October was a busy month which explains why my September Update didn’t get posted until the 2nd to last day of the month.
I was really busy at work, and Holly and I also took time off for our annual Staycation. I plan to write a separate post about our highlights from that.
That’s not to say I didn’t have any time for other things.
As I mentioned in my belated September Update, I started watching all of Hal Hartley’s films on The Criterion Channel. With the exception of needing to make sure I watched No Such Thing before the end of September when it was no longer going to be available, I watched the films in chronological order.
October started with 1997’s Henry Fool which is not only one of my favorite Hal Hartley movies, but also one of my all time favorite movies.
I wanted to make sure I finished watching all of his movies before our Staycation started on October 20 because a big part of our time off was devoted to the 32nd Annual Philadelphia Film Festival. I wanted to wrap up my movie watching before all my movie watching.
I was successful in getting through all of Hartley’s movies. As I mentioned before, I had seen all of his feature films before but not all of his shorts so it was a great experience being able to see his entire body of work.
Related to that, Hartley started a Kickstarter campaign for his next movie, Where to Land, which I contributed to. He had run a campaign for this film in 2019 which I had also contributed to. Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic ended filming before it could even begin. I could have gotten reimbursed, but, instead, I opted to get a boxed set of 2 of his movies (The Book of Life and The Girl from Monday) as well as a copy of the screenplay for Where to Land.
He met his Kickstarter goal. I really liked the screenplay so I’m thrilled that this is finally getting made.
When I wasn’t watching Hal Hartley movies, I was watching the Philadelphia Phillies in the playoffs. They easily beat the Florida Marlins in the Wildcard round and beat the Atlanta Braves, who had the best record in baseball, 3 games to 1. Alas, they then lost to the upstart Arizona Diamondbacks and failed to get to the World Series for the 2nd straight year.
Although, they eventually got knocked out of the playoffs, I was happy that they got as far as they did.
I took a lot of photos in October and had the film ones developed, but I haven’t gotten around to posting them here yet. I am far behind where I planned to be with my posts.
I took my Flexaret VII out for a walk along the Schuylkill River Trail. Holly and I took a walk to the East Passyunk part of the city, and I brought along my Nikon Z fc to take some autumn and Halloween photos. I shot my 2nd roll of Lomochrome ‘92, this time in my Canon Rebel 2000. And I also carried my Olympus XA with me during our Staycation and finished a roll of Lomography Color 800.
I hope to get to posting about those soon. Or, at least, soon-ish.
I ended up finishing only 1 book in October: Alicia Kennedy’s No Meat Required. Neither Holly nor I are vegans, but we have incorporated some vegan meals into our lives for health reasons. I found Kennedy’s book to be a clear history of vegan eating without it being overly aggressive in its arguments for a vegan lifestyle.
In a rare occurrence, I actually did not finish a book. I usually try to finish whatever I start, but I couldn’t make it through Namwali Serpell’s The Furrows. After an intriguing opening, I quickly found the 1st half dull and repetitive. A young girl witnesses her younger brother’s death and then has several dreams in which he dies in other ways. The 2nd half of the book is told from a different character’s point of view, and I didn’t find anything compelling about that character nor his story. I put it aside thinking I might go back to it, but after a couple of weeks, I can safely say I will not.
Knowing that Netflix would be releasing a miniseries based on Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See in November, I decided to re-read it. I had read it shortly after it first came out and recalled loving it, but I didn’t remember much about it. I got about halfway through it before the month ended.
I started reading the Selected Stories of Anton Chekov in September and have read a few stories here and there between other books. In October, I read 2 more stories: The Fidget and In Exile.
Books Read in 2023
So far, I’ve read 29 books in 2023:
- Modigliani Up Close, various authors
- Daddy, Emma Cline (library book)
- Blood and Guts in High School, Kathy Acker
- White on White, Ayşegül Savaş
- The Direction of the Wind, Mansi Shah (Kindle book)
- Men without Women, Haruki Murakami (Kindle book)
- Outline, Rachel Cusk
- An Immense World, Ed Yong
- Blindness, José Saramago
- Chemistry, Weike Wang (Kindle book)
- The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
- All’s Well That Ends Well, William Shakespeare
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Anita Loos (library book)
- Birnam Wood, Eleanor Catton (Kindle book)
- Every Man a King, Walter Mosley (Kindle book)
- Matisse in the 1930’s, various authors
- Our Missing Hearts, Celeste Ng (Kindle book)
- The Making of a Story, Alice LaPlante
- Istanbul: Memories and the City, Orhan Pamuk
- Taste: My Life Through Food, Stanley Tucci
- The Guest, Emma Cline (Kindle book)
- What Never Happened, Rachel Howzell Hall (Kindle book)
- Othello, William Shakespeare
- Romantic Comedy, Curtis Sittenfeld (Kindle book)
- The Friend, Sigrid Nunez (Kindle and library book)
- Draw Your Day, Samantha Dion Baker
- What Are You Going Through, Sigrid Nunez (library book)
- The Vaster Wilds, Lauren Groff
- No Meat Required, Alicia Kennedy
This Creative Midlife Posts in 2023
- New Canon 28mm Lens
- December 2022 Update
- Favorite Photos from the 2nd Half of 2022
- Canon AE-1 with Lomochrome Metropolis
- January 2023 Update
- Minolta XE with Lomography Berlin
- Mandalas in Procreate
- Minolta X-700 with Ilford HP5 Plus
- A Visit to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
- February 2023 Update
- Long Birthday Weekend 2023
- Pittsburgh Trip 2023 Part 1
- Pittsburgh Trip 2023 Part 2
- March 2023 Update
- Yashica Mat-124G with Kodak Ektar
- Olympus XA with Kodak Pro Image
- Morris Arboretum Visit
- April 2023 Update
- Planning Our 2023 Vacation
- Planning Our Vacation Camera Edition
- May 2023 Update
- Minolta Hi-Matic 11 with Ilford HP5 Plus
- June 2023 Update
- And the Adventure Continues…
- Downtown LA with My Rollei Giro 105
- Downtown LA with My Minolta X-700
- 2023 California Vacation Part 1
- July 2023 Update
- 2023 California Vacation Part 2
- Point Lobos in Color and B&W
- 2023 California Vacation Part 3
- Garland Ranch Regional Park with My Minolta X-700
- Monterey and Cannery Row Photos
- 2023 California Vacation Part 4
- Carmel River State Beach with my Minolta X-700
- 2023 California Vacation Part 5
- August 2023 Update
- Testing a Roll of LomoChrome Color ’92
- September 2023 Update
- The Painted Bride and Other Photos