I get a few video segments mixed up, sound almost stoned in others, call a cappuccino a latte, and have other assorted errors, but I am quite pleased with this video essay. Video work is quite the challenge compared to taking and editing stills or even writing essays in print alone, and this project combined them all. Enjoy a final piece of pumpkin on this Thanksgiving night.
If you have not been reading this blog for long, and perhaps “reading” is an insufficient word here, perhaps you are confused whether it is a photo blog or a poetry blog or blog presenting prose pieces. The answer to this question is “Yes.”
It is clear that photography takes up most of its real estate, with haiku a close second, but at several stages in this blogs history, that is to say my history, there was a fair bit of prose as well. That has diminished, but when I do publish a piece elsewhere on the web, I do like to point it out.
That is what this is, a review of Thomas Chatterton Williams thought-provoking and excellently written memoir. Without further ado, I will let the review do the talking.
Oh, and for more blog brand dilution/confusion, stay tuned–a blog contest or two are in the wings waiting to make their appearance.
Thanks for reading/viewing.
The article is “Do FarmVilleans Dream of Analog Sheep” and is, in a nutshell, about how our lives are increasingly interwoven with technology and how that affects us.
If you read these (particularly the article) and the writing provokes any thoughts or questions, I would love to hear from you, either via email or in a comment.
Well, it has been a long time, but I do have a new piece in the new issue of Catapult about a current art installation in St. Louis. If you are in the area, I highly recommend going to it. Another image from my time at the installations is the masthead for the issue. There are also, of course, many other articles on the topic of community.
Here are some more images from the evening.
The latest issue of catapult magazine is up and it is a good one. Well, that is somewhat of a self serving assertion, but not entirely.
I do have an article in the issue which presents an online version of my first photography exhibit and the transcript of the talk I gave at its opening. When viewing the first slide show, pause a second or two when each picture comes up if you would like to see its title.
I also have a photographic piece taken on a whim on Ash Wednesday as two of my flatmates came home from service. After getting their permisssion to use the photos, I told them they were going to be famous. Jonathan said, please, he has already appeared in a picture in Time magazine. Nice. Still, I think it is pretty cool.
Amidst other pieces in the issue, I specifically recommend to you a piece on Holy Week services which makes me hungry to participate this year.
And a piece on creative church bulletins, which is fascinating. Make sure to check out the slide show linked at the bottom of the article. There are some amazingly cool images. What an idea.
Finally, there is a fascinating article/interview with the Christian worship band Aradhna which fuses classical Indian worship music with western styles.
My most recent article in Catapult is an important one to me as it is about my mother.
If you have read my blog or other essays, you may recognize bits and pieces of this article from those sources in this synthesis and retelling of a story that is central to me. This piece may not be my final work on this subject, but it is a significant one nonetheless.
Also in this issue is a picture of my brother and sister-in-law’s new puppy, who is named after the town where I went to boarding school:
And, though I have not gotten a chance to read it, I commend the rest of the issue to you as well.