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My 3 Favorite Pieces of Literature: Revisited

Remember all those books you had to read back in high school that everyone hated? You probably procrastinated, waiting to read them until the end of summer when you had two days left to read half a dozen books and magically complete an essay before the first day of school came around Labor Day. Then you spent another 3 months going over those exact same books, dreading every moment of the incessantly boring material.

Remember that?

Well, I was right there with you, except that after reading all of those books for the first time, I decided that they must be famous for a reason, and about a year or so aftrer college I went back and read through them again. As it turns out, most aren’t so bad after all (though I still have trouble making it through Joyce!).

20 years later, I have some new favorites. Here are 3 of those classic books I’ve recently re-read once again, and have come to love.

To Kill A Mockingbird

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I’ll admit it, the first time I picked this up, I thought it was going to be about killing a mockingbird. Eerily reminiscent of that scene from that Zooey Deschanel movie Failure to Launch, where she tries to buy a gun and thinks To Kill a Mockingbird is a guide too!

At any rate, it’s a new favorite of mine, and I highly recommend you take a second glance at it, in case you weren’t paying too much attention the first time through!

Grab the To Kill a Mockingbird audiobook here, or the pdf here.

Great Expectations

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I’m not going to lie. My first few times through Dickens’ works weren’t fun. I particularly remember getting stuck on A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations when I was in school.

The writing seemed dense, and the plots boring, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I truly began to appreciate the complexity and richness of these novels.

You can find an audio of Great Expectations or download the ebook if you’re interested in going back through it with a more seasoned perspective!

Of Mice and Men

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Last but certainly not least is Of Mice and Men. I’ve always loved Steinbeck (I think his Winter of Our Discontent is one of my all-time favorite books) and Of Mice and Men is no exception.

The clever interplay of George and Lenny, juxtaposing sinister schemes with simple but kindhearted stupidity, is what makes this book so great.

Find Of Mice and Men on http://freeaudiobookguide.com, or read it online at Project Gutenberg.

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About Me

jeffHey There, I’m Jeff. I’m a photog who lives in NY. I love to write and chat about anything related to tech, the arts, or literature. I make my living doing mostly wedding photography, along with other ceremonies and receptions, but my hobbies are really more diverse than that.

I love going to art museums and checking the ever-evolving gallery scene here in Manhattan. I also love keeping up with trends in tech, and especially the intersection of technology and the arts. I’m also an avid reader, and between all of that I keep myself pretty busy!

I thought I’d use this space to write about a few of the things I like to do and learn in my spare time!

Hope you enjoy!

Jeff.

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Degas on Exhibit at MOMA in NYC

New Exhibition: Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty

Edgar Degas is by far one of my favorite late-19th/early-20th century artists. His style is unique in a way that no one else could even come close to matching. Born in France, but having spent significant time in New Orleans, Degas’ work melded the old and new worlds into one mellifluous whole, centering the pieces in an eclectic combination that was way ahead of his time.

That’s why I’m so pleased that the NYC Museum of Modern Art has a Degas Exhibit this year. The collection features works from both public and private collections around the world, and combines them all together into a great mastrerpiece that shows all sides of this artistic genius!

For more on Degas and his style, check out this video:

 

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How Art and Technology Form Leaders

ted logoAs an artist, one of the biggest debates that always seems to surface around art education has to do with the role of art in the workplace.

I’m a firm believer that creative art, when channeled into the proper form, can have a major impact on the decisions that we as individuals, consumers, societies, and corporations make. Creative ability is at the heart of many great leaders, and that power can be even greater when it’s combined using cutting edge technology.

Of course, whenever art gets mixed in with technology, we wind up calling it design and not art.

The reality is that the two fields are so often closely integrated, and separating them from each other does a disservice to each. Perhaps the best example of this was Steve Jobs, who believed so sincerely in the role that art and design played in technology that he nearly bankrupt Apple in pursuit of it, and was notorious for delaying releases because of “simple” design issues that many other executives would over look in a heart beat.

If this topic is something that interests you, I suggest you check out this great TED Talk, which showcases just how central the issue of “art” is to many leading edge tech firms.

Hope you enjoy!

 

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