius, long unavailable in English. It is a dense exploration of high-tech future and back-to-nature struggles, as the main characters Stan and Atan find themselves on the mythological paradise planet of Edena and the multidimensional battle that ensues. A graphic novel must!
This is the story of an American sailor who, after being stranded in Europe without papers, finds work aboard the doomed ship Yorikke, and the hardships he must endure. One of the earliest novels by the mysterious B. Traven, this is a scathing and often hilarious indictment of bureaucracy, nationalism, division of labor, and the endurance and strength of the human spirit. Easily my favorite book of all time.
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This is a rad anthology based on the website of the same name, a vibrant collection of submissions by Seattleites past and present about the places, things, and vibes that defined them and the city outside of the mainstream, which are slowly vanishing. Told perfectly in a DIY/zine style with nostalgic and poignant text, drawings, photos, and cartoons, it details the physical, emotional, and spiritual institutions that have represented much of the soul of weird Seattle over the past several decades. This anthology pays tribute to and preserves the eccentric, funky, and ever-resistant spirit of Seattle.
Ken Kesey and fellow Merry Prankster Ken Babbs bring us a "real American Western" based upon events from the 1911 Pendleton Round Up, which he first heard around campfires as a child in eastern Oregon. Filled with real life colorful characters and great, snappy dialogue, the Kens craft a wonderful American Tall Tale, exaggerated and wild, proud and boisterous. Let'er buck!
Richard Erdoes' excellent treasury of American Folk Tales and Legends collects all those characters of the Frontier: from the Ohio River Valley of Mike Fink to the Mississippi River Basin frontiersmen of Crockett and Boone, from the bloodthirsty highwaymen the Harpe Brothers of the Appalachian Mountains to the western deserts and Rocky Mountains of Pecos Bill and Billy the Kid. Ghosts, devils, gunslingers, treasure hunters, trappers and riverboatmen are all here in our unique American Mythology.