After a particularly hot summer, we started getting better weather in September. The month started off hot, moderated a bit, and then took a sudden turn to autumn weather actually on the equinox. I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced such a decisive turn to autumn before. We went from days in the upper 80s and low 90s to upper 60s and low 70s, which was quite welcome.
The better weather meant more getting out and, specifically, more getting out on photo walks. I already posted about some of those outings:
I still have a couple of rolls of film from September to post about, and I have some digital photos I haven’t posted yet. I mentioned in my Minolta X-700 post that when I finished the roll of Kodak Tri-X, I shot some more photos with my Nikon Z fc and my 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 lens.
I took these photos at the Cherry Street Pier and on our walk home from there.
I also shot a nice sunset out our apartment window one evening with the Z fc and the same lens.
I had recently read and loved Olivia Laing’s The Trip to Echo Spring. A couple of years ago, I had read and loved her The Lonely City. Enjoying those 2 non-fiction works made me curious about her fiction, so I downloaded a copy of Crudo to my Kindle. About a third of the way through, I was liking it so much, I also bought the paperback which was a wise choice. While reading the Kindle version, I hadn’t realized there were source notes at the end, which were quite revelatory.
The book is a unique mix of memoir and biography, specifically that of Kathy Acker. The narrator’s name is Kathy and some of the narration is taking directly from Acker’s works, but much of the plot is drawn from Laing’s life. It’s a difficult book to categorize as fiction since it relies so heavily on people’s lives, but it’s not exactly memoir nor biography. It’s set during the first year of the Trump administration and really captures the angst of the time. A truly intriguing book.
Over the past 3 years or so, I have been working my way through many of Shakespeare’s plays and, this month, I finished As You Like It. The last comedy I read was Twelfth Night. They make for interesting companion pieces since they both involved mistaken identities specifically due to women dressed as men, or, in the case of As You Like It, a woman dressed as a man pretending to be a woman.
Prior to reading White Noise this month, the other Don Delillo novels I’ve read were Great Jones Street, Underworld, Zero K, and The Silence. I somehow circumnavigated his most famous works. I admit to finally getting around to White Noise since a movie version of it is on its way. I tend to like Noah Baumbach’s movies so I am curious about the movie version. That said, after reading the book, I’m dubious as to how well it will translate to the screen. It’s a bit disjointed with 3 somewhat distinct sections. That works fine in a novel. It will be interesting to see how they can wrangle that into a single movie. None of the actors look like the main characters, but I can certainly hear Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, and Don Cheadle delivering the dialog.
After all that relatively heavy reading, I ended the month with a couple lighter books.
I’m a fan of Abbey Sy’s YouTube channel so I was interested in picking up her latest book, The Art of the Travel Journal. As someone who has been interesting in journaling for some time, the book came across as a bit rudimentary, but it would be a great book for someone just starting to get interested.
I also read The Sweetness of Doing Nothing by Sophie Minchilli which is a really enjoyable book about finding the pleasurable in everyday life. It feeds into a stereotype of Italians just sitting around eating food, drinking wine, and hanging out with family and friends. It may be a bit romanticized, but it was certainly a pleasant read.
Books Read in 2022
So far in 2022, I’ve read 27 books:
- The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
- Book, They Might Be Giants, Paul Sahre, Brian Karlsson
- All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business, Mel Brooks (Kindle book)
- The Photographer’s Eye, John Szarkowski
- Harlem Shuffle, Colson Whitehead (Kindle book)
- Our Country Friends, Gary Shteyngart
- My Name Is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
- Crossroads, Jonathan Franzen
- South of Somewhere, Robert V. Camuto
- The Promise, Damon Galgut (Kindle book)
- A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
- After New Formalism, Annie Finch, ed. (Library book)
- The Candy House, Jennifer Egan
- The New Woman Behind the Camera, various authors
- Sea of Tranquility, Emily St. John Mandel
- Joan is Okay, Weike Wang (Kindle book)
- East of Eden, John Steinbeck
- Free Love, Tessa Hadley (Kindle book)
- Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon
- Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
- Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller
- The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing
- Crudo, Olivia Laing
- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
- White Noise, Don DeLillo
- The Art of the Travel Journal, Abbey Sy
- The Sweetness of Doing Nothing, Sophie Minchilli
This Creative Midlife Posts in 2022
- December 2021 Update
- Canon AE-1 with Ilford Delta 3200
- Canon Rebel 2000 with Kodak Color Plus
- Christmas Light Box Photos
- January 2022 Update
- Minolta Autopak 450Ex with Lomography Lobster
- New Nikon Z fc!
- Schuylkill River Trail Outing with my Nikon Z fc
- E.M. Cioran on Aging
- February 2022 Update
- Long Birthday Weekend 2022
- Year Two of Pandemic Life
- First Film Photos of 2022
- March 2022 Update
- 2022 Camera Inventory
- Minolta Hi-Matic 11 with Ilford Delta 100
- Canon Rebel 2000 with Lomography Color 800
- Planning a Vacation
- April 2022 Update
- Minolta XE with Lomochrome Purple
- Olympus XA in Carmel California
- May 2022 Update
- The Arizona Part of Our Vacation
- 2022 California Vacation Part 1
- 2022 California Vacation Part 2
- 2022 California Vacation Part 3
- Did My Olympus XA Survive Vacation?
- June 2022 Update
- Canon AE-1 with Kodak Pro Image
- Favorite Photos from the 1st Half of 2022
- August Walk with My Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
- July and August 2022 Update
- Olympus OM-1 with Fomapan Classic
- Olympus XA with Kodak Pro Image
- Minolta X-700 with Kodak Tri-X
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