Carl Safina is equal parts ocean lover and marine biologist. The View From Lazy Point is a fascinating, elegant, and deeply felt meditation on life at the water's edge and beyond. East coasters will especially enjoy Safina's musings on horseshoe crabs and bluefish. The most beautiful and inspired book of nature writing I've read in years.
Shipmates, don't let this be the one that got away from ye. Here is a rip-roaring yarn filled with dark humor and haunted by eternal mysteries. Perfect reading for the beach, the crow's nest, or the bar.
Ryokan (1758-1831) was an old-school Zen poet-monk who wandered mountains and towns, jotting poems, drinking sake in farmers’ kitchens, playing games with village children, and begging his supper. Old Ryokan was good-humored, always broke, and cared deeply for everything and everyone. His poems are wistful, elegant, and straight-ahead.