Cape Fear

Dec. 26th, 2008 06:25 pm
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I should probably mention my so-far-wonderful holidays ... Barb and I saw Hilton in Winston-Salem Monday night. I went back yesterday and after doing the present thing with my mother and sister, and after reading the first third of LOOKING FOR ALASKA, I went out to Elliott's Revue to talk to my ol' friend Phil. We talked about movies, theater, music, humans, philosophy, tonal consistency, poetic inconsistency, and a few other things, and it was exactly the kind of talking I enjoy.

But instead of spieling more about holidays, I'm going to mention photography. A few of my freelance articles have been published with photos I've taken. But I'm pretty sure I just got my first credit for a photo-as-photo-and-only-photo in a dead-tree publication. So if you pick up the second edition of NORTH CAROLINA AFIELD: A Guide to Nature Conservancy Projects in North Carolina, you'll see (among many other things) my photo of the Cape Fear River. It was a pro sale, even, but I chose to donate the fee back to the Nature Conservancy, who do all kinds of good things to protect and preserve nature.

Date: 2008-12-27 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Woo for pleasant holidays. (I dream!) You should read Paper Towns (the new John Green) after Alaska, because it's an interesting kind of, well, almost a rebuttal to some of the things in Looking for Alaska. An interesting refutation of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. (But, that said, I really liked Alaska, especially it's portrayal of smart southern kids; southern books so often depict this sort of sanitized or gothic or quaint reality for teenagers that has never existed in my experience.)

Date: 2008-12-27 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Yeah--and I'm now about 2/3 through it--I could sense the potential problems and the panel-discussion-debate-inducing-ness of Alaska when she first walked on. But because I have not yet read a lot of YA, my first connection was to Emma from EMMA WHO SAVED MY LIFE, which is a book I (duh) love. I will put PAPER TOWNS on the to-read list, and hope that Barb already has a copy.

Date: 2008-12-28 12:37 am (UTC)
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Hmmm, see I had decided not to pick up Paper Towns (at least at the moment) b/c I was a little done with the manic dream girls after Alaska and Abundance of Katherines. But maybe I will re-think this? We'll see. I'm on a spree reading the New York Review of Books children's reprints series right now, and enjoying myself a stupid amount.

Date: 2008-12-28 05:24 am (UTC)
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I think it's Green's most "mature" work to date, and not in a pukey way. It really is like an argument against his earlier work* (and also feels like a personal exploration of the idea of personas in general). Worth reading. Although--NYRoB is the best thing ever, in all their lines, so I would never advise a pause in that endeavor.

*Abundance of Katherines I still have a great deal of affection for too, because of how it's such a love letter to David Foster Wallace and, even more, HASSAN!


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