ALL
FOR A FEW
PERFECT WAVES

"A far-reaching oral history."
--
New York Times

“Until now enigmatic surfer legend
Miki Dora’s history was written only
in water, but David Rensin’s primo
All for a Few Perfect Waves catches
the life of this charismatic renegade.”
--
Vanity Fair

"This great book is (Dora's) iconoclastic epitaph." -- Times (London)

Dora's life serves as both aspirational legend and cautionary tale. For many fans, the
facts are unimportant, almost unhelpful. But the fiction? Well, Da Cat stories have a
near-mystical currency. "All for a Few Perfect Waves" sacrifices that appeal, swapping
fiction with fact, mythology with man. In short, it supplants a fairy tale for surfers
with a kick-butt biography for everyone else.
......
The results are not just the most complete portrait of Dora ever painted but also a
solid recounting of surfing's original boom years and a thin, peculiar slice of
Americana in the late 1950s and early '60s -- a staid time that was ripe for so
mercenary an iconoclast as Dora.
......
"All for a Few Perfect Waves" is much more than just another day at the beach. *

--Los Angeles Times, by Steven Kotler, author of
"West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and
the Origins of Belief

“Engrossing… Rensin proves an inexhaustible interviewer, teasing out colorful tales never
before set in print.” ­-
Men's Vogue

“In this vivid biography, Rensin takes on a daunting task: to clarify the clouded myth of
legendary surfer Miki Dora ... Rensin lets Dora’s friends, lovers and rivals tell the story.
The result brings a remarkable focus to a man whose greatest accomplishments were written
on water.” ­-
Publishers Weekly
STUDS TERKEL DIES AT 96
From the NY Times 11/1/2008
The elfin, amiable Mr. Terkel was a gifted and seemingly
tireless interviewer who elicited provocative insights and
colorful, detailed personal histories from a broad mix of
people. "The thing I'm able to do, I guess, is break down
walls," he once told an interviewer. "If they think you're
listening, they'll talk. It's more of a conversation than an
interview."

Mr. Terkel succeeded as an interviewer in part because
he believed most people had something to say worth
hearing. "The average American has an indigenous i
ntelligence, a native wit," he said. "It's only a question of
piquing that intelligence."

“It isn’t an inquisition; it’s an exploration, usually an
exploration into the past,” he once said, explaining his
approach. “So I think the gentlest question is the best one,
and the gentlest is, ‘And what happened then?’ ”
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"May Studs rest in peace and oral history remain alive."
-- Brett Farmiloe, Purse the Passion

TWITTERATURE
by
Emmett Rensin &
Alexander Aciman

Amazon/US  Amazon/UK
Amazon/France
Amazon/Germany
Italy soon ...

What if the lead characters of the world's
greatest literature had Twitter accounts,
and a sense of humor?
www.twitterature.us
CLICK ON A COVER TO
SEE THE AMAZON PAGE


'Published January 2013. . .

THE MEN ON MY COUCH
True Stories of
Sex, Love, and Psychotherapy

Dr. Brandy Engler with David Rensin

The memoir of Dr Engler's first year in
practice. She planned to treat mostly
women, but only got calls from men.
Given her own fraught love affair at
the time, Dr Engler and her patients
end up searching together for what it
means to love.
You've never read a
book like this before.
DEPARTMENT OF MY SON, EMMETT:
AUTHOR, HUMORIST, COLUMNIST,
PLAYWRIGHT, DRAMATURG....
IN TRIBUTE
Published August 2013
HOPE CONQUERS ALL
Inspiring Stories of Love and Healing from
CaringBridge
by Sona Mehring

(I did all the interviews and I loved
collaborating on this fascinating book)
Learn much more at
Emmett Rensin's website.
Dream (book)
come true.
2008/2009
WHAT'S NEW
also forthcoming
THE SKIES LESS TRAVELED
(A young woman pilot and
the adventure of a lifetime.)

Read an excerpt here
July 3, 2014
It's my sad task to report that Louis Zamperini died yesterday of complications of
pneumonia. He was 97 years old. Just the day before, we submitted our new book,
DON'T
GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE IN: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life, to our publisher.

It will be in stores on November 18, 2014.

Louie was a friend for 16 years. We worked together on his autobiography,
"Devil At My
Heels" (2003) He was an inspiration to me and to his many fans around the world. I will miss
his positive outlook on life, his wisdom, his cheerful heart, and his support. I'm grateful for
his trust and faith in my ability to bring his words to the world.

Here's the
New York Times obituary.