From The Charlie Rose Show, Peter Matthiessen on nature, travel, and writing.
The Little Prince was published on April 6, 1943 – celebrate with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s gorgeous original watercolors
A fundamental writer and a fundamental book.
Anonymous asked: Whats spring skiing like?
Not too cold, snow that will range from a bit crusty in the mornings, turning nice and buttery smooth from about 10 - 1:30, and then get a little wet. Carve it up in the morning and enjoy the bumps in the afternoon after they get soft. Lots of sunshine, end the day on a terrace somewhere with a glass of wine and work on the tan.
Anonymous asked: How's the snow in park city right now? I'm going out there on Friday :)
Snow in PC and the Wasatch in general is pretty good. Monday into Tuesday morning PC got 8 inches. It won’t be powder, it’s going to be spring skiing, but there is plenty of snow. I’m headed out into the back country tomorrow to skin a peak and take advantage of the great weather and snow.
Somehow this captures the feint ennui as the season winds down. I spent yesterday skiing at Snowbird in deep powder, but this image captures how one feels as the season starts to transition. Like the light, the snow will fade, but it is nice while it is here and we know it is finite. Gone until next year, if we are here.
I believe there’s a right way to live and to die. The people who can do that are interesting to me. I haven’t dismissed heroes or heroism. I presume we’re talking of this in the broadest sense and not merely in the sense of goal-line stands or Silver Stars. There is everyday heroism. I think of Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path,” about a black woman walking miles to town on the railroad track to get some medicine for her grandchild. I think real devotion is heroic.
- James Salter on Heroism, Paris Review