Man, octopus are evolutionary control freaks

March 13, 2017 at 12:01 am

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness By Peter Godfrey-Smith. Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2016. 257 pp., $27. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East Well, calamari’s off the table now. Paella too. And some of that sushi you crave as well. Turns out thatRead More

Horror in a tunnel

November 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Here’s a gripping tale that that is unfortunately very true. It’s a story that mixes high drama, tragedy, rotten luck, stupidity, cowardice, litigiosity, incompetence (on a grand scale), hubris, greed, carelessness, and grief with courage, luck, and a ton more grief.

Delight in a cruise south

November 21, 2016 at 2:51 pm

From Sea of Life to Sea of Dreams By Dave Witherill, Maine Authors Publishing 2016, 186 pp., $14.95 paperback). On a lighter note, we have a retired sea captain from Maine who trades about three football fields worth of oceangoing tanker for 34 feet of sailboat, and, with his wife,Read More

This book is sexy and smart, a killer combo

October 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Reviewed by Bob Muggleston For Points East Technology is everywhere these days – even in the humble world of cordage. At first blush that might seem surprising, but not when you really consider it. Even in this modern era, sometimes the lives of rescue responders, mountain climbers, riggers, and sailorsRead More

Two reads: Impacts of electronics, old age

August 1, 2016 at 2:04 pm

Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East My grandson, Lewis, achieved his first birthday recently, and, with it, came mobility. Suddenly, navigation became a big concern. He needed to know how to get places, and he needed to remember how he got there so he could get back to hisRead More

Three salty books for your summer reading

June 1, 2016 at 2:08 pm

Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East Around the World in Six Years Not every book that should be read is well written or even well edited. In the age of self-publishing, that is simply a reality. I’m something of an Island Packet acolyte. In a recent company newsletter, IRead More

Easy lessons in mastering the essence of cruising

April 1, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Penelope Down East   By Sandy Marsters For Points East Bless the boating purists. And thanks for not making me one of them. Once I picked up a couple of hitchhikers in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia. They were cruisers who were headed to the Laundromat with bags of boat laundry. TheirRead More

Three books (maybe four), a video for winter

February 1, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East I have never met author Roger Taylor but he has nevertheless had an outsized influence on my boating life. First it was his 1977 book, “Good Boats,” a luscious coffee-table catalogue of the cruising boats that Taylor felt represented the cream of theRead More