It is my last week at Greenville Public Library, my last week as a librarian, and my last week as the editor of Fourth & Sycamore. I’ve had a great two and a half years at GPL, and my time there has allowed me to see some dreams realized, such as starting and curating a classic film program. After this week, I’ll be a full-time writer.
I will continue to lead the Craft Beer Education Series at GPL as a paid speaker, and I’m also going to begin doing more professional beer tastings and classes in 2017. Keep an eye out for more info on this soon.
Speaking of beer, I’m only a couple weeks away from sitting for my Cicerone exam. Most of my free time right now is dedicated to studying and doing style comparisons in preparation for the test. I feel pretty confident most of the time, and shit terrified in between.
I had my first article published for Craftbeer.com this week. I wrote a feature on the excellent Dayton, Ohio, brewery Warped Wing Brewing Company. You can read the article here. Keep an eye out for more such articles soon.
I took a break from studying Monday night to read Daniel Barzutzky’s National Book Award-winning poetry collection The Performance of Becoming Human. Barzutzky’s absurdist approach to looking at immigration, refugees, and imperialist capitalism is both bewildering and, at points, revelatory.
Over the weekend, my wife and I watched some excellent movies. Nothing new, just some beloved favorites. We watched two from Ingmar Bergman–Wild Strawberries and Smiles of a Summer’s Night–and then pined for snow with Snow Falling on Cedars. Sunday night we got nostalgic with SLC Punk.
This week, I reviewed Heavy Creatures, a poetry zine by Milo Gallagher and Emma Post, and did a brief write-up about the use of close-ups in Rouben Mamoulian’s 1931 adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins.
Tomorrow, we’re planning to attend at gathering in Yellow Springs in protest of the ridiculous and inhumane measures being taken against immigrants and refugees. Keep breathing, and keep speaking up.
The title of this post is a quote from Smiles of a Summer’s Night.