Devil

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Camera: Nikon 3Gs

Post: Cropping

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Comments: Cover of a hardback book: The story is about a guy named Ig, whose life after the death of his beloved Merrin, goes to hell in a handbasket. Also, he has horns. And dark powers… I chose this subject to  because of the variegated finish and details of the cover – just to see how various light sources would effect the cover art. What was really interesting to me is that the author’s name appears to have almost a gold foil  look, when in fact it’s just mustard yellow@

Welcome to 30 Days of Photography II! Every day for the thirty days April, I will post a photo based on a theme as dictated by the two people hosting this meme: Ziva and Mike! These are the other participants of 30 Days of Photography II:

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Lines

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Camera: iPhone 3Gs

Post: Cropping

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Comments: Rails on playground equipment in Lithia Park, Ashland, OR

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Outlier

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Camera: Nikon D3100;  FNumber: 4.8; Focal Length: 32; Exposure Time: 1/25

Post: Exposure, Definition, Highlights, Sharpness and De-Noising increased; Contrast, Saturation and Shadows decreased

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Welcome to 30 Days of Photography II! Every day for the thirty days April, I will post a photo based on a theme as dictated by the two people hosting this meme: Ziva and Mike! These are the other participants of 30 Days of Photography II:

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Nude

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Camera: Nikon D3100;  FNumber: 4.5; Focal Length: 29; Exposure Time: 1/40

Post: Cropping

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Comments: I was shocked to find that, when I stripped Barbie down for this shot, that she was actually wearing nude colored underwear!

Welcome to 30 Days of Photography II! Every day for the thirty days April, I will post a photo based on a theme as dictated by the two people hosting this meme: Ziva and Mike! These are the other participants of 30 Days of Photography II:

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My Toothbrush

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Camera: iPhone 3Gs;  FNumber: 2.8; Focal Length: 3.85; Exposure Time: 1/15

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Comments: Apparently I can’t get away with “just” brushing my teeth anymore! I went to the dentist and all of these things are not merely encouraged or even strongly recommended, now they are required :-/

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All My Sons



All My Sons
by Arthur Miller
performed by James Farentino, Ayre Gross, Julie Harris, Mitchell Hebert, Naomi Jacobson, Barbara Klein, Paul Morella, Michaeleen O’Neil, Nathan Taylor and Jerry Whiddon
directed by Nick Olcott
1.75 hours



Larry Keller is a WWII pilot has been MIA for a few years. What remains are the ingredients for an American  Tragedy: Larry’s mother who refuses to believe that her son is dead; Larry’s father, Joe Keller, who was accused, but eventually cleared of wrongdoing for the crime of manufacturing and distributing faulty airplane parts during the war;  Chris Keller, who lives in the shadow of his brother; Steve Deever, Joe’s business partner who is serving time for the crime Joe was exonerated for; George Deever, Steve’s son and; Ann Deever, Steve’s daughter (and George’s sister,) Larry’s childhood sweetheart and, Chris’ current love interest. 

A tree planted as a memorial or beacon for Larry is struck down in a storm and this triggers a cascade of confrontations in the household that careens towards an ugly truth  – a denouement born of grief, sorrow, anger and, resentment. Pathos and angst are wrung out of each scene until there is nothing left but the inevitable razing of individual hopes and a shocking conclusion worthy of a Classic Greek Tragedy.

All My Sons can be a painful play to bear witness to: Souls are laid bare as characters demand to be respected for their principles and motivations, for the persons they are; but are refuted by those closest to them and for whom their ethos has been hewn. Each characters makes a sacrificial offering of their suffering to another, only to be rejected and driven into a psychological corner. But for these same reasons, All My Sons is an important play to experience as well as it exposes the integrity of the foundations of the American Dream. The drive to achieve a manifest destiny is lacerated by the frailties of being human.

Though it is an important play, this particular presentation may not be the best performance. Instead of layering interpretative meaning into the dialog, the lines and monologues are uniformly delivered at a high intensity of rage and bitterness. This is not a play rendered with subtlety or nuance, a point underscored when George arrives at the Keller household for a confrontation. There are accusations and yelling; but all of the sudden George is happy to be back; and then equally as sudden, he’s back to being enraged. By not providing emotional room for the characters, by constricting the characters to a monotonous fervor, George has no where to go except to appear as momentarily insensible. It is a delicate scene and a challenge for any director; but this ham-fisted approach robs the scene, and one cannot help but suspect the whole play, of its required elegance.


See Also:
The Armchair Audies (Official Page)
The Mark of Zorro (Audiobook Review)
The Graduate (Audiobook Review)
I, Claudius (Audiobook Review)
The Man Who Had All the Luck (Audiobook Review)


Other Stuff: I purchased a library CD edition of The Arthur Miller Collection (by Arthur Miller; performed by various full casts) from PaperbackShopUS via the Amazon Marketplace. All My Sons is the second play in the collection and is available for individual digital dnload. I receive no monies, goods or services in exchange for reviewing the product and/or mentioning any of the persons or companies that are or may be implied in this post.

