Thoroughly Thursday - the "Father's Day" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Father's Day Edition. One of the more amusing parts of my life is that Father's Day is always celebrated a week after my birthday. I have mixed feeling about this predicament. On the one hand, I know my celebration and the cultural one will most likely be observed "together" (like having your birthday next to Christmas). But, the flip side is that I get TWO WEEKENDS out of having to do dishes or the laundry, and everyone in the house has to watch the movies I choose. Hah! Let the Harry Potter marathon commence!
What I'm Listening to - Old Punks Still Rock
Bad Religion was probably the background music to all your friends' skateboarding videos from high school. Formed in 1980, they are best known for their hit songs "Infected" and "Sorrow," and lead singer (and Cornell History Professor) Greg Graffin's unique vocal style. On the advice of TT-friend Tim, I checked out their latest album, Age of Unreason, which was excellent! They may be old pros at the business, but this new collection of modern protest songs shows that they have lost none of their edge as the "thinking man's punk rock band."
What I'm Reading - It Really Is as Good As You've Heard
Unless you live under a rock, you probably can't escape the rave reviews of Mary Laura Philpott's I Miss You When I Blink, a collection of essays on life, motherhood, parenting, and middle age. Initially suggested by the fantastic Smacksy (who knows EVERYONE), I put this on my someday list until this last week, and have had a tough time putting it down. Some writers just hook you from the first paragraph, and Philpott is one of them. Also, she has a great weekly-ish newsletter which may be nearly as good (but not quite) as Thoroughly Thursday.
What I've Been Doing for Work - Venturing into New Marketing
The LA Times recently printed an article on how brands are financing short documentaries as less-direct methods to reach potential consumers. As people's reading and viewing habits change (along with our ability to skip commercials), marketing tactics are evolving with them. If you are interested, my newly updated website has some additional resources on how combining film production and targeted digital campaigns can be hugely effective in driving revenue to companies. Check it out here.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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P.P.S. Ta-Nehisi Coates on why certain words don't belong to everyone.
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