Some Photographers To Follow on Instagram

Coast of Cape Town reminded me of California ✨

Uma foto publicada por Sam Horine (@samhorine) em

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Artists I Respect: LiShinault

Shot of a LiShinault bridal portrait (in process)

A week or so back, an artist I have respected for the past few years, LiShinault, shared (on her Facebook page)  a work-in-progress photo of a wedding portrait she recently painted. Since I love seeing how a project comes together through its various stages, I relish getting to see photos like this one. As a result, I received permission from LiShinault to share the photo here, as well as some of the Decatur, Georgia-based artist’s other works. In addition to commission work, as noted in her bio she “primarily paints small to large-scale works across a variety of media that include mostly feminine figures and animals”.

One of these days hopefully I will be able to run an interview here with her. In the meantime, enjoy her work speaking for her.

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Considering The Song, Please Be with Me

This morning while running errands, I heard Eric Clapton’s 1974 cover of the song, Please Be with Me, for the first time. Despite the fact I was aware that the late Duane Allman’s daughter, Galadrielle Allman, recently released a memoir about her father of the same name (Please Be with Me–A Song for My Father) I did not realize Allman’s connection to the song.

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A Good Kind of Problem to Have

“Raina sells out. #princetonbookfest #rainatour2014 get your books early!”

Congrats to Raina Telgemeier.

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Greg Pak on Happy Fun Room

Super Sammy (Cindy Cheung) gets serious in the Happy Fun Room (Photo by Sam Chase)

Super Sammy (Cindy Cheung) gets serious in the Happy Fun Room (Photo by Sam Chase)

Long before Greg Pak became known for his comics, he was a successful film director and screenwriter. He recently released a brand new short film, Happy Fun Room, which can be viewed on YouTube (as part of the Futurestates.tv storyworld). Pak happily indulged my curiosity to email him a slew of questions for him to answer regarding this latest project. Enjoy.

Tim O’Shea: In what ways do you feel more confident as a short film writer and director with Happy Fun Room, as say compared to your 2011 effort, Mister Green?

Greg Pak: That’s an interesting question. A number of smart people have said that directing is basically deciding. A director has to make dozens of decisions every day in order for everyone else working on the film to be able to do their jobs. If a director can’t decide, everything grinds to a halt and the film eventually falls apart.

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Hannah Storm Asks The NFL The Right Questions

I have always respected Hannah Storm as a reporter, but this honest essay boosts that respect immensely. And the fact that ESPN aired it shocked me.

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No One Does Crazy Eyes As Well As Annie Lennox

Crazy Eyes

Crazy Eyes

I could watch Annie Lennox music videos all day. (This is from No More I Love You’s)

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Mark Fertig on Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters


Once one learns that film scholar/blogger Mark Fertig has authored Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters, a new Fantagraphics coffee table book, there is only one logical option. Interview him about it. Enjoy Fertig discuss the book and much more about film noir. I wish all my interviews were this content rich. Speaking of content, when discussing certain films, Fertig was kind enough to share links to his blog, Where Danger Lives, please be sure to click on all the links for even more great reading.

Tim O’Shea: You dedicated the book to your late mother. Did she live long enough to know you became a film scholar?

Mark Fertig: Unfortunately my mom passed away when I was still in my twenties; at the time I was slogging it out as an adjunct graphic design professor. However she remains the driving force behind my interest in classic films. Anyone who has ever cultivated a passion for old movies can tell you that it’s difficult to find others out there with the same interests. For me, that person was my mother. We spent countless hours watching dusty VHS tapes and discussing everyone from Alan Ladd to Zasu Pitts. Remember Mia Farrow in those last few moments of The Purple Rose of Cairo? That was my mom.

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Eleanor Whitmore on The Mastersons’ Good Luck Charm & August 7 Concert at Eddie’s Attic

The Masterson: Good Luck Charm

The Masterson: Good Luck Charm

I first saw The Mastersons play on the Cayamo cruise in 2011. When I found out that the Austin, Texas-based musical duo of Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore were appearing August 7 at Eddie’s Attic (at 7:30 PM), I reached out to Whitmore for a quick email interview to help spread the word. We discuss the new album, Good Luck Charm, which was released by the husband-wife team in June (and is available on iTunes, Vinyl or your local record store), as well as the advantages of playing a legendary cozy venue like Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia.

Tim O’