You know the drill: a digest of blog posts I enjoyed from all over the Internet this week, aggregated for your Saturday-morning reading pleasure.
Television writer Ken Levine didn’t know Gene Wilder, but his friend Tom Straw did, and wrote a wonderful remembrance. Read R.I.P. Gene Wilder
Nick Gerlich is on a mission: to save as many old neon signs as he can. And he photographs most every one he encounters. He’s worried now about an iconic but endangered one in Oklahoma City. Read Neon Nights
I’ve riffed before on the pitfalls of trying to make your passions pay your bills. Eric Kim writes about the realities of having done it, and they’re not all pretty. Read Should I Make Money from My Photography?
Paul Niedermeyer, writing for Curbside Classic, writes a personal remembrance that explains why the BMW 1600 and 2002 were such seminal automobiles, and propelled BMW into the public consciousness in the United States. Read Curbside Classic: 1972 BMW 2002 Tii — Fifty Years of Unbeatable Success
The first book ever published that contained photographs was The Pencil of Nature by William Henry Fox Talbot. Rick Schuster recently leafed through a first edition printing, from 1844! Read The Pencil of Nature
Matthew Inman, on his site The Oatmeal, captures perfectly something I’ve touched on here before: I’m not a happy person. That doesn’t mean I’m unhappy. I’m fine, actually. I chose a long time ago to pursue a life that is interesting and meaningful to me. And in so doing, sometimes I encounter deep joy. Inman has had the same life experience in his own way. Read How to be perfectly unhappy