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2020 BLOG, TWEET And BOOK REVIEW
2021-01-02 00:51
BLOGS and TWEETS1) COVID Vade Mecum  https://bit.ly/2Epr0XO2) ANIMATION OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2020 https://bit.ly/37uYw8v  . . .  and because I didn’t blog anymore than… Read More
COVID
2020-08-20 21:08
Have you too been told airily and too often by a well-intentioned acquaintance, “Oh, the curve is flattening, the numbers are slowly going down”? If so, here are some useful link… Read More
ANIMATION OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2020
2020-01-26 05:34
5 SHORTS:1) HAIR LOVE - M.A Cherry, Bruce Smith - 2D hand-drawn - (Sony) USA2) DAUGHTER - Daria Kachcheeva - Stop motion -   Czech Republic3) KITBULL - Rosana Suivan… Read More
2019-12-29 03:45
BLOG POSTS1) WRITING SOUNDTRACK writing, music 2) NOBEL PRIZE FOR ART art, nobelprize 3) DANDELION WINE  Bradbury, writing, writers, summer 4) HOW TO CELEBRATE… Read More
WRITING SOUNDTRACK
2019-10-15 23:37
.I like writing to the sound of golf on TV. The hushed commentary and quiet applause provide a presence without distracting. And there’s all that soothing green grass when you do look… Read More
NOBEL PRIZE FOR ART
2019-10-04 02:11
There's no Nobel prize for art but there should be.     Its role in life is no less vital than chemistry, physics, economics, medicine, literature and peace. Would all those N… Read More
How To Celebrate BASTILLE DAY
2019-07-14 14:59
Not a people to tolerate high taxes and social inequality, the French are expert in demanding their rights. Today's the day they tore down La Bastille prison and became a republic… Read More
ANIMATION OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2019
2019-01-25 22:31
This year I’ve included (where possible) the very interesting Making-of videos for the animation nominations for 2019: 5 SHORTS:1) ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (NFB, Canada - Written and Dire… Read More
2018 BLOG AND BOOK REVIEW
2018-12-26 02:38
BLOG POSTS1) ANIMATION OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2018  2) 2017 BLOG AND BOOK REVIEW 3) CAKES INSPIRED BY ART – Thiebaud, Mondrian, Klimt 4) BOOKS INSPIRED BY ART – Na… Read More
ANIMATION OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2018
2018-01-23 21:01
5 SHORTS: 1) DEAR BASKETBALL (Glen Keane Productions, USA - PENCIL - Directed by Glen Kean, written by Kobe Bryant, music by John Williams!) Kobe Bryant's basketballs dreams voiced… Read More
ART INSPIRED BY FOOD
2018-01-02 03:37
THE LAST SUPPER, a mural by Leonardo da VINCI, painted in tempera on stone, around 1495/6 in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. It measure… Read More
2017 BLOG AND BOOK REVIEW
2017-12-30 03:57
BLOG POSTS:1) ANTHONY DOERR – One of the bright spots in 2017 was the discovery of the luminous, mosaic writing of Anthony Doerr. Cypresses seethe, roots prowl and stars burn in his wi… Read More
2016 BLOG REVIEW & BOOKS READ
2017-12-26 18:36
I usually do a “best blogs” post around this time but 2016 was such a bad year for almost everything, including blogging, that I’m combining BLOG POSTS and BOOKS READ this… Read More
ART And FOOD
2017-12-25 03:27
THE LAST SUPPER, a mural by Leonardo da VINCI, painted in tempera on stone, around 1495/6 in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. It measures&nbs&hell…Read More
IT'S NOT ONLY JOHN LASSETER
2017-11-22 18:22
John Lasseter’s full leave-of-absence letter:I have always wanted our animation studios to be places where creators can explore their vision with the support and collaboration of other… Read More
NO-ONE CAN SEE YOUR 💗S
2017-11-21 02:24
Don't 💗 my Tweets. RT them but don't 💗 them.It used to be that if you liked something on Twitter you'd RT it.Then Twitter added the 💗Everybody thought… Read More
IT'S NOT ONLY HARVEY
2017-10-11 19:51
It’s not only Harveyit’s not only Hollywoodit’s not about “compliments”it’s not about sex addictionit’s not even about sex.It’s about cat-call… Read More
CAKES Inspired By ART
2017-09-12 16:12
“CHOCOLATE CAKE” 1971 is a lithograph on Arches paper (SFMOMA) by American artist Wayne Thiebaud.   That lithograph baked into life by Caitlin Freeman.A work of art bas… Read More
ART Inspired By BOOKS
2017-09-09 13:16
Pablo PICASSO’s 1955 India ink sketch of DON QUIXOTE and Sancho Panzawas featured on the August 18–24 issue of the French weekly journal Les Lettres Françai… Read More
THREE FRENCH NUDES
2017-08-22 20:05
NU DESCENDANT UN ESCALIER No. 2, Marcel Duchamp. 1912 Oil on canvas.(Philadelphia Museum of Art) This painting scandalised New Yorkers at the Armory Show in 1913Henri Robert Marcel DUCHAMP… Read More
LIVING WITH GREAT ART
2017-08-15 02:31
It occured to me recently that, thanks to the internet, I could have the world’s best art on my walls. I’ve always had the world’ best literature in my bookcases and now I… Read More
