We believe that reading a book, a physical object held in your hands, is a physical, intellectual, spiritual, and aesthetic experience. 

It takes a little patience and forced presence to get going, even with a great novel (maybe especially the great ones), but once you do, the flywheel gets spinning on its own power and the payout is far from fuzzy but instead the supreme form of sustainable, human distraction. And with this kind of distraction technology (a kind of “telepathy”—S. King) you come away with something deep and sometimes disturbing. This is good. It has something to do with participation. You get points for it that you don’t get when spoon-fed the story with all the Netflix visuals. Granted, there aren’t too many things better than a good show. But one is reading the right story at the right time, filling in the visual gaps in your own head. When its working it’s a little bit of magic. It’d be a shame if a parent didn’t give a kid that chance. It’s something that nearly dies right after childhood, even if you were lucky enough to have stumbled on the right stuff at the right time. I don’t think that is ever gotten back, unless, maybe, you are the one writing it. His stuff is great, he’s underrated, but Hemingway was getting way more juice out of making it than we’re ever going to pick up reading it. But you can get close.


These books, most of them fiction, were real sellers once and reading them it’s not long before you find out why.

Anna Karenina, by: Leo Tolstoy

Sons and Lovers, by: D.H. Lawrence

Crime and Punishment, by: Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Old Man And The Sea, by: Ernest Hemingway

In Cold Blood, by: Truman Capote

Grant Takes Command, by: Bruce Catton

All The Pretty Horses, by: Cormac McCarthy

Madame Bovary, by: Gustave Flaubert

Of Human Bondage, by: W. Somerset Maugham

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, by: Edmund Morris

Islands In The Stream, by: Ernest Hemingway

The Mask of Command, by: John Keegan

For Whom The Bell Tolls, by: Ernest Hemingway

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, by: Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises, by: Ernest Hemingway

Moby Dick, by: Herman Melville

Man’s Search For Meaning, by: Viktor E. Frankl

The Red Badge of Courage, by: Stephen Crane

The Call of the Wild, by: Jack London

The Hobbit, by: J. R. R. Tolkien

The Red and The Black, by: Stendhal

The Civil War, a Narrative, Vol. 1, by: Shelby Foote





Books are intellectual and aesthetic experiences.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

W.B. Yeats

“Everything you can imagine is real”

 Pablo Picasso