Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber (Anglais) Broché – 25 avril 2003
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It's a compendium of his articles and essays published in the past. The author presents each piece pretty much as it appeared when first published, then has a couple of updates at later dates--penned several years later and then several years after that. It's an interesting presentation--you get a feel for the changes in the author's perspective over time.
Some of the early stuff is pretty overwrought, as Mark admits in his updates. It's also not nearly as well-written as later material. It's interesting to see the great improvement as he learns the writer's craft. Aside from the very early stuff, the writing is top notch, at least in my opinion.
There are enough great climbing stories to satisfy, but for me the best stuff are Mark's insights into some of the psychological (or dare I say spiritual?) aspects of climbing both as an individual and with friends with whom one shares unique and un-duplicatable challenges of the highest order. He also has a lot of good takes on the climbing "scene" as it has evolved over the years and, sadly, seems to be going the way of all things in this consumer-oriented, "star" based culture. C'est la vie.
There is supposed to be a movie coming out that Twight has some role in about climbing in the French Alps. Can't wait to see it.
I'll never be a climber, but there's a lot to admire and aspire to here.
my strongest recollection of the show was the end, where he had images of church windows and graves from climbers crossfade while he spoke of all those lost from his circle. that part went on for quite some time. i immediately went out and got his book 'extreme alpinism', which is sitting dogeared on a table here in the room some 15+ years later. my aspirations to achieve my own personal bests in all areas of my life were deeply influenced by this book as it was the first thing i ever read that just cut the fat away completely on what is possible. most interesting is his thoughts on suffering and action.
this book, 'kiss or kill', contains his writings over the years, many of which are on his 'gym jones' website these days. if you have no interest in ruminations on a take no prisoners/excuses approach to climbing/life there is no point in reading this book and then giving it a poor review. i find it deeply candid considering mark is at heart, a punk, willing to put his money where his mouth is.
the front page of 'extreme alpinism' has this quote:
"for my mentors i owe you everything,
strategy is beyond the techniques,
technique is beyond the tools,
after 15 years, i am still coming to understand this......
Twight is also deep and reflective. You can see he mellows with age, but is intense at the same time. His losses in the mountains -friends, climbing partners, relationships- affected him and gave him perspective; his admission that he never expected to live past 26 shows how looking back, he is happy he has.
The underlying theme as I understood it was a philosophy of respect for pushing yourself as hard as you can and then giving more - even if you are not a world class climber or athlete, you get respect if you give maximum effort to your endevor and you need to develope the mind to know when you did and not let external factors affect your self analysis - you do it for you and you are your own toughest competion.
The people who critique this collection or Twight as ellitest or an egomaniac aren't digesting it. The essay on the weekend warrior mentality is very insightful and can be applied to anything you do in life.
Twight is a facinating guy, with interesting insights. This is not light reading and slightly dark, so my suggestion is to read it slow; put it down, think about it and come back to it. The climbing essays are good, but be aware that much of the book expouses his philosophy.