The One about Penelope Lagos’ book, “I Miss My Best Friend”

Back in 2011, I had the opportunity to interview actress Penelope Lagos about a film that she starred in and also discuss her career as an actress and a model. In 2017, I am interviewing Penelope once again, but not as an actress or model, but this time as a writer. Penelope has written and published her first children’s book titled “I Miss My Best Friend”, featuring illustrations by Sophie […]

The One about Vivienne Gucwa’s “NY in the Snow” Photo Book

As a traveler who loves to visit locations in different seasons and as a photographer who loves to capture city life, one thing that I have not yet experienced is snow in New York or the East Coast. Often wanting to experience it through the photos and videos that my friends on Facebook post during a Noreaster or some snowstorm that they have experienced or hearing tales of my wife […]

The One about the Lonely Planet Make My Day San Francisco Guidebook

For anyone looking for a non-verbose or thick travel guide, the Lonely Planet “Make My Dag” travel booklets are the way to go. A thin booklet, the “Make My Day” booklets allow one to flip between three sections: Morning, Afternoon, Evening So, if in San Francisco, if you don’t want to go to Fisherman’s wharf, flip the Morning section to decide between Golden Gate Park, Alamo Square Park, Lombard Street, […]

The One about Dustin Diaz’ “This Is Strobist Info: Your Setup Guide to Flash Photography”

NOTE: This review was originally published back in 2012 A few years ago, I became very interested in Strobist techniques, primarily the use of off camera flash, the importance of lighting and learning on various positioning, the equipment used by other photographers and trying to learn as much as I can from them. There is no denying that among the best resources out there for those wanting to learn Strobist […]

The One about “The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink”

As a cinema fan of films created in the Weimar Republic, I was interested in learning about the renown poet Bertolt Brecht and the avant-garde composer Kurt Weill. I was very interested in the book as it delved into the relationship between Elisabeth Hauptmann, a German writer who worked with Brecht as a co-author of “The Threepenny Opera” and worked with both men. But also his relationship with actress Helene […]

The One about “Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel”

William “Wild Bill” Wellman, the award-winning filmmaker who has directed fantastic films four four decades starting in the silent era such as the 1927 film “Wings”, hit films in the ’30s such as “The Public Enemy”, “Nothing Sacred”, “Beau Geste”, “A Star is Born”. Continued even stronger in the ’40s with films such as “The Ox-Bow Incident”, “Story of G.I. Joe”, “Battleground” and continued on through the ’50s with “The […]

The One about Reyne Haines’ “Vintage Wristwatches”

(Originally Reviewed back on January 6, 2011) Are you a watch fanatic (or the term which many tend to use now these days – WIS – Watch Idiot Savant)?  Are you into vintage wristwatches? What best than to learn from Reyne Haines, an appraiser, dealer and watch collector who has been called upon to appraise collectibles ranging from antique watches to $20 million dollar paintings.  Haines also spent years moderating […]