Friday Food for Thought: July 22, 2022

Hello Friends, welcome to Friday Food for Thought. Every Friday I’ll help start your weekend by sharing four people, thoughts, or things that are on my mind this week. These may be books or movies, podcast suggestions, interesting people I follow on social media, music, products, or, well, anything. You may find interesting creativity boosts here, some conversation starters, or just a small dose of entertainment. Click here for my previous post. Feel free to share this with friends, or offer suggestions via the comments. Let’s begin!

1) No Snow Job:

I’ve been rewatching one of my favorite TV series, The X-Files. I’ve always appreciated the show’s soundtrack, but I’m noticing it even more this time around, composed for all eleven seasons by Mark Snow. Snow also composed the music for both X-Files feature films, in addition to his long resume of scores for film and television. Snow brilliantly captures every mood from gentle solo piano to symphonic melodrama. You can find selections of his work on YouTube, but his work is better explored in its entirety on CDs or by watching the original productions.

2) Above and Beyond:

Speaking of music, earlier this week I listened to the 1997 album Beyond the Missouri Sky by Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny, a copy autographed by Charlie Haden when I bought the CD at the Monterey Jazz Festival. It remains one of my favorite jazz albums, with arrangements that are simple in the best possible way. Through times of happiness and sorrow, Beyond the Missouri Sky has been comforting me for twenty-five years.

3) He Ain’t Weard, He’s the Photographer:

I recently read River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by the brilliant Rebecca Solnit. The book is a masterpiece and if you’re human I urge you to read it. I had never heard of Eadweard Muybridge before reading Solnit’s book. But Muybridge, among other things, took dramatic photographs of the Yosemite Valley long before Ansel Adams. Muybridge lived a dramatic life, and not always in a good way – he was acquitted after murdering a man who had an affair with his wife. But he made extraordinary advances in photography throughout the late 1800s, including a long series of motion studies that eventually led to moving images, techniques that the Lumiere brothers used in their development of motion pictures. Many of Muybridge’s photographs can be found online, including at Getty Images and the Online Archive of California.

4) Used but Not Forgotten:

As a writer, it’s in my financial interests to oppose used book stores. But several visits to Pegasus Books in Berkeley, California, (where I bought my copy of the aforementioned River of Shadows) during a summer vacation reminded me how passionate I am about used book stores. Most of the books in my home library were purchased used – there is a character to used books that doesn’t exist in new editions. I haven’t been able to find a national or global directory of used book stores, but I imagine one exists. Either way, next time you’re in the market for some new reading material, search out a used book store in your area. Great adventures await.

That’s all for this week. Have a good weekend!

This post contains NO affiliate links. All suggestions are based on my own personal experience, your experience may vary. Nothing herein is intended to serve as medical, legal, financial, or any other advice for which you should consult professionals and not some random guy on the Internet.

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