Recommended reading / viewing / listening

Rereading Capote … The best way to enjoy an open relationship … The greatest dinosaurs ever … The fascinating octopus … The reality of al Qaeda.

Most of these great items come from my Twitter feed or Facebook news feed. Follow me on Twitter and on Facebook for more fascinating videos, articles, essays and criticism. Read past recommendations from this series here.

1. Where’s the Octopus?
Science Friday :: NPR | August 2011
“When marine biologist Roger Hanlon captured the first scene in this video he started screaming.”

2. University to uncover cistern below campus
By Tuba Parlak | Hurriyet Daily News | Aug. 3
“Kadir Has University is waiting for municipal consent to start restoration and conservation of the Cibali Cistern under its campus by the Golden Horn. University Rector Mustafa Aydın says the historical structure will serve as another story for the Rezan Has Museum that sits on its upper floor.”

3. Afghanistan: Does the uniform make the soldier?
By Ben Brody | Dispatches :: GlobalPost | Aug. 4
“U.S. soldiers regularly get into trouble for the state of their uniforms.”

4. Where Are Chile Miners Now?
Associated Press | Aug. 4
“Nearly half the men have been unemployed since their mine collapsed one year ago tomorrow, and just one, the flamboyant Mario Sepulveda, has managed to live well off the fame.”

5. Move It! How to Exercise When You’re Depressed
By Suzanne Phillips | Live Science | Aug. 4
“Forget comparing yourself with the neighbor who jogs – start with a simple plan of moving, do it on your time and tie it to something you love.”

6. 10 Greatest Dinosaurs of All Time
By Jennifer Horton | | August 2011
“From the doorknob-turning, toe-tapping velociraptors in ‘Jurassic Park’ to the menacing Sharptooth and stubborn Cera in the ‘The Land Before Time,’ never before has a species inspired such imagination as the dinosaur. But there’s much more to these creatures than what you’ll find in the movies.”

7. The Truth About al Qaeda
By John Muellar | Foreign Affairs | Aug. 2
“Whatever al Qaeda’s threatening rhetoric and occasional nuclear fantasies, its potential as a menace, particularly as an atomic one, has been much inflated.”

8. Rereading: Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood
By Rupert Thomson | The Guardian | Aug. 5
“Truman Capote’s forensic account of real-life murder in Kansas remains as unsettling as ever. It almost killed the author and he never wrote anything to compete thereafter.”

9. The Consultant in an Open Relationship Who Has Sex Nearly Twice a Day
Daily Intel :: New York Magazine | July 18
“Once a week, Daily Intel takes a peek behind doors left slightly ajar. This week, the Consultant in an Open Relationship Who Has Sex Nearly Twice a Day: male, consultant, Williamsburg, 40-something, heteroflexible, in a nonmonogamous relationship.”

10. Montserrat volcano
Witness :: BBC News | June 24
“Fourteen years ago the Soufriere Hills volcano erupted on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. Much of the south of the island was covered with ash and 19 people died.”


Tonight I’m spending some time with the blues, specifically with the Texas Blues Café. Check out the line-up and then listen here.

1. Wes Jeans — Don’t Be Hip
2. Tommy Castro — This Soul Is Mine
3. Rollin Phattys — Black Bear River
4. The Bois D’ Arcs — The Day
5. Van Wilks — Steletto Blues
6. Clay McClinton — One Of Those Guys
7. Los Lonely Boys — Sisco Kid
8. Buck 69 — Sweet Spot
9. Tishamingo — Whisky State Of Mind
10. Rob Darien — Rebel Ass
11. Paul Thorn — Ain’t Gonna Beg
12. Sean Castello — Same Old Game
13. The Midnight Flyers — Down Low
14. Creed Williams — Finally Down

Author: Fernando Ortiz Jr.

Handsome gentleman scholar, Civil War historian, unpretentious intellectual, world traveler, successful writer.

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