Life has been calming down which means that I’ve been able to catch up on things, both blog-wise and life-wise. It’s been really nice, actually.
We recently got tickets to a poetry reading by Juan Felipe Herrera who is the current U.S. poet laureate. Herrera was very funny, very laid back and had some great pieces that he read to the crowd. In fact, he had the same vibe as Billy Collins (also a previous U.S. Poet Laureate) and who gave a big reading here in town a couple of years ago. It seems that the position of Poet Laureate is going to more accessible poetry (and its writers) which I really appreciate. I love poetry that I can connect to. I enjoy other poetry as well but I find I have to work harder to find that appreciation sometimes. I know, shameful but there you go.
So that was a fun evening of culture (and you know how I likes a bit of culture every now and then).
Screen-time has also been fun lately. As a head-tip to upcoming Halloween, we watched the old (1994) Interview of the Vampire with baby Brad Pitt and baby Tom Cruise (before he was weird). Loved this – it had just the right amount of scary without being too much and was funny to boot. Recommend this even if you’re not into scary stuff. It’s a good flick.
Went to the movies to see The Martian (2015 with Matt Damon) which was really good. Not many movies really suck me in to the narrative, but this one did and continued to do so right up to the end. Damon does a great job acting as the abandoned scientist stuck on the rather inhospitable Mars and apparently it’s pretty accurate, scientifically speaking, for the most part. One of my favorite quotes was this one: “I’m going to have to science the shit out of this one.” Nerd humor.
Speaking of media, our local college radio station was having an outside broadcast promoting an event and the 80’s music (which I adore), so having been a college radio DJ in my younger years (about 30 years ago so it was all vinyl), I tootled over to where they were standing and ended up on live radio talking about the old days. That was really fun, so now I’m getting back into music a bit more than I was.
And then back to books, I’m implementing a Book Buying Ban (similar to what I did last year). I’ve made the chart and now just actually have to keep to the ban. (It hasn’t gone well this week, but today’s another day!)
And reading-wise (re: books), I’ve been reading up a storm which has been great fun. Non-fiction on a childhood in the 1930’s northern England, a non-fiction of literary criticism and background on the Great Gatsby, and a collection of short stories published in the 1920s/1930s. (That last book of short stories was a thrift store find and I picked it up at random to read. Happily, I found out that the stories are some of the same time period as when F. Scott Fitzgerald was writing, so having learned more autobiographical stuff about Fitzgerald, it’s interesting to read some of his (and his peers) writing immediately after.
And then this weekend, I’m signed up to go to a Digital Story-Telling Workshop on campus. Not exactly sure what to expect, but I do know we need to take a DSLR camera and a flashdrive. I’ll let you know how it goes.
So it’s been fun.