Jon Krakauer

Literary Birthday – 12 April – Jon Krakauer

Happy Birthday, Jon Krakauer, born 12 April 1954


  1. Short form media is reductionist by nature.
  2. Passion is what makes life interesting, what ignites our soul, drives our curiosity, fuels our love and carries our friendship, stimulates our intellect, and pushes our limit…. A passion for life is contagious and uplifting. Passion cuts both ways…. Those that make you feel on top of the world are equally able to turn it upside down.
  3. I never studied writing, but I’d always been a reader and had a secret fantasy about being a writer.
  4. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.
  5. He read a lot. He used a lot of big words. I think maybe part of what got him into trouble was that he did too much thinking. Sometimes he tried too hard to make sense of the world, to figure out why people were bad to each other so often.
  6. …books possess an ounce-of-weight to minute-of-entertainment ratio that compares quite favourably to intoxicants.
  7. If you’re not a feminist, you’re part of the problem.

Jon Krakauer is an American writer and mountaineer. He is the author of eight on-fiction books, including the bestsellers—Into the Wild; Into Thin Air; Under the Banner of Heaven; and Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman. He was a member of an expedition to summit Mount Everest in 1996, which turned out to be one of the deadliest disasters in the history of climbing Everest.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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