Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews

“Of Men And War”

The above photo was taken on August 22nd 2010 at Domaine Chandon in Yountville, California. I was celebrating my 44th birthday with some champagne, a lovely meal of local fresh vegetables and cheese, the New York Times, and pleasant conversation with my girlfriend. Unbeknownst to me, at the same time less than half of a [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:25+00:00 April 3rd, 2015|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Of Men And War”

“An Honest Liar”

This is what it means to be an honest liar: it's the difference between using deception to conceal the truth and using deception to reveal the truth. ~ Jamy Ian Swiss On the first morning of my Esalen mindfulness retreats, in order to demonstrate the inaccuracy of perception and fallibility of the human mind, I [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:25+00:00 February 23rd, 2015|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “An Honest Liar”

“Money: Master The Game”

On page 27 of the best-selling book "Money: Master the Game," Tony Robbins writes that "As I was writing this book, Congress slashed $8.7 billion from the food stamp budget. I witnessed firsthand the devastating impact this had on the volunteers and nonprofit organizations that work in the fight against hunger. That's why I put [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:26+00:00 December 24th, 2014|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Money: Master The Game”

“Monk With A Camera”

"Monk With A Camera" chronicles Nicholas Vreeland's astonishing journey from privileged playboy to revered monk to acclaimed artist and philanthropist. Nicholas Vreeland's grandmother was the legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, who procured Nicky a plum apprenticeship with photographer Irving Penn when Nicky was 15. Having a father as a diplomat meant that Nicky lived in [...]

2015-08-28T22:14:26+00:00 December 15th, 2014|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Monk With A Camera”

“Birdman”

There is no female Mozart because there is no female Jack the Ripper. ~ Camille Paglia ...for man is, if I may say so, "the sterile animal." ~ Nietzsche Alejandro Iñárritu's "Birdman" is a ballet cum emotional and visual rollercoaster. If you enjoy sitting at the edge of your seat with your mouth agape watching [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:26+00:00 October 20th, 2014|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Birdman”

“Lililand”

The medium is the message. ~ Marshall McLuhan I was in my neighborhood post office in Paris in 1993 when I noticed a beautiful woman standing in front of me wearing black jeans, a black turtleneck, and long black coat. I looked over her shoulder and saw that she was mailing a letter to New [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:26+00:00 September 26th, 2014|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Lililand”

“Aware Awake Alive”

When we mistakenly think that pleasure innately resides in an experience, object, or person, we desire more of it. We grasp at it, crave it, and develop attachment and in certain instances an addiction to it. From this comes all of the afflictive and disturbing emotions that result in mental distress and suffering. ~ Eliot [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:26+00:00 August 13th, 2014|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Aware Awake Alive”

Lorde and Hiromi in Concert

You don't want to hurt me, But see how deep the bullet lies. Unaware I'm tearing you asunder. There is thunder in our hearts. Is there so much hate for the ones we love? Tell me, we both matter, don't we? Kate Bush, "Running Up That Hill" When I first read about Lorde on October [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:27+00:00 April 30th, 2014|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on Lorde and Hiromi in Concert

“Tim’s Vermeer”

Even before Michael Moore appeared on the scene with "Roger and Me," the documentary genre had been corrupted. Most of the documentaries I have seen since "Hoop Dreams" have been some form of propaganda where the filmmaker has an obvious agenda and circumstances "serendipitously" manifest or are edited together to make anyone opposed to the [...]

2015-08-28T22:14:27+00:00 March 10th, 2014|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Tim’s Vermeer”