Founder and CEO of Wildsam Field Guides
WILDSAM is an American guidebook company that uses original stories and local expertise to help travelers take compelling trips and avoid the tourist trail through interviews, history, illustrations, and long-form nonfiction. The guides themselves create a comprehensive look at each city they feature, and puts on display the complex life of a city, rather than just ho-hum landmarks to visit.
We caught up with him over beers in his hometown of Austin, TX:
What are you watching?
I just finished the HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones” about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, and I loved seeing how those two guys were at the center of American music over the last 30 years. Next up is a Netflix show, “Ozark,” that my friend Marc Menchaca is in. He describes is as part Breaking Bad, part Deliverance.
What are you listening to?
We’ve been up in Colorado for a week and our dial stays on the Bluegrass Junction station. We also just saw The Wood Brothers play in Crested Butte.
What are you reading?
In my current bag are two books: a collection of short stories by Ron Rash called “Burning Bright” and a non-fiction book about urban development called “Triumph of the City.”
What are you drinking?
Almond milk lattes in the AM. Bourbon gingers in the PM.
What’s your favorite 19th Hole?
In Austin, I’d say my favorite 19th Hole is a bar called Whisler’s. Late afternoons on their patio with some Pearl Snaps is good living.
Where to next?
It’s a busy month: Santa Fe, New Mex.; New York City; Monterey, Calif.; and New Orleans. Comes with the job.
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