Episode 07: Ken Ilgunas

Books Mentioned on The Spine

  • Timeline by Michael Crichton
  • Tess of the D’urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
  • A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • Walden by Henry Thoreau
  • Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks
  • Midnight Rising by Tony Horowitz
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
  • In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
  • Old Glory by John Rabin
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • Purity by Jonathan Franzen
  • The Discomfort Zone by Jonathan Franzen
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
  • Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Writers Mentioned

Jane Austen

Memorable Quotes

  • "Being exposed to stories in prepared me for a love of reading later on."
  • "I have this rule where if a book doesn’t grab me in the first 15 to 20 pages, I’m just done with it. And it’s probably not a great policy."
  • "I could point to a constellation of influences. There was 'A Walk Across America' by Peter Jenkins, 'Into the Wild' by Jon Krakauer, and 'Walden' by Henry Thoreau, and just a number of books that kept telling me, You don’t have to live this ordinary life. You can just get this crazy idea and make it real."