Item: Kevin Kelly’s (massive) Vanishing Asia photo book + bonus advice

I bought Kevin Kelly’s massive Asia photo book series through a crowd-funding-dealio >> [intro at his website] arrived recently and it’s massive, colossal, dense, fascinating, (literally) heavy series – 3 volumes packed in a slip case, plus I got a signed artist proof )carefully flattening now).

Kevin Kelly promo for Vanishing Asia series

Such an interesting layout as (for example) there is a whole page spread of nothing but doors, and another nothing but spires, and another of nothing but women’s faces and so on. Such attention to detail with maps in flyleaf and all sorts of maximalist nuance.

(I took photos of “unboxing“ but heaven help me if I remember where they all are… Drowning in data, but it’s all so wonderful)

[Update: Found the snapshots, here we go!]

You can still get one for yourself, not *cheap* but very worth it as this is an Asia which is very different (coming from a guy – me – who has rambled alot of these places):

Today my 50-year passion project goes on sale on Amazon. The 1,000-page Vanishing Asia is a bargain at $270 with free shipping. Ask anyone who has seen it. You’ll enjoy the long trip. (no affiliate code)

Another article about this book (which seems an understatement), {thanks Amber}:

The Life of a Backpacker in Asia in the 1970s
Story and photos by Kevin Kelly

In an adapted excerpt from an interview on the Deviate podcast with Rolf Potts, a writer and speaker best known as a futurist talks about his early travel years in Asia, when backpacking meant cutting yourself off almost completely from the home you left.

More Kevin Kelly: Advice upon turning 70

Big thinker / renaissance dude Kevin Kelly hit seventy years old and shared 103 pieces of advice – Some will ring familiar, others basic and some will hit you just right (and possibly affirm something you already are thinking), ergo:

“Efficiency is highly overrated; Goofing off is highly underrated. Regularly scheduled sabbaths, sabbaticals, vacations, breaks, aimless walks and time off are essential for top performance of any kind. The best work ethic requires a good rest ethic.”

Kevin Kelly

Bonus, Advice from Larry Harper upon turning 70

PS here is an audio version of another 70 pieces of wisdom from another bearded wonder, sensei Larry Harper, now of honcho of Dark Star Ranch in Torrey, Utah.

Sensei Larry’s Wisdom – Postcard #80
Dave and Larry at Creepers and Chums
Sensei Larry Harper and me, check his advice in podcast form as well

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