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Sunday, November 29, 2015

More George Orwell Essays

Earlier this year, I read an excellent anthology of essays by the legendary writer George Orwell. The title of the anthology that I read was: Books Vs. Cigarettes. The collection contained Orwell's thoughts on literature, is there such of thing as having too many books, and second hand bookstores. It was my first time reading his essays, and I must say I really enjoyed it. Though I didn't always agree with his conclusions, I loved reading his logic behind his conclusions, and the volume got me thinking on a great many things.

So I while I was Christmas shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend, I found another volume of Orwell's essay writing entitled: All Art is Propaganda. It is a larger anthology of his essay writing, and it appears to cover a wide range of topics. But the item that really caught my attention was the cover. I love cover artwork. It's really an eye grabbing, and it aided me in my decision to buy the volume. So for now at least, Orwell is correct. Art is Propaganda. Art is what made me buy his critical essay, or what some may say, his propaganda. A little self fulfilling maybe...

I cannot wait to start reading it. 

Falling Behind On Blogging

I have once again fallen a little behind on my blogging as of late. Work and teaching have been quite the time consumer. Although I am very pleased to have been able to launch my podcast series this past month. That was something I've been meaning to do for awhile, and it feels good to be able to do it. Honestly, I feel like I've been experiencing a little bit of writers block when trying to come up with a topics to write about.

Luckily, since it is the end of the year, I'll be able to write my annual favorite records of the year posting. So there's one topic at least. What I should really do, is have a brainstorming session, and try to plan out my blogs over a period of time. Sometimes when I organize myself like that, I'm able to over come my writers block.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Pilot Episode

Yesterday was the day. Yesterday I posted the first episode of my new podcast series entitled: "The Looking Glass". I'm really excited about this podcast. It's primary focus is personal interests and how individuals get into them.

The first episode, which is embedded below, explores the magic of Harry Houdini. My second episode, which I hope to finish in the next few days, will focus on how an individual found Nirvana.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Almost Done With My New Podcast Series

I think I'm almost done with the first episode of my new podcast series. It's called The Looking Glass, and it examines how individuals got into their hobbies and interests. The first episode is on magic and Harry Houdini.

it took me a while to find the right tone for the narration, and music. I think I found both. For narration, I was aiming for a very casual feel. For music, I wanted a lighthearted, almost dreamsical feel. Like how people see their hobbies in a very surreal way.

Just a few more finishing touches, I'll be ready to share it.