I’ve been enjoying Bernd Heinrich’s New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year in 1999 Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds (click here to read all my entries about this book).
Yes I’m still getting through it. It’s really quite good; easy to read, full of interesting facts and thoughtful writing. It’s just that my reading pace has slowed down now that it’s summer time.
By the way, did you know that the author Bernd Heinrich is a record-setting ultramarathoner?
In 1981, he set an absolute American Record (i.e., the best of either road or track venues; this one was a road race in Chicago) of 6:38:20 for 100km (62.137 miles). Two years later, he set an absolute American Record for the 24 Hour Run of 156 miles, 1388 yards in a track race in Maine. In 1984, he set an absolute American 100 mile record of 12:27:01, again in a track race. One year later, he set the American track record of 7:00:12 for 100km. In so doing, he became the only American man to hold both the road and track versions of the American Record for the same event. His 12:27:01 for 100 miles and 7:00:12 for 100km still remained, at the end of 2007, the official American Track records. At the end of 2007, Heinrich was inducted into the American Ultrarunning Association’s Hall of Fame.
Will write more when I finish this book.