Recommended reading

Happy Saturday! Not much to share from the Interwebz this week. Dear Interwebz: step up your game next week, k?

Robert Osborne died this week. He was the fellow who used to introduce the old films on the Turner Classic Movies channel. He seemed an affable fellow, but apparently he was nothing short of beloved in Hollywood. I even heard Terry Gross say nice things about him on Fresh Air this week. Mike Evanier tells of the two times he encountered Osborne. Read About Robert Osborne

Ming Thien shares a nice series of photographs, of architecture and rooftops in Porto, Portugal. He captured some lovely color. Read Photoessay: Entropy from a distance in Porto

The secret to happiness, Jason Fried (writing for Signal v. Noise) says, is to not have expectations. Take life as it comes, and you won’t be disappointed. This is a very Stoic way of approaching life. Read Living without expectations

To round it out this week, here’s a photo. This is a detail on a bank building here in Indianapolis. Pentax K1000, 55mm f/1.8 SMC Pentax, Kodak Gold 400.

Bank Building Detail


15 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Michael McNeill says:

    I’ll read the Porto link with particular interest, Jim – we’re going there for a much-needed break later in the year. It’ll be my second time in this beautiful and interesting city – the first time I was working and had no time for photography. Not so this time, when I hope to carry a camera 24/7.

  2. Heide says:

    In spite of your protests to the contrary, you’ve lined up another great set of reads, Jim! The one that most spoke to me was Jason Fried’s essay on expectations. A wise friend once told me that “Expectations are the killers of good travel,” and based on Jason’s observations that may also be true of life in general. I will take his advice to heart and try to have an expectation-free weekend. Lovely photo you’ve posted at the very bottom, btw. Little details like the one you’ve captured add such richness to our urban landscapes. Isn’t it a pity architects no longer decorate buildings so ornately?

    • When I went to Ireland last fall I didn’t do any research beforehand. I just let the country open to me like a book. It was wonderful to do it that way!

      When I go back to Germany, I do have some expectations, based on nostalgia from my trip 30+ years ago. I hope I’m not disappointed.

      The Mormons recently built a temple near here, and my mom went to see it when they were giving tours. She said that they really did build it “like they used to” — maybe it takes a wealthy church to do such things today.

      • Heide says:

        I don’t think you will be the least bit disappointed when you return to Germany, Jim — at least if your experience is anything like mine. Some things seemed exactly as I’d remembered them, but the fact that 30 years has passed helped me appreciate them more deeply, and with new eyes.

        As for Ireland: Although I admire your openness, this business of not doing any research freaks me out a bit! Good for you, though. That’s certainly a great way to embrace the experience as it presents itself.

  3. DougD says:

    Looking forward to reading the expectations article. My favourite home made beatitude is:

    “Blessed are those with low expectations, for they shall not be disappointed”

    • The only hedge I have about this is that it can be used as an excuse to accept unacceptable conditions. But in general, the advice makes sense: a lot of our pain in life is about missed expectations.

  4. DougD says:

    Ok, read the article. He is right, but of course so are you.

    Reminds me of the time I was flying home from a business trip to Missouri, because of a big snowstorm we got diverted to Chicago along with several thousand other people. After waiting in line for an hour to rebook a flight home (along with several thousand other people who apparently EXPECTED to get home that night) I stepped up to the counter with a big smile. The ticket agent said “I haven’t seen a smile in this line for a while” and I replied “Well, you’re not the person who got me into this, you’re the person who is going to get me out of this”. And so she did.

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