You know you want to show your friends you're part of the in-crowd. Whether you're an advance reader or launch day buyer, everyone can get into the Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace Make a Memory spirit RIGHT NOW.
The book's chapter titles are songs, and together, I hope they make a rocking playlist of road music. I've created the entire Not Without My Father playlist on iTunes. Buy the whole thing. Pick-and-choose.
Edits abound. Deadlines loom.
And I want to know if I’m the only person who’s used a pot to magnify the sound of a musical device?
When outdoor speakers broke at a party, we threw a phone into a Teflon pot and pressed Play. The non-stick surface yielded a tinny sound. We swapped Teflon for metal.
And McGyvered a new speaker.
We tapped our feet to the results for a couple of hours.
Has anyone else tried this listening technique? Or maybe you’ve found a new use for an everyday thing?
Please share your brilliance in a comment today.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I starred in a play. A musical called "South Pacific." Perhaps you've tried to Wash That Man Right Out Of Your Hair while having Some Enchanted Evening falling In Love With a Wonderful Guy on Bali H'ai?
You've probably never heard of him. Unless you're a serious photographer.
from the Wynn Bullock website
I went to the Wynn Bullock retrospective at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, expecting 100 photographs that mimicked Ansel Adams, his more famous contemporary.
Instead, I found myself alone. Wandering three galleries of otherworldly photographs. Unlike anything. Unique.
Would it be weird to admit some of the images called to me?
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. - Haruki Murakami
Maybe Murakami's quote applies to everything. Perhaps I'll out myself as a hopeless snob. If I lose a few readers or start a debate, GREAT. I'm typing what I have to say, because I can't sit on it any longer.
I am sick of the simpering sameness that permeates all creative forms today. From the same few music acts whose auto-tuned voices are beamed at me everywhere I turn/click/read to our dismal summer movie offerings to 'must read' book lists that are all composed of the same PR'd-to-death tomes, I am an isolated, dejected weirdo who must not like anything popular or socially accepted.
What bothers me about this isn't that social media seems to have turned our entire society into a herd of sheep, or that I feel like I have been sent on an endless trip back to high school where nobody ever graduates, grows up or evolves. No. I can deal with those things.
It bothers me to see myself becoming what I despise.