Sunday, April 19, 2009

Far From the Madding Crowd. . .

Far From the Madding Crowd

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. . .yet so close! The sidewalks of Fremont were absolutely packed yesterday afternoon with droves of enthusiastic people participating in the 8th Annual Fremont Troll Stroll, a neighborhood charity pub crawl that raised over $30,000 last year to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This gent was peacefully puffing his pipe in an out of the way alley nook mere feet away from the passing crowd, engrossed in his book. I hope your Sunday is this relaxing. So, what book have you gotten lost in recently?

22 comments:

brattcat said...

That book is so good he's hardly touched his drink. I just finished a wonderful little novel set in Vermont called All That I Have by Castle Freeman.

B Squared said...

Haven't read a good one in quite a while. Maybe I should try the one he is reading.

Shell Sherree said...

He is lost in another world, isn't he! I'm in the midst of JD Robb's Promises in Death. It's not deep & meaningful but it's been entertaining so far; just what I'm after right now. Hope you've been enjoying your Sunday too, Kim. Mine's nearly over. Zzz.

Small City Scenes said...

A true reader is one who gets immersed in a book and doesn't even know there is noise going on around him. I am reading T. Jefferson Parker mysteries fast and easy reading. Just finished Pacific Beat--now reading The Fallen. MB

Virginia said...

Good one today KIm. Bravo to the gent who can concentrate like that!! I have Paris Magnum at Snapper's recommendation. One tiny problem, it's all in French! I have enjoyed the photographs of all those wonderful photographers immensely however.
Have a great Sunday.
V

That is the chicken said...

Nice capture!
I'm lost in Attu Attu by Thor Heyerdahl.. it's one of the original archaeological expeditions to Easter Island back in the 1950's. I found the book in a free-store on a West Coast island not so very far from Seattle.

Dusty Lens said...

somedays we need to sit down and relax outdoors. I am currently browsing through my Lidia Bastanovich cookbook.

cieldequimper said...

Wonderful, serene shot. Funny you should ask, I'm about to post what I've been reading during my holiday!

Clueless in Boston said...

I'm reading a novel by Richard Price called Lush Life. Fascinating and riveting, but I have to finish it and get it back to the library, I think it was due yesterday.

Bob Crowe said...

I think it would be a good idea to set up some tables, chairs and a bar right around the Troll on summer evenings (the neighbors not withstanding).

I just read Bear v. Shark: The Novel by Chris Bachelder (http://www.amazon.com/Bear-v-Shark-Chris-Bachelder/dp/0743219473/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240193036&sr=8-2). Weird and fascinating.

Bibi said...

So sorry not to be in Seattle for the Troll Stroll or the upcoming Solstice Festival. Love this photo.

Being a teacher, I often come into contact with young adult novels, and am currently reading Stephenie Meyers' 'Twilight'. Takes place in Forks....

Tash said...

Wouldn't it be great if he was reading "Far from the Madding Crowd"? What a wonderful capture!
I just started "The Beginning of Spring" by Penelope Fitzgerald & am enjoying it. BTW - I've started a new (no comment) blog Bks-Bks-Bks.blogspot.com just so I'd remember what I've enjoyed reading or listening to. Life of Pi read by Jeff Woodman was absolutely amazing.

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing your recent good books (and blog articles/new blogs). I'm looking for a fiction series for the summer months and will probably choose a classic mystery or spy series. Right now I am finishing Carl Larsson's autobiography. I tend to read a lot of non-fiction and would like to get lost in a good page turner soon.
-Kim

Kate said...

Love the concentration on this reader's face and stance. Great capture. Right now I'm reading a non-fiction book on the lawless Sierra Madre areas, _God's Middle Finger_ (a rather provocative title). I recently found the mystery novels of Donna Leon and loved them since, like you I usually read non-fiction. Leon's books are murder mysteries, all taking place in Venice. Author is an American who has lived and taught in many countries, esp. Italy. Has a major protagonist who is the focal point and has lots of info on food! Fun reads!!

Marie-Noyale said...

This guy knows where to hide!!
I am re-reading a book I enjoyed very much a few years back by John Irving
"The Cider House rules".

Anonymous said...

The book is "Made to be Broken". A paperback thriller.

I generally prefer Peet's, a few steps away. Much sunnier, and the tables are not shaky.

And, yes, that's me in the photo.

Kim said...

Well, hello, Anon! Thanks for checking in, and I'm glad you found your image on SDP. SDP visitors found you to be inspirational. We also prefer Peet's and that used to be the only location in town. Now there's one closer to home so I don't wander in there as much of late, plus our family had given up its frequent Coldstone runs (two of our fave ice cream places closed in the last couple years, so we would end up there by default.

Thanks for letting people know your book title. I actually had taken a close look at the image and checked the title out on Amazon.com for possible reading list entry. Best,
-Kim

Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity, aren't you supposed to get a model-release or a similar permission before you publish my picture?

And on a different note: do you know if it is possible to fit MD mount lenses on any digital SLR? I know pentax does it with K-mounts.

Kim said...

Hello again Anon,
I'm happy to remove the photo if you would like. No releases or permissions are required of photographers shooting from streets, sidewalks, and public places. If this blog were commercial in nature or I had intentions of selling your image, then certainly I would fee morally obligated to ask permission rather than shoot a candid. At times when an isolated person or grouping of people is the point of interest for a shot and I am so close that I cannot take the shot without drawing attention to myself or being rude I might introduce myself and ask if the person minds my taking their photo. In your case we were literally walking past you when I caught a whiff of your pipe tobacco. I glanced right to see you seated there and turned toward you just long enough to snap this, then moved on quickly with my entourage without disturbing you. I genuinely love people and don't post anything that would intentionally show identifiable people in a bad light. I've not received a removal request in the three years of posting to SDP, but I sure understand if someone would rather not have a photo on a public blog, so just let me know.
-Kim

Kim said...

Oh, PS, re. your lens question: there are adapters for nearly any lens mount these days with so many people switching to digital after collecting lenses for their SLRs over the years. I would check first at your lens manufacturer's website to see if they offer one, then check for possible third party makers.
-K.

Tash said...

I enjoyed the exchange btw you and Anon. Terrific that he is a follower.

Anonymous pipesmoking reader said...

No problem with the picture, just curious.

I will keep looking for adapters, and my crate of increasingly obsolete equipment. I don't know which is harder to find :)