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January 21, 2004

Touching the Void

I heard a fantastic interview with Joe Simpson on NPR yesterday. Joe Simpson is the author of Touching the Void, one of the most amazing books about survival ever written. Joe and his mountaineering partner Simon were climbing in the Andes when disaster struck. I don't want to give away the details -- it's a truly amazing story -- but Joe was left for dead before crawling out of the mountain alone.

Listening to Joe on the radio gave me a real sense of his character. Touching the Void was the first book he'd ever written, but you can see how his sense of majesty, and of humility, is part of his character that comes through in the book. He doesn't think of himself as a hero for having survived, and he's quite candid in discussing how the experience has changed him.

Touching the Void has now been made into a film, and Joe talks about making it in the interview, and how certain scenes were too painful for him to watch after blocking certain events in his mind. I can't wait to see it. It's playing at the Egyptian in Seattle from Friday.

Posted by david at January 21, 2004 10:36 AM | TrackBack
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