Recommended reading

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💻 Ray Bradbury would have been 100 this week. He was one of my top favorite authors when I was a kid. John Scalzi felt the same way. He shares the introduction he wrote for a special edition of Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles in which he shares his love for Bradbury’s work. Read On the Occasion of Ray Bradbury’s 100th Birthday: “Meeting the Wizard”

💻 You can know that people live in poverty in America. But as long as you aren’t connected to people in impoverished communities, you don’t really know it. Pete Saunders explains, and very well. Read The CityBricks Project: Confronting Community Disparities

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Olympus OM-2n, 35-70mm f/4 S Zuiko Auto-Zoom, Kodak T-Max 400, Adox HR-DEV 1+30, 2020

📷 Is film photography becoming too expensive? Hamish Gill reminds us that it still can be (relatively) inexpensive fun — and shares his recent experience with how to bring the cost down. Read Film Photography – A Realisation That Cheap Thrills Can Still Be Had!

💻 Before streaming, there were CDs; before CDs, there were records; and before records, there were cylinders. J.P. Cavanaugh looks back at the audio format that Thomas Edison himself invented, and why the phonograph record won the early audio format war. Read Audio Format Wars: Cylinders vs. Discs

📷 Paul Lovell does a short take on the brilliant Olympus OM-2n. Read Olympus OM-2n

📷 Paul McIvor writes a great review of the Pentax MZ-S, one of the late Pentax film SLRs. Read The unlovely (but very good) Pentax MZ-S

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4 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. Joe shoots resurrected cameras Avatar

    To ask the recommendation of someone whose opinion I value: I’m a pretty big sci-fi fan but never saw the appeal of Bradbury, perhaps the reason being that he was required reading in school. I know he wrote a lot of short fiction. But besides Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, both of which I’ve read, did he have other major works that I’m missing out on?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Bradbury wrote relatively few novels in his lifetime – he was more a short story man. Wikipedia has a comprehensive list:

      I love short stories, which is probably part of why I love Bradbury.

      1. Joe shoots resurrected cameras Avatar

        Yeah so are there short story collections you recommend? Looking at bibliography lists doesn’t do anything but make my head spin!

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          It’s been 30 years since I’ve read any of his short stories so unfortunately not really. But my memory is that all the ones I read were enjoyable, so perhaps it doesn’t matter where you start!

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