The Future

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Camera: iPhone 3Gs;  FNumber: 2.8; Focal Length: 3.85; Exposure Time: 1/15

Post: Sharpness and Definition increased; Cropping

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Comments: The Jetsons painted a picture of sentient housekeeping robots and flying cars; but not the fact that I would be DVRing their show, stopping the show while watching “live” and then taking a picture of the screen with my phone!

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Crowded

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Camera: iPhone 3Gs  

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Comments: Hi! My name is Tanya and I am a book hoarder. We won’t get into the reasons today; but suffice it to say that our home is filled with books. The bookshelves are crowded: Books are double- and tripled-shelved and books are stacked on stacks, jammed into just about every available spot. The floor is just another big book shelf as far as I’m concerned.  This shot shows 6 of the roughly 75 cubes of books in my home office alone. Also, I own two eReaders, two  MP3 players (for audiobooks) and three hard drives of material.  Oh,  should mention that these are just my books we’re talking about :-/

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PRINT

My fling with short novels and novellas continues, this past week with the epistolary classic, 84, Charing Cross Road and its diary sequel, The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street (both by Helene Hanff.) When 84, Charring Cross Road first appeared on my required reading list in high school, I avoided it because I though it was a collection of maudlin love letters. When I did finally get around to reading it as a young adult, I was pleasantly surprised that they weren’t those sort of love letters and I’ve held the book in fond memory ever since. For the uninitiated, 84, Charing Cross Road is a collection of letters between Helene Hanff and the booksellers at Marks & Cross in London. The letters span approximately twenty years, from Post-War London and its hardships through to the circus that was the 1960s. In going back to 84, Charing Cross Road this time, however, it didn’t hold up as well for me, mainly because I didn’t like Ms Hanff this time around. I was dismayed at her sarcastic sense of humor and wondered what it was in her writings that made her so appealing to her foreign correspondents-cum-pen pals. I went on to read The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street (the recent acquisition of which was the reason for my re-reading 84, Charing Cross Road), which is a diary of Ms Hanff’s trip to London. It was okay, even if Ms Hanff seemed a bit obsessed with her wardrobe. While I loved neither of the books, I liked them together, a case where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I was disappointed to go online and find very few pictures or other visuals in regards to 84, Charing Cross Road/The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street. I would have loved to have seem Ms Hanff’s library, the bookstore when it was still open, the staff’s personal pictures which are often referred to – but never reproduced in the books.

I finished off last week’s reading, not with a short novel, but with the 308-page Paul Auster novel, Invisible. There is no denying that Paul Auster is a very good writer: From the first page I was hooked on the story; but by the story’s end, I was still on the hook. I felt stupid for not getting it and wondered at the point of the whole thing. The story is about a young student who, with another man, is mugged. Something happens which then generates approximately forty years of male angst. Kinda reminds me of Ian McEwan in that way :-/

I know you never thought I’d say it; but I’ve started Alias Grace (by Margaret Atwood!) I should be finished by next Tuesday and then we shall see what we shall see 🙂

  1. Alias Grace (by Margaret Atwood) – Mount TBR
  2. Emma (by Jane Austen) – Back to the Classics; Mount TBR
  3. Enough About Love (by Herve LeTellier)
  4. The Kite Runner (by Khaled Hosseini) – What’s in a Name? Challenge #5
  5. The Royal Road to Fotheringhay (by Jean Plaidy) – Mount TBR
  6. Pest Control (by Bill Hughes) – What’s in a Name? Challenge #5
  7. The Religion (by Tim Willocks) – Mount TBR
  8. The Time Traveler’s Wife (by Audrey Neffenegger) – Mount TBR
  9. Netherland (by Joseph O’Neill)
  10. The Age of Innocence (by Edith Wharton)


AUDIO

I’ve  started We’re Alive, Season 1 (by Kc Wayland; performed by a full cast)  even while in the midst of The Arthur Miller Collection (by Arthur Miller; performed by various full casts.) I’ll be posting reviews of a couple of the Arthur Miller plays this week, The Man Who Had All the Luck and All My Sons. I hope to be able to post more reviews of the individual plays; but I’ll have to see how I can juggle the schedule with Zombie Awareness Month and SYNC looming on the horizon 🙂

  1. We’re Alive, Season 1 (by Kc Wayland; performed by a full cast) – Audio Drama
  2. Zombiestan (by Mainak Dhar; narrated by John Lee)
  3. Vacation (by Matthew Costello; narrated by Peter Macon)
  4. The Bone House (by Brian Freeman; narrated by Joe Barrett) – Thriller/Suspense
  5. Silent Scream (by Karen Rose; narrated by Marguerite Gavin) – Thriller/Suspense
  6. My Dog Tulip (by J.R. Ackerley; narrated by Ralph Cosham) – Biography/Memoir
  7. The 4% Universe (by Richard Penak; narrated by Ray Porter) – Non-Fiction
  8. My Korean Deli (by Ben Ryder Howe; narrated by Bronson Pinchot) – Non-Fiction
  9. The 13-1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (by Walter Moers; narrated by Bronson Pinchot) – Fantasy
  10. Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures (by Walter Moers; narrated by Bronson Pinchot) – Fantasy