Category Archives: Art and Literature

100 Favorite Books

Wanna Read a Book? I made a list of 100 favorite books out of many that I have read over the years, pick any to read, they are timeless, perhaps the greatest books ever written, in my opinion. Arranged by … Continue reading

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On Design: Room Design

“I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. When visitors came in larger and unexpected numbers there was but the third chair for them all, but they generally economized the room by … Continue reading

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On Design: Book Covers

“Beauty: the adjustment of all parts proportionately so that one cannot add or subtract or change without impairing the harmony of the whole.” “On Painting” by Leon Battista Alberti Two years ago, I decided to design my own personal covers … Continue reading

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The Films of Aleksei German

A while ago, Aleksei German passed away from kidney failure in a hospital in Saint-Peterberg, for the past seven years, he was working on his unfinished masterpiece, History of the Arkanar Massacre aka Hard to Be a God, based on … Continue reading

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The Most Beautiful: Expression in Time

Ah, the face, the expression of the face is a beautiful thing, captured in time, it is the most beautiful thing in the universe. You may say, what is expression of the face captured in time? It is those little … Continue reading

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To Each a Season

As the Seasons change, so does my taste in reading, a taste that I developed from the early days of my boyhood, as I would lock myself in Winter to read and in Summer to be outdoor, observe. Nowadays when … Continue reading

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One World at a Time

It has been reported of Thoreau, when he lay dying, his answer to all the talk of hereafter was , “one world at a time”, it is quote that equally could apply to Leo Tolstoy, when it comes to his … Continue reading

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The Cinema of Nicholas Ray

After watching Nicholas Ray’s Bitter Victory in 1958, a young French critic by the name of Jean-Luc Godard was moved so much by the film, that he declared; “There was theater (Griffith), poetry (Murnau), painting (Rossellini), dance (Eisenstein), music (Renoir). … Continue reading

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Chris Marker (1921-2012): Let the Image Speak

Here is to Chris Marker, another giant of French New Wave, who left us on the day of his birthday 😦 Here is to my first encounter with his cinema, to La Jetee (1962), “the story of a man who … Continue reading

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Saul Bass: Vertigo in Design

I wrote the following essay for my Graphic Design class at Watkins.  Saul Bass, the man who designed some of my favorite titles for films, was born on May 8, 1920 in New York City, he studied at the Art Student’s … Continue reading

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