The litter in littérateur. Ricky Opaterny on Books, Music, Art, and Sports


Sky Ferreira at Rickshaw Stop

Filed under: Fashion,Music,Photography — Tags: — Ricky @ 11:10 pm

I went to see Sky Ferreira play at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on Tuesday night. What a set she played! Here are some of the photos I took.

Lori Spooner is a culinary genius

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , — Ricky @ 10:43 pm

My friend Lori threw a party this past weekend, and she did some cooking. Here are the results.


Karlie Kloss in Paris

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Lil Buck and his crew at TED 2013

Filed under: Photography — Ricky @ 10:44 pm

If you haven’t heard of Lil Buck, read this. I photographed him and his crew outside our hotel last week during the TED conference in Long Beach.

Joshua Prager at TED

Filed under: Books,General,Photography — Tags: , , — Ricky @ 10:33 pm

I was in Long Beach last week to see my good friend Joshua Prager give a riveting talk, related to his book Half-Life, at the TED conference. Above you can see the talk that he gave at the TED talent search in New York last fall. Below are a few of the photos I took of Josh at TED on Friday.


Tiffany Hsu before Rick Owens S/S 2013

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , , , , , — Ricky @ 8:43 am


Carine Roitfeld

Filed under: Photography — Ricky @ 11:15 pm

Carine on rue de Lappe in Paris during fashion week, September 2012.
Leica M8 + 35mm Summilux-M


Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent Introduction Video

Filed under: General — Ricky @ 12:04 am


Filed under: General — Ricky @ 3:46 am

Memory, like love, is an act of imagination, an abandonment and a possession.

Testing Tumblr

Filed under: Photography — Ricky @ 3:44 am

This month, I’m shooting a lot of film as a project and won’t be able to post much. I will, however, be posting now and then to my Tumblr at


Filed under: General — Ricky @ 9:02 pm

When I go home, I don’t start a second life—it’s more of the same. There are no Saturdays or Sundays.

I love this video

Filed under: General — Ricky @ 6:57 pm


Jonathan Franzen: e-books are damaging society – Telegraph

Filed under: General — Ricky @ 1:24 pm

The technology I like is the American paperback edition of Freedom. I can spill water on it and it would still work! So it’s pretty good technology. And what’s more, it will work great 10 years from now. So no wonder the capitalists hate it. It’s a bad business model.


(via The McSweeney’s Store – How to Beard Yourself Like Brian Wilson poster)

Filed under: General — Ricky @ 4:59 pm

(via The McSweeney’s Store – How to Beard Yourself Like Brian Wilson poster)


Courage and criticism

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — Ricky @ 10:29 pm

Courage is not a virtue frequently associated with the criticism beat, but it lies near the heart of [Pauline] Kael’s achievement—not because she was unsqueamish about praising and slamming movies (though she was) but because, from the time she wrote her first review until the moment she retired, in 1991, her authority as a critic relied solely on her own, occasionally whimsical taste.

Pauline Kael, Film Critic, Contrarian : The New Yorker


Gertrude Stein

Filed under: General — Ricky @ 6:12 pm

No one is ahead of his time.


Visualizing President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union

Filed under: General — Ricky @ 8:56 pm

Here is the speech’s full text, and here is a Wordle.


Charlie Brown by Loud Crow

Filed under: Technology — Ricky @ 2:37 pm


The Charlie Brown Christmas app from Loud Crow is the best thing I’ve seen on the iPad in a while. It’s surprising, beautiful, and absolutely delightful for what it is. Along with Aweditorium, it’s one of the few apps that makes a tablet feel like a special device and not simply a repackaged version of the PC.


Real books are physical objects

Filed under: Books — Tags: — Ricky @ 3:29 pm

The reproduction has been done painstakingly, and conjures up an almost tactile sense of the handmade original. A mourner is always searching for traces of the lost one, and traces of that scrapbook’s physicality—bits of handwriting, stamps, stains—add testimonial force: this person existed.
The poet Anne Carson’s “Nox,” review : The New Yorker


The sketchbook of Susan Kare

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , — Ricky @ 10:44 pm

Kare’s first assignment was developing fonts for the Mac OS. At the time, digital typefaces were monospaced, meaning that both a narrow I and a broad M were wedged into the same bitmapped real estate — a vestigial legacy of the way that a typewriter platen advances, one space at a time.

The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face

The lost interview

Filed under: General,Technology — Tags: , , , , — Ricky @ 10:30 pm

I went to the theater to see this lost interview with Steve Jobs from 1995 that was originally shot for Triumph of the Nerds and came away from it inspired. Because what other executive in Silicon Valley would ever cite Picasso and Thoreau? And that he did makes me believe that, perhaps, there’s a place in the Valley for someone like me.
EXCLUSIVE: Steve Jobs ‘The Lost Interview’ Teaser – YouTube

How can I find more videos like this one?

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , , — Ricky @ 7:23 pm

Weile. By Thomas Schweigert from Leica Camera on Vimeo.

Erin McKeown and the problem with streaming music

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Ricky @ 12:16 am

To make the monthly minimum wage of $1,160, a musician needed to sell 143 self-pressed compact discs. To make that from Spotify, they would need people to stream their songs more than 4 million times — not humanly possible unless you happen to be Lady Gaga.

Is my passion for Spotify destroying the musicians I love? – San Jose Mercury News


The old Banana Republic store facade

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Ricky @ 1:39 pm

One of my favorite things about going to Stanford Shopping Center when I was a kid was seeing the old Banana Republic store.
Store info and other Republic Business | Abandoned Republic


A few photos from the Occupy movement

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , , , , — Ricky @ 8:16 pm

Taken with my Leica M8 and 40mm Leica Summicron-C. I’ll be adding more photos soon.

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