Monthly Archives: October 2015


review of: the cloud forest by peter matthiessen

The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness by Peter Matthiessen My rating: 2 of 5 stars   The Cloud Forest is a classic of its genre, perhaps undeservedly so. A young Peter Matthiessen, after a few books of fiction, his first divorce, and one wildlife book, sets […]


welcome to shangri-la

I love roadside attractions built by roadside people. Usually it is an obsession, fueled by many years of patient work, to built these temples to quirkiness. Shangri-La Stone Village, in Prospect Hill, NC, is one such place. The retired tobacco farmer Henry L. Warren began his quest in 1968, using […]