Matt Waldman’s Reads Listens Views (November 16, 2018)

Matt Waldman’s Reads Listens Views is back and devoted to a short list of recommended reads, listens, and views for the week. 


If you’re new to the Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog, welcome.  Every Friday, I post links to pieces that I’ve found personally compelling or to content I hope will eventually scratch that itch when I get around to it.

You may not like everything listed here, but you’re bound to like something.


15 Pithy Kurt Vonnegut Quotes to Get You Through the End of 2018

Here’s a few to whet your appetite….

“There is no order in the world around us, we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead.” —Breakfast of Champions

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” —Player Piano

“There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too.” —Mother Night


Most of you knew Roy Clark from Hee-Haw or the Grand Ole Opry. I remember watching him on television back in the early and mid-70s in Cleveland Ohio, desperately wishing Hee-Haw to end sooner so I could watch professional wrestling.

Clark seemed friendly enough and his banjo playing was notably amazing — even to a kid like me who wasn’t even 10 years old — but the skits had no appeal. So I always knew Clark as a country act who used his music as a form of vaudeville…

Even with the humor of the piece, it’s impressive work. However, I never saw him perform something with gravity. This excerpt from the Odd Couple where Clark performs Spanish Classical guitar is like setting a rare diamond in the middle of a chain jeweler at a suburban mall.

Death sometimes gives us an opportunity to appreciate people in their fullest dimension. Sometimes it’s a person who passed; hopefully, it’s the people around who are still living.


Yahoi Kusama’s Inifity Mirrors exhibition at the Atlanta High Museum of Art. Photo by Jason Shablik.

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