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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

In Heavy Rotation

Recent enthusiasms, not exclusively photographic...

"Ohrwurm" (German for "ear worm," figuratively a tune that gets stuck in your head): The Raconteurs' "Steady As She Goes" (either version, album or acoustic).

Recent favorite albums: Avishai Cohen, Continuo, and Bass Communion and Muslimgauze, One through Seven [available on iTunes]. I had written off Avishai Cohen as an "empty virtuoso" of the "Listen to how many notes I can play how perfectly how fast!" variety, but his latest has real soul. It's perfect for a contemplative late night when you're feeling a bit wistful and fatalistic about the world. BC&M is thinking man's (or woman's) electronica, electronica you can really listen to. It stands up to multiple hearings. Or, at least, has for me.*

Most coveted camera lately: Rolleicord Va or b (don't ask me why—I know I'd probably never use it).

Best article read this week: "What the Dog Saw: Cesar Millan and the enigma of presence," Malcolm Gladwell's profile of Cesar Millan, the "Dog Whisperer," in The New Yorker (an interview with Gladwell about the article is here, but don't miss the article), May 22, 2006, p. 48.

Favorite recent photograph of my own (above).

Best pairs of books to read together:
What's the Matter With Kansas? by Thomas Frank, a non-fiction portrait and political analysis of Kansas today, with The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley, a fictional portrait of Kansas Territory before the Civil War;


The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, a tour-de-force about the food we eat and where it comes from, with Alive by Piers Paul Read, a true account of plane crash victims in the Andes surviving by cannibalism. (Talk about yer explosive synergy!)

Michael Pollan's book is the best I've read about food and the best book I've read recently on any subject (at least if you don't share my caustic perspective on national affairs). It should go on your short list if you like nonfiction. Did you know, for example, that virtually every ingredient in certain "orange drinks" are made from corn, including the citric acid? The account of the boar hunt is worth the price of the book.

Favorite recent book of photographs: Street Photographs by Juan Buhler. One of those perfect little gems of photographic bookmaking like George Krause One, Francis Benjamin Johnston's The Hampton Album, or Luc Delahaye's Winterreise. If anybody out there is actually reading this and actually listens to me, get this.


Photo of Rolleicord Vb from John's Rollei Only Page

*A tip o' the hat to KK, who I'm sure introduced me to BC&M.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Mike! A 1-hour photo photo?!

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BC&M--maybe.....but hardly holds a la-la-la footcandle to Pizzacato 5!

4:37 PM  
Blogger Albano Garcia said...

Wow, love the photo, really. And thanks for keep it in color.

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you want my vb? i don't use it either, lol.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Pizzacato 5 are too poppy.



7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...'ve read the book, dont forget to rent the movie!

7:45 PM  
Blogger sbug said...

The Raconteurs' : Broken Boy Soldiers is an amazingly fun album. Listening to it is a true guilty pleasure.

Lovely photo too.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Clint said...

I love my Rolleicord. Now just to get a brighter screen in it...

12:06 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Need a brighter screen for a Rollei? Here's where:


3:36 PM  

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