BOOKS Inspired By ART
2017-08-05 15:54
Giorgio de CHIRICO’s oil painting  THE ENIGMA OF ARRIVAL AND THE AFTERNOON (Privately owned) was painted in Paris in 1912. The French poet Guillaume Apollinaire gave the… Read More
ART Inspired BOOKS
2017-08-05 02:55
Giorgio de CHIRICO, founder of the Metaphysical Art Movement, painted THE ENIGMA OF ARRIVAL AND THE AFTERNOON in Paris in 1912. The French poet Guillaume Apollinaire gave the painting i… Read More
USING THE NEW TWITTER FOR BEST RESULTS
2017-07-30 19:52
It used to be that if you liked something on Twitter you'd RT it.Then Twitter added the 💗Everybody thought, okay, if I like something I’ll 💗 it and my followers will se… Read More
ART And CAKE
2017-07-23 17:40
“CHOCOLATE CAKE” 1971 is a lithograph on Arches paper (SFMOMA) by American artist Wayne Thiebaud.   That lithograph baked into life by Caitlin Freeman.A work of art bas… Read More
GETTING THE BEST RESULTS FROM TWITTER
2017-07-10 20:37
When Twitter was invented, it wasn’t sure what it was.But users quickly figured out what to do with it and made it a world-wide chatting medium.It became wildly popular. We interacted… Read More
RT Vs. LIKES On TWITTER
2017-07-10 07:08
When Twitter was invented, it wasn’t sure what it was. But users quickly figured out what to do with it and made it a world-wide chatting medium. It became wildly popular. We interact… Read More
2017-06-11 21:46
Many accomplished contemporary writers can suck us into their worlds through the first page, efficiently introduce their characters already in full gallop then wow us with their style, vocab… Read More
ANIMATION OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2017
2017-01-24 19:11
5 SHORTS:1) BLIND VAYSHA Canada -  Theodore Ushev2) BORROWED TIME - Andrew Coats & Lou Hamou-Lhadj3) PEAR CIDER & CIGARETTES - Robert Valley & Cara Speller4) PEARL - Patrick… Read More
BLOG REVIEW & BOOKS READ IN 2016
2016-12-29 19:24
 I usually do a “best blogs” post around this time but 2016 was such a bad year for almost everything, including blogging, that I’m combining BLOG POSTS and BOOKS READ… Read More
ANIMATED, A NOVEL Now Available On Kindle
2016-12-06 22:00
When I recently learned that another novel set in the animation field was being published before I could finish and publish mine, I freaked out.The one sure thing I had going for my book was… Read More
STILL ANIMATED!
2016-11-14 19:12
To all of you who’ve been asking about ANIMATED, the novel and when you can expect to read it, thanks for your continued interest and stay tuned.Because of several extreme life events… Read More
2016-09-11 15:32
Exciting to see the animation medium finally expandinginto new (for the US) genres, even if it is prurient, teenage CGI animation like SAUSAGE PARTY. Its predictable success will doubtl… Read More
2016-08-22 14:52
Exciting to see the animation medium finally expandinginto new (for the US) genres, even if it is prurient, teenage CGI animation like SAUSAGE PARTY. Its predictable success will doubtl… Read More
REDESIGNING EVERYTHING
2016-05-27 19:16
   Do you ever find yourself unconsciously redesigning the stuff around you? Kitchen appliances, cars, logos, street lamps, book covers, other people’s homes? I do. Whenever… Read More
2016-04-09 18:04
I recently read, with great delight, Ray Bradbury’s lovely DANDELION WINE. It’s written with such tender fervor and such affection for his younger self (it is auto-biographi… Read More
2016-03-01 00:01
5 SHORTS:1) BEAR STORY (CGI) Chile - Directed by Gabriel Osorio. A lonely bear remembering his formerly happy life is an allegory for Chile’s brutal political past. Oscar winner2) PROL… Read More
2016-02-24 00:29
These subjective impressions (↑ Mmm to ↓ Ugh)should not be taken for proper reviews.    1)  SAY GOODNIGHT TO INSOMNIA by Dr. Gregg. D Jacobs ↓ for writing… Read More
2016-01-02 20:13
1) CHARLIE HEBDO LIVES  - CHARLIE HEBDO is as much a part of the fabric of French life as baguettes and Beaujolais. Difficult to define but just as important as Voltaire, Descartes and… Read More
2015-12-25 17:10
These subjective impressions (↑ Mmm to ↓ Ugh)should not be taken for proper reviews.          THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt ↑ &uarr&hell…Read More
2015-12-24 18:02
I’m a big fan of animation for adults and, since professional animation directors seem reluctant to innovate in that direction, I’m glad to see live-action directors taking the i… Read More
2015-12-22 15:41
While reading a review of Disney Animation’s BIG HERO 6, which opens today in the US, I came across references to soft robotics being created by Carnegie Mellon’s Soft Machines L… Read More
2015-11-26 16:45
Ever since journalists started mentioning that the recent Paris shootings were the worst attack on Parisians since 1944, I’ve been wondering what happened that year, apart from the lib… Read More
2015-11-22 20:23
