Wind, Sand, and Stars

Antoine De Saint-Exupéry might be forever remembered for the Little Prince from asteroid B612, but it’s his 1939 memoir that spins heads in these parts. Wind, Sand, and Stars is Saint-Exupéry’s memoir of being an Aeropostale pilot in the 1930s and his crash in the Sahara Desert. Exupéry was taught to use lonesome trees, farmers, and streams as landmarks, not maps and compasses. “Navigating by a compass in a sea of clouds over Spain is all very well, it is very dashing, but…you want to remember that below the sea of clouds lies eternity.” We don’t think we’ve ever used this word accurately before, but Saint-Exupéry was one brave feller, always optimistic and eager, even when death was a common way to end a routine flight. Wind, Sand, and Stars is one of the more beautiful things your brain will process in a real long while.

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