July 12th, 2014


Mark Rothko - Red and Black (1968)

Quite hypnotic.

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July 12th, 2014


Wassily Kandinsky - Black Circle (1924)

Very circular.

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July 8th, 2014

"Proofs" for Runaway Empire

Over the last several months, Kevin Michael and I have been working diligently on fulfilling one of our Kickstarter promises, to make my latest novella Runaway Empire the first of my works to be available in print. Like so many things we’ve tackled over the last few years, it’s been a challenge to get exactly what we want.

After looking on several options (including Createspace and Lulu), we decided on Ingram Spark. They claimed to retain quality while also not allowing it to take every penny from our wallets. As with so many things in self-publishing, it’s a risk. But from what they pitched, this was a risk worth taking.

We ordered two proofs before allowing the book to be publicly available. Always check over your work. ALWAYS. You will always find a mistake. I can’t tell you the number of times I have had four or five people carefully look over work, only to look at the “final” copy and spot an error. Either way, the proofs arrived today.


I will admit, it was exhilarating to see something in print. I have enjoyed the luxuries and privileges of e-book publishing, but there is still a certain legitimacy in seeing words on paper. It’s probably the freshest book I’ve ever touched.

However, there are problems. The book cover is crooked, and they had a bit of an issue printing various shades of grey.

So we contacted Ingram Sparks with a revised design, and we will request that they are a bit more careful with the next round of books. Getting one book in a hundred that has a crooked book cover is expected and excusable. Getting one out of two? Come on, they can do better than that.

But overall, they did an excellent job. These are small problems. To anyone interested in self-publishing, I suggest you give them a look.

I can’t help but feel excited about the idea of getting this book out to people. I hope it succeeds, so that we can send more money to Sandy Hook Promise. It’s been one of the primary goals for this book from the outset. With a little more work and fortune, we should be in business.

July 6th, 2014
Pretty spot on.

Pretty spot on.

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July 1st, 2014


Claudia Cardinale listening to Ella Fitzgerald records, Rome, 1959.

(Source: people-vinyl)

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June 29th, 2014


Ford Times Magazine cover detail,  February 1956.  Artwork by Charley Harper.

I dig this.

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June 24th, 2014


Comandante, Oliver Stone’s intimate and controversial portrait of Fidel Castro premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2003. Beyond that screening, the film has never been released officially in the US. Thanks to The Playlist for the tip.

No stranger to controversy through films that have delved into American history and politics, often blurring the lines reality between and fiction, Oliver Stone’s little seen 2003 documentary Comandante was another one that stirred up debate. Called everything from an opportunity frustratingly squandered  to a backslapping love-in to something that Stone is bending… for his own personal interest, many believed that the filmmaker wasn’t able to make an objective documentary on the controversial Cuban leader. Well, now you can judge for yourself. Over on Vimeo (and we’d imagine it’s only a matter of time until it gets yanked), the entire film has been posted for your viewing pleasure. So now you can see how Stone and Castro interact, as the director tries to get El Caballo’s perspective on a number of topics. Vintage footage is mixed with handheld filming and in person interviews, with the 99-minute film (likely culled from hours of material) it’s the closest anyone from the West has gotten in one-on-one time with the revolutionary.

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