Written by Rouget de Lisle when Francedeclared war against Austria in 1792,LA MARSEILLAISE,seen here personified by Rude on the Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile in Paris,was often mock… Read More
2015-10-24 17:23
Today being the DAY of the DEAD I’m going to celebrate Marcel Proust, who is dead, among other things. Off and on for a couple of years now I’ve been wading through Marcel Proust… Read More
2015-09-27 15:31
In a “writers’ café" a few blocks from my house I sip an Earl Grey and look around. It’s a charming place. Plants abound, tea and coffee flow.The place is packed. In… Read More
2015-09-21 01:07
After reading yet another article proclaiming that an artist “must make art” (You’re only a writer if you “must” write.) I can't help wondering if this is true… Read More
2015-08-09 14:38
Why sweat over hand-made, brain-wrought blog posts when there is software featuring algorithms and artificial intelligence that can do it faster and easier? Several different kinds of softwa… Read More
2015-08-09 14:26
Why is it every time an expert is consulted about the rules of grammar or spelling, they almost always follow their explanations with a disclaimer along the lines of: “Language is cons… Read More
2015-08-06 14:18
I don’t know about you but I'd rather not have to label my writing. If literary labeling needs to be done at all, (and, apart from broad categories like FICTION and NON-FICTION, I… Read More
2015-07-30 13:44
I recently took my blog off-line to investigate sudden spikes of statistical activity with a 98% bounce rate.  After going through Google Analytics with a fine-tooth comb, a picture of… Read More
2015-07-24 16:17
At last night’s Academy Awards, animation was once again referred to as a genre in front of the whole world. This must stop. GENRE is French for a sort or kind of thing, a categor… Read More
2015-07-24 15:58
It was disappointing to see a recent Twitter discussion about Disney’s CGI animation of female characters still mired in the same specious arguments that have been going on for the pas… Read More
2015-07-16 22:50
One day, 35,000 years ago, a group of homo sapiens were hunting bison in what would become Northern Spain. It wasn’t the first time they’d hunted together and they soon made a k… Read More
2015-02-24 18:09
5 SHORTS:The BIGGER PICTURE - National Film and Television School, UK  – Winner of many prizes including Cannes, Annecy. Written, directed and animated by Daisy Jacobs, produced b… Read More
2015-01-31 15:24
On Sunday almost four million French people showed the world how to stand up to terrorism: we saw the descendants of the 1789 revolution (strengthened by immigrants) do what they do best, be… Read More
2015-01-31 15:18
Animators are not caricaturists but we belong to the same artistic family. We use lines to get our point across. I imagine with horror terrorists bursting into Film Roman and mowing down all… Read More
2015-01-12 20:28
CHARLIE HEBDO is as much a part of    the fabric of French life as baguettes and Beaujolais. Difficult to define but just as important as Voltaire, Descartes and Sartre. Assas… Read More
2015-01-06 22:49
 1) FROZEN MAGIC - It wasn’t marketing that made FROZEN successful, it was the elusive secret ingredient that makes a film a hit: MAGIC. And this is top-of-the-line CGI magic. The… Read More
2014-11-22 18:36
Photo: Lukke1) L’ARC DE  TRIOMPHE Walk down the Boulevard Haussmantoward the Arc de Triomphe in the summer, watch its majestic shape and golden stones appear between th… Read More
2014-09-26 14:15
The wonderful thing about love letters is they don’t need to be well-written. No need for fancy language or literary niceties. They don’t really need good grammar, although bad s… Read More
2014-09-19 11:08
There’s so much literary advice online, I thought I’d offer some practical ideas for beating out the words. Be prepared and you won't waste time looking for stuff when you're afl… Read More
BEAUTIFUL ART, UGLY ARTISTS
2014-09-19 11:06
Should we celebrate an artist who’s done something shameful? Can we venerate art produced by someone capable of evil? Should the two be separated?Can we love the art and not… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
2012 was the worst year of my life. Such terrible things happened in continuous waves of debilitating awfulness that I spent most of the year staring at the ceiling in shock, seeing nothing… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
These subjective imressions should not be taken for proper reviews. Like Michelin rated restaurants *** is best in my opinion. The ART OF FIELDING by Chad Harbach ***  Moby Dick-themed… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
These subjective impressions should not be taken for proper reviews.         ↑ Mmm to ↓ Ugh. THE ORPHAN MASTER’S SON by Adam John… Read More

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