Troy’s Book Club: Americans We

March 3, 2018

AMERICANS WE, by Eugene Richards, is a powerful photo-book. I’ve enjoyed this book for many years, but my recent re-reading of it had a new level of impact. I went through the book slowly, with the woman I’ve been seeing, and we took turns reading the text out loud to each other. It really was an exceptional way to read a book.

Richards has been making powerful images for decades, and anyone who considers themselves a photographer or student of photography really needs to spend some time with this book. It’s goldang required reading.




Troy’s Book Club: Always Looking Up

March 3, 2018

Happened to find this book in my Mom and Dad’s coat closet, back around the holidays 2017. I needed a break from comics for a bit, and could use a bit of encouragement, too. Who >wouldn’t< want some encouragement from Alex P. Keaton? 🙂

This memoir, Michael J. Fox’s second, was about life after his Parkinson’s diagnosis, his leaving the sitcom, SPIN CITY, the beginnings of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and his efforts to start swaying politicians to understand the significance of stem cell research. Oh yeah, and he and his wife’s effort to raise their family while dealing with all the previously-mentioned.

It was a fun, interesting, convivial book. A nice, light read, and a good reminder that many of our perceived limits can be gotten through if we have the right motivations and keep trying to live a life of purpose and love.

There’s a whole lotta copies at MPL, so go check it out! 🙂 



day 3490/day 3491/day 3492/day 3493

March 3, 2018
So, not many haikus written in February, but still, I like them…
day 3493
walking down the street,
texting with one hand, a rose
held in the other
day 3492
sitting quietly
in the coffeeshop, hearing
the conversations
day 3491
overhead I heard
a deep, agressive rumble:
a passing snowplow
day 3490
middle of the night,
trying to breath too-dry air
with nose full of snot