September 2, 2022

From Gerald R. Lucas

September Already!

Wait, August just started! I read something disturbing the other day: once you reach 40, you blink and then you’re 60. Well, my 53rd birthday was a couple of weeks ago, so just seven more years for me. My forties are a blur. Crap. The good news is that I have a month until my week-long motorcycle trip, then it’ll be Thanksgiving.

Henry’s seventh birthday is tomorrow. Dad used to write me a poem for my birthdays, and I feel like I should be doing something equally creative for Henry. How do you write a poem? asks the English professor.

I spent much of this week grading. I know that this is the idea when our classes are packed. I am making progress on our two book projects: Reflections is almost finished. We’re awaiting bios from the contributors, then it’s off to the printer. Lipton’s has more to do: the index will take a bit longer to finish. I found over-fifty entries just in the introduction, and we’re only doing names and titles. I see creating an idea is a bit more challenging than I thought, especially doing a thematic one.

Oh, and thanks to Giles for making a new landing-page image for I think it looks great, though I should probably change the color of the menu bar to something more matchy. And speaking of the Norman Mailer Society, we posted our call for papers for the 2023 conference.

Today’s photo is of a lovely butterfly I caught pollenating our flowers. I’ve been thinking about buying a Leica M8 as a walk around camera for bright days. If I do, I need to start using my cameras again. Speaking of photography, I added an entry for April 20, 2022 that features a solid medium-format photo.

Leica Camera and Lens Information
📷: Leica M8 (09/2022–) • Leica M (Typ 262) (01/2017–12/2020) • Leica SL (Typ 601) (12/2020–). Leica Lenses: Leica Summicron-M 2/50 (Typ IV)Leica Summicron-M 2/35mm ASPH (Typ V). Other Lenses: Asahi Super-Takumar 1.4/50 8-ElementAsahi Super-Takumar 1.8/55Asahi Super-Takumar 2.5/135Canon 1.4/50 LTM Helios 44m-4 2/58Industar 61 2.8/55Jupiter-8 2/50Jupiter-9 2/85Konica Hexinon AR 1.8/40Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 2.8/100Olympus Zuiko 2.8/24Olympus Zuiko 2.8/28Olympus Zuiko 1.8/50Olympus Zuiko 2/85Vivitar 2.8/28 • Voigtländer Nokton Classic 1.4/40 MC • Voigtländer Ultron 1.8/21Voigtländer Ultron 2/28. Processed with Capture One Pro.