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Scott Jurek's Eat and Run: Excerpt + Recipe

What are you doing right now? Let's go for a run! I'll stap on my Garmin and we'll be good to go. No? Ok, what about 10 minutes from now? Spring may kickstart all the frisky yearnings of our inner runners, but they're soon dashed under the relentless heat of the summer sun. There's no fun or glory in summer running. It's a humbling and grueling pursuit that brings out the tomato-faces in all of us. Which is why fall is the best season to lace up and get outside. Scott Jurek is a renowned American ultramarathoner (distances exceeding 42 kilometres). He's also raced with the legendary Tarahumara tribe [as recounted in the bestselling book, Born to Run] and he's vegan. Those were the three things I knew about him. What I didn't know was that he had a hardscrabble childhood and that he was not (as a boy) a naturally gifted athlete. How did he transform himself from his humble beginnings into a competitive runner and ultimately, an elite record-breaking athlete? The journey of both his running career and his fascinating life are in his new memoir, Eat & Run. This is no run-of-the-mill (pun intended!) sports memoir. This…

Indigo MBA: The Snowball

Our October selection for the Indigo MBA program is The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life. To say that there have been a few books written about Warren Buffett is an understatement. According to a USA Today article a few years back, they stated that they found at least 47 books with his name in the title, and those are just the ones with his name in the title. But when you start looking into the majority of the books about him you start to notice that they are mostly about his approach to business, his investment strategies. Everyone knows the basics, he's one of the richest men in the world, and a renowned philanthropist. But did you know he's lived in the same house for over 50 years? Or that he plays bridge 12 hours a week? While I admit those are pretty mundane facts, there's more. What I'm getting at is that The Snowball isn’t just another biography on Warren Buffett; it is the biography on Warren Buffett. The author Alice Schroeder is a journalist and Wall Street analyst. While there are many people that fit the description, Alice Schroeder was the only Wall Street analyst…

The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth

 If you love words, you’re simply going to have to read The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth, who blogs as The Inky Fool. It’s a meandering marathon through the English language that happens upon the obscure and surprising origins of our words. And it’s not just origins, but also the connections that words have to one another – who knew that Julie Andrews’ performance in The Sound of Music would have been impossible without St. John the Baptist? These connections lead to some odd expressions, as Mark Forsyth explains below in an exclusive piece for the Indigo Non-Fiction Blog. Have you ever heard the old-fashioned phrase “Red Indians”? Apparently it was the wrong colour.   Indigo Every word has a connection, a secret passage that runs off beneath the floorboards to another part of the English language. Take the name of this blog and the Hindu religion and old John Wayne films. All connected, and it’s pretty easy to see why once you know how. Indigo is bluer than blue (hence the name of the Duke Ellington song “Mood Indigo”). The dye used to be really hard to obtain. Turquoise was difficult enough – it came from Turkey – but the…

The Power of Why by Amanda Lang

Ever just had to know? Our December Spotlight title, The Power of Why by CBC correspondent Amanda Lang, tells stories about curious people and companies who looked at the status quo and weren’t afraid to ask “why”. From shrimp farmers to Canadian Tire, Lang explains how curiosity-driven innovation leads to success. The people involved aren’t visionaries, world-changers, or geniuses, but simply curious individuals who realize that asking the right questions and embracing small, even accidental, change yields huge results. Read on for a story of one such man who couldn’t resist testing his invention (sorry, you’ll have to pick up the book to find out how it ends). Standing in the cavernous home workshop he’d built with his own hands, Steve Gass took a deep breath and steeled himself to do the unthinkable: turn on his table saw and try to touch the whirring blade, to see whether it chopped off his finger. If the safety mechanism he’d toiled over for months actually worked, his finger would be just fine. If not, well . . . Gass, who is right-handed, had decided he’d use the ring finger of his left hand. Just in case. Gass, who lives in Portland, Oregon,…
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