Reading this week

Hingham High School graduation.

This week was filled with end-of-year activities, prom, and graduation.

Here are some links that made me think:

The Chicago Sun-Times fired its photographers. As a journalist and a friend to a number of photojournalists, this makes me sad and makes me shudder. The best photojournalists I know have a gift for capturing humanity. That trained perspective will surely be lost when an accompanying photo is an iPhone afterthought.

Speaking of photography … as someone whose event photos have been compromised by multiple “photographers,” I found this to be dead on and kind of sad. Let’s all try to be more courteous and let event photographers do their job. And to take it a step further, sometimes it’s more fun to just live the experience and put the phone away.

Texas Monthly barbecue critic Daniel Vaughn talks brisket grade and pricing.

The Glass Castle was a fascinating memoir and this profile of Jeanette Walls is equally interesting and disturbing.

I follow Rachel Sklar on twitter. She seems smart and savvy and this profile confirms it. The headline is incorrect, though… she’s not trying, she pretty much IS a social media entrepreneur.

The media landscape has changed for all of us in the restaurant biz and nowhere more so than New York City. The feverish quest for online coverage is exhausting.

The Worst End of School Year Mom Ever confessional took the internet world by storm and had mothers and teachers alike howling with laughter and nodding in agreement.

My daddy taught me long ago that “first-class people associate with first-class people.” “I don’t shine if you don’t shine” and “People know you by the company you keep,” are two gems from this article:  Why powerful women make the best friends.

Frank Bruni on why siblings are a gift. So good.

2 Responses to “Reading this week”

  1. I thought the Chicago Sun’s decision is extremely short sited. The story a true photo journalist captures vs snapshots that someone takes who happens to be there are two entirely different things. A snap shot MIGHT show you what happened. A photojournalist can make you feel like it felt to be there. The simple shot of an exhausted fireman sitting on a curb, smudged in ash. The look on the faces of the teachers emerging from the school in Moore.

    The wedding article reminded me of something a singer did recently. She opened the show and said that she was going to perform one song and for everyone to take all the pictures that they wanted. But after that song EVERYONE had to put away their phones/cameras for the rest of the show. Smart move I think. Every picture I have seen of concerts in the past few years is a sea of LCD screens being held in the air.


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