I'm a terrible blogger. I'm feeling very sheepish about this morning's post. Here we are into the biggest shopping days of the year, and I'm linking to 42-year-old movies and an opaque, difficult-to-read book of essays on photography by a French post-Structuralist literary theorist. A deceased one, no less.
This would be pathetic if I weren't laughing at myself. It's like I haven't gotten the memo. Yeesh. If I go outta business, remember today....
Anyway, my links to shopping sites appear below, and if you wouldn't mind starting here for your virtual shopping jaunts, I'd be appreciative. Twelve years at this and Mikey still can't seem to focus. :-\
(More coming up soon.)
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Dirk: "Well for what it's worth I enjoyed reading this morning's article and I just purchased an iMac through your link. So based off my sample size of one, I'd say you've got this nailed!"
Mike replies: That made me feel a little better. Thanks Dirk.
Manuel: "Aw c'mon, Camera Lucida is not that difficult to read. The central idea—should I cast a 'spoiler alert' here?—is that the photograph must have a subjective point of interest (in that it strikes you: the 'punctum') that's different from all objective considerations (the 'studium') in order to be significant to the viewer. The interest of the photograph is determined by that 'punctum,' which can be absent from highly regarded photographs and yet exist in banal family snapshots. It can be just a detail, as long as it grabs your sensitivity.
"I liked reading it—but then again I'm a complicated European man with an intricate frame of mind. And Barthes' choice of photographs is quite interesting: the book features photographs by Richard Avedon, August Sander, Andre Kertesz and, of course, William Klein. Besides, it's not everyday we have the privilege to read a book written by a philosopher who was run over by a laundry van. How existentialist is that?"
Michael Carrithers: "I lapped up the post about One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which I saw at noontime in a cinema in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India, which only redoubled the sainted weirdness. And I just bought a Fujinon 80mm macro lens for X cameras through your link, so I’m doing what a guy can to keep the fires burning. All best to you and yours at this tensely celebrating time of year."
Roger Bradbury: "You would think indeed that the writer of a photography blog would know how to focus, but what on?
"Going off on a tangent is good for the blog; your readers never know quite what to expect next, and this keeps the blog interesting. Rather that than a diet of predictable posts that are all very similar. I come here because that's exactly what I don't get. In the interests of full disclosure, I must admit that you are not the only one round here who is easily distracted. :-) "