There is a handful of books that, for me, have been seminal to my general disposition in life, written by authors that I've felt akin to in some way or another.
Robert Bingham's "Pure Slaughter Value" and "Lightning on the Sun" are two such books, and Bingham, such an author. From Kentucky. Founding Editor of Open City Books. Two year stint as reporter for the Cambodia Daily.
If you haven't, pick them up.
Charlie Rose talks with Vanessa Chase, Bingham's wife, Thomas Beller from Open City and his editor at Doubleday, Gerald Howe.