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"On to the
Next One" by
Jacqueline Van Bierk
"I See You
Tiger" by Via Tania
Plot" by Amoureux"
Black Soul" by The Lovers
"These Halls I Dwell"
by Michael Butler
Tom Russell & Gretchen Peters, performance by Gretchen
Peters and Barry Walsh;
"Who Do You
Love?"by Elizabeth Kay;
Leather Tassels" by
The Blank Tapes;
"We Are All Stone" and "Those
Machines" by Outer
"Another Dream" by MMOSS;
"Susannah" by Woolen
Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley,
Michael Jackson and other dead celebrities / news by A
"I Miss the Day" by My
"Carriers of Light" by Brendan
"The Last Time" by Model
"Last Call" by Jay;
"Darkness" by Leonard
"Sweetbread" by Simian
Mobile Disco and
"Keep You" fromActress off
the Chronicle movie soundtrack;
Love" from October
Mind 2011 label
on Minnesota Public Radio;
and "Get Along";
"Music Hot Spots"
NEW YORK CITY
ATWOOD - "A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance" -AVAILABLE
NOW FOR KINDLE (INCLUDING KINDLE COMPUTER APPS) FROM
CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects
the building of America in a trilogy of novels
collectively calledATWOOD. Book One explores
the development of the American West through the
lens of public policy, land planning, municipal
development, and governance as it played out in one
of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of
the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious
and cultural traditions that imbued the American
Midwest with a special character that continues to
have a profound effect on American politics to this
day. Book One creates an understanding about
America's cultural foundations that is further
explored in books two and three that further trace
the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one
isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as
an icon in the development of a certain brand of
American character. That's the serious stuff viewed
from high altitude. The story itself gets down and
dirty with the supernatural, which in ATWOOD
- A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliveranceis the
outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the
monumental to the sublime. The
book features the epic poem "The
well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard
Meets Larry McMurtry
I am offering another
novel through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service.
Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its
sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado,
1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm
equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of
individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and
distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.
It is a ripping good yarn, filled
with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to
pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950,
when the story is set. Richard Padilla
has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of
a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The
whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on
Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little
of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns.
Use this link.
EXPLORE THE KINDLE
If you have not explored the books
available from Amazon.com's Kindle Publishing
division you would do yourself a favor to do so. You
will find classic literature there, as well as tons
of privately published books of every kind. A lot of
it is awful, like a lot of traditionally published
books are awful, but some are truly classics. You
can get the entire collection of Shakespeare's works
for two bucks.
You do not need to buy a Kindle to
take advantage of this low-cost library. Use
this link to go to an Amazon.com page from which you
can download for free a Kindle App for
your computer, tablet, or phone.
Amazon is the largest,
but far from the only digital publisher. You can
find similar treasure troves atNOOK
Barnes & Noble site), Lulu,
<![if !vml]><![endif]> Fashion and
Style, Fashion and their Disastrous Twins
The model-clients of
(Los Angeles roster shown below - there are similar for New York, Miami and
Toronto) provide an extraordinary peek into not only the world of fashion, but
also of style. Fashion is a designer's statement, an expression of
creativity from the production side. Style is all about selection, presentation
and attitude. This group of photographs presented below offers a panoramic view
of the archetypes available to women, ranging from the vulnerable (Alejandra,
somewhat comically, to my eye) to the '50s housewife
Amanda Viola, who appears to be completely absorbed in La Dolce Vita.
The prominence of cigarette smoking in this collection is interesting and also
an element of style. Things that kill you, used as props, bespeak a reckless
lifestyle, so have a natural attraction to art directors. Some of these girls
are flat-out beautiful, even among the range of probable subjective opinions.
Most just have a factor, which varies with the individuality of each.
They are "plug-in" imagery, specific cuts of humankind that represent certain
broadly recognized types. Of these photographs below, for instance,
Penelope Cordoba looks like a rich man's wife.
Tess Wohrle looks like an actress.
Veronica Pfeiferova looks like a successful
actress. Ali Stephens looks like a photo shoot, as
does Charlott Cordes, which is no doubt what they
were up to in these shots, but Lauren Brown looks
like an art film. Here lies the difference between personality, a style thing,
and "fashion sense". One can be the womanly creature Lauren Brown portrays in
this shot - maybe not for long, given the effects of cigarette smoking - but one
can't really be what is being portrayed in the fashion shots of
Michaela or Julie Ordon,
not that you don't see it all the time. Katy Perry refers to this, speaking of
her own stage presentation, as "full-out tranny". One sees young girls and old
woman who seemingly present as such 24/7. One I know personally once revealed
that she went from being a makeup-free flower child to a committed face painter
after reading a report in which she was described as "a plain girl". Ouch! No
one wants that! Or do they? Plain works pretty well for
Anna Norheim and Nicole Lichtenberg. Plain,
of course, is synonymous with "natural", and it is another style choice. Plain
beauty is a big part of the requirement for getting a contract with the likes of
Elite. All of these girls have the symmetry and dimensions required for the
position. For girls 14 to 15 years old, that means they are between 5'7" to 6'0"
tall, and for girls from 16 to 22 that means 5'9" to 6'0" tall. Those are the
optimal altitudes from which to hang clothing. Linear-vertical types also tend
to be thin, which works best on camera, lenses tending to "add" a few pounds to
the captured image. The idea is to be thin and to photograph perfectly.
Originally posted on Artist News,
Originally posted on Artist News, January 2009
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