Tuesday, August 25, 2009

© Allison V. Smith
Here's a cool article highlighting the biking craze that is cultural phenomenon in Dallas. The article highlights a few friends of mine in Dallas and is shot by the all-world photographer Allison V. Smith.

- Joel

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are

I'm very excited for Where The Wild Things Are, which hits theaters in October. Here is a behind the scenes look at the film.

- Joel

Monday, August 17, 2009

Brand New Radiohead

Radiohead released a new track today titled "These Are My Twisted Words". It is available for free download from the band's website here.

- Joel

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Robert Frank revisited

© Robert Frank
Last week I was reminded of the marvel that is Robert Frank's The Americans.

- Joel

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dead Man's Bones

Very creepy video. Very good music. I am officially a fan of Dead Man's Bones.

- Joel


Ryan Gosling & Bon Iver

A few interesting tracks I came across today.

First, actors Ryan Gosling (my favorite modern actor) and Zach Shields (never heard of him) collaborate musically in the form of Dead Man's Bones. Their debut album drops October 6. Download/listen to a track below. I really like it.

Second, Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) has a side project with fellow Wisconsinites Collections of Colonies of Bees called Volcano Choir. Hear/download a song from their upcoming release, due out September 22, below.


- Joel

Amy Bennett

© Amy Bennett
Amy Bennett. This work is from her series "At the Lake". For this series, Bennett created 3D scale models of lake landscapes and painted from the model. Interesting.

- Joel

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Death Comes For The Archbishop

I just finished reading a great classic novel: Death Comes For The Archbishop by Willa Cather. It chronicles Bishop Jean Latour, a Catholic missionary assigned to the New Mexico territory soon after its annexation into the United States. The novel picks up stories as Bishop Latour journeys across the rugged land ministering to Mexicans, Indians, and Americans alike.

I love the quote at the end of the book. Father Latour says, "I shall not die of a cold, my son. I shall die of having lived." I hope to do the same many years from now.

- Joel


I've been in a Western mood lately. Here are a few movies I've watched over the past few weeks. They may be a bit over the top, but classic Western films are so much fun.

- Joel

Hombre (1967) starring Paul Newman

Rio Bravo (1959) starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, and Ricky Nelson

The Magnificent Seven (1960) starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson