- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Dallas TX s-132 Southern Methodist Univ. 1995. (1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087074383X
- ISBN-13: 978-0870743832
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,234,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oil Notes is a fantastic book, and Rick Bass is an equally outstanding author. I have since read everyone of his books. He vividly defines his feelings and passions in everything he writes about, be it drilling for oil or studing wolves.
Throughout the book, many facts that are in oil exploration also coexist in life. For example, Bass claims that "Nothing lasts. Old seas are buried" (42). Not only is Bass talking about the soon to be scarcity of oil, he is talking about life. No matter how much you try, you will not live forever. Rocks do not last forever; eventually they become stones, pebbles, and eventually sand. That is the same with life. Life does not last forever. Unfortunately, death is inevitable. Everything that is thought to last forever...love, hatred, and friendship...will cease to exist when the person dies.
Another example of life being told in terms of oil is when Bass talks about leadership in the field of geology: "A leader-in a profession of men and women who cannot be led, and will not" (135). Bass says that those are the type of geologists that everyone needs to stay away from. They are the geologists with the egos that are bigger than their head. In life, staying away from people like that would help a lot. People with big egos refuse to help people and also refuse to be helped.Read more ›
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Rick Bass does an excellent job of using short, usually off topic notes, that when put in chapter and book form are most enjoyable. Read morePublished on December 2, 2007 by J. R. Arnold
You can almost feel Rick Bass' concentration as he considers each and every word before adding it to this sparkling little journal. Read morePublished on August 18, 2006 by Arthur Tirrell
Rick Bass's little oil book, originally published in 1989, is a good read for those who know something about oil production. Read morePublished on October 21, 2002
Hard to describe the author's ability to relate the passion felt by many in the oil patch to the ordinary person's understanding. Outstanding!Published on January 20, 2000 by Kent