Drinking hot liquids is a skill, which might be obvious to a rehabilitation therapist, but it wasn't to me. Not until one evening thirty years ago when my Aunt Lori made tea for me, herself, and her son. Lori and I began drinking the tea immediately, aerating it as we sipped. Her son Justin just … Continue reading Etude: Skills
Photography has been a principle pre-occupation of mine since 1998. I grew up in a photographic household—darkroom in the basement, various classic cameras strewn around the house, but it didn't really take a hold of me until I lived on my own. A friend handed me an Argus C3 as she cleaned out her apartment … Continue reading Photographs
Will expand upon this shortly, but felt like posting something. A shiny, new-to-me, Nikkor-N 24mm f2.8 arrived in the mail thanks to KEH.com, and I am back where I started. Namely, walking the streets and torturing my loved ones with a 35mm equivalent Nikkor lens...
Automatic for the People was never my favorite R.E.M. album. Later, the inescapable ubiquity of "Man on the Moon," and "Everybody Hurts" on radio tarnished the thing for me. Between the movie tie-in and the overly joyful "Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight," it began to feel trite and commercially exposed. At least in comparison to the music I was … Continue reading Etude (Record Review): R.E.M., Automatic for the People