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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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