Jen, Winston, and I all live in Fayetteville in the house I imagine you all have read about. Fayetteville is a great town – it’s a college town, and has the feel that we really like. People are friendly and have a different mindset than that of other towns in northwest Arkansas. The downside of this is that I have to commute into work. Now, if this were a nice commute (think light rail/subway) I don’t think I would complain too much. But this being the south with an intense aversion to almost all forms of public transit, I must drive to work.
For a long while, I just listened to NPR on my way into work – but that is usually very depressing with all the news coming in about Syria, et cetera. Not that it isn’t important – I just would like to start my day on a positive note. I recently downloaded Apple’s free podcasts app onto my iPhone, and have started listening to podcasts on my way into work in the mornings through the car stereo. It’s a nice way to listen to either things I am already interested in, or things I am curious about. Here’s a couple of my favorites thus far:
- Modern Art Notes with Robert Adams – I really first got into the work of Robert Adams (after ignoring his work for years, as it was next to Ansel Adams’) when Jen got a copy of his great book Summer Nights, Walking. Adams is a great thinker about photography, and how the idea and reality of the American West has changed over time.
- Interview with Jodi Utter – I worked some with Jodi while I was at the Carter, she;s super sharp and passionate about her job. Also, I love hearing conservators talk about their work – it is absolutely fascinating.
On my way home, I usually will listen to NPR, or will listen to some music from the iPod. I am really excited to listen to some Bach performed by Christian Tetzlaff after reading this fascinating article in the New Yorker yesterday.