The One about Lonely Planet Ireland

I have had the opportunity to review a good number of travel guides over the years but this is the first time I will be reviewing Lonely Planet’s Ireland travel guide. For those not familiar with Lonely Planet, for the last few years it was owned by BBC Worldwide until it was sold to NC2 Media in 2013. The Lonely Planet Ireland guide is over 700 pages of information of […]

The One about Joan Didion

Quite often I get into these conversations with a few writers about prose. And over the years, I have been asked if I have read Joan Didion’s “Slouching Towards Bethlehem”, ad infinitum. A few years ago, Didion was promoting her play “The Year of Magical Thinking” and decided, that I would finally take the time to read “Slouching Towards Bethlehem”. For those who are not familiar with Joan Didion, she […]

The One about Andrea Marks’ “Fukami: Purity of Form”

I have been fortunate to have met Fukami Sueharu and one book that I treasure (and was thrilled to have him sign) was a copy of “Fukami: Purity of Form” written by Andrea Marks (and also including essays from other associates who are well-versed in the work of Fukami). For anyone who has never seen the work of Fukami, the one thing that will amaze you is how some of […]

The One about Stephen R. Covey

In life, everyone encounters personal and professional problems. I was in my late teens and as much enthusiasm that I had in life and wanting to make the best of it, my life hit a speed bump after the death of my grandmother. Needless to say, I was out of it for awhile, until a group of friends, professionals who were concerned because I lost my energy, my drive, stepped […]

The One about Serena Slocum

Today I am once again watching my favorite Whit Stillman film, “Metropolitan”. The film is enjoyable, hilarious and intellectually stimulating! So, many like-minded people love this film so much that we can’t help but share our favorite moments and many quotes on the Facebook group “Urban Haute Bourgeoisie”. Also, on my desk is a fun book I want to plug by Nick Kolakowski titled “How to Become an Intellectual: 100 […]

The One about New Yorker’s “On the Money: The Economy in Cartoons, 1925-2009”

(Originally Reviewed back in October 17, 2009) The New Yorker magazine has always been a source for well-written articles for over 80 years and but also, the publication has also been a great source to find the latest cartoons on various situations happening in American culture.  May it be politics, religions and also the economy. From the economy starting out in 1925 and the Great Depression of 1929 to the […]

The One about Rob Tannebaum and Craig Marks’ “I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution: Revised with New Interviews”

(Originally Reviewed on October 9, 2012) I was one of those young kids who grew up with MTV. I can easily remember those days of watching Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video during the premiere, multiple times throughout the day. I can easily remember watching Duran Duran’s “Planet Earth” and “Girls on Film” and just amazed of how cool they look and wanted to dress like them. Seeing David Bowie’s “Let’s […]

The One about Brian Smith’s “Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous”

(Originally reviewed on October 8, 2012) Are you a photographer who has looked at an issue of Newsweek, Time Magazine, GQ, Vogue and other major publications and wondered, how did this photographer capture this moment? Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith has been a person who has had his photos of celebrities, business executives and major athletes grace the cover and also featured in major publications and with his […]