Aug 13, 2006 (Weekend Edition Sunday) — Feelance writer Philip Connors doubles as a fire lookout in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico. The job lasts six months a year, and gives him a chance to peruse a fair amount of literature. He offers a few recommendations, including the novel Homeland
, a series of updates provided to a high school alum newsletter and one of "the funniest things" he's ever read.
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Four years ago, Philip Connors gave up a job as a copy editor in New York to become a fire lookout at the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.
The fire-watching gig lasts six months a year. He just finished his last stint of the summer, and now he's back home in Silver City, N.M. Fulltime, he's a freelance writer. Both jobs are a pretty good fit for getting some reading in.
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