Sunday, July 28, 2013

Summer Vacation 2013

Visiting the Field Museum of
Natural History with a friend.

Of the ten essay series published here so far…

Six have been on favorite movies:
            Der Golem (1920)
            Blackmail (1929)
            King Kong (1933)
            Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century (1953)
            Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
            Sansho the Bailiff (1954)

Three have been on literature:
            O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
            The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel
            “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Christina Rossetti

One has been on graphic art:

The essays have used these jumping-off places to explore religion, science, and history.  Even when they may not appear to be intensely personal, they are.

Visitation to 21 Essays is slow but steady.  Old posts on King Kong and Chuck Jones are more popular than new ones on Abraham Joshua Heschel and Kenji Mizoguchi, but that’s not a surprise.  Frankly, it would be a surprise to see Kenji Mizoguchi go viral.  I suspect that the series on The Sabbath and Sansho the Bailiff will continue to steadily attract readers, just like the old series on Christina Rossetti’s “In the Bleak Midwinter” continues to draw the occasional viewer (perhaps even getting a spike of attention come Christmas).

There’s a rumor that a new “For the Love of Film” blogathon may be looming.  If so, I hope to participate with an appropriate series.  If not, I probably won’t be doing a major series again until October.

In the meantime, I hope to post sporadically, while enjoying a little break.  Doing a series is the equivalent of taking a college course—and I’m trying hard to consistently publish “A” level work on the blog while maintaining a full-time regular job and a healthy family life.

Pleased as I am with the series themselves, I’m still looking for a better framework for them.  I switched to an emphasis on arbitrarily chosen years in January, but that approach has been too confining to make me happy.  I’ll continue to tinker.

Happy Summer!

© 2013 Lee Price

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