book review: turn around bright eyes — rob sheffield

I have a lot of feelings about Rob Sheffield’s new book, Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals Of Love & Karaoke. This is, in part, because Rob Sheffield’s writing about music just gives me feelings, because he says things in the way I want to say them, often, where I end up trying to say…

review: 24″ photo cube studio light tent

I don’t do a ton of product photography — unless you count posing Lego baseball men with things from my origami page-a-day calendar as product photography, but it’s really not — but when the LA Shop offered to send me one of their photography toys to try out, I jumped at the chance to play…

book review: the rolling stones 1972 (jim marshall)

Throughout his entire career, Marshall battled for access. Without free access, he couldn’t do what he did – breathe in the moments and freeze them on film. — Joel Selvin, in the introduction This is a photo book that highlights the importance of access; not of being friends with the musicians that you shoot (though…

book review: the polaroid book (taschen 25th anniversary edition)

I have a Polaroid. It was my maternal grandmother’s, and it came with two packs of expired, unusable film. I haven’t bought any film from the Impossible Project yet, because I never have any money, but I love Polaroid cameras, and photos. I love the instance of it; the whole point of it, really. I…

read what i had, volume two

In January, I resolved to only read books that were on my GoodReads to-read list on January 1. This went … sort of well. What I ended up reading in January: Second Chance Summer, Morgan Mattson Carry The One, Carol Anshaw Gone, Gone, Gone, Hannah Moskowitz Teeth, Hannah Moskowitz Ryan Adams: Losering, A Story of…

read what you’ve already decided to read

I’m going back to October for my January reading, and reading what I own (sort of). In October, I read only books that were on my GoodReads to-read list before October 1, so in January, I’ll be only reading books on my to-read list before January 1. You guys could join me. Sometimes it feels…

book review: you are awesome

You Are Awesome, Cicada Books, 2012. First, how nice is it to have a book that right up front tells you that you rock? I need more books like that. You Are Awesome is a book of 21 crafts; gifts for yourself, or to make someone else feel awesome. I need more of that in…

movies: skyfall

We saw Skyfall last night, and it was extraordinary; not just the performances, though Judi Dench is otherworldly and Daniel Craig is his usual lovely craggy grouchy talented self, but something about the lighting of it, specifically, moved me in the same way that watching The Hour last year did. The power of light and…

read what you own (sort of) october

At the beginning of October, I became completely overwhelmed by the state of my Goodreads to-read list. This was one part oh God I will never read all the books in the world and one part I got a Kindle and suddenly there were all these new books! That looked good! That weren’t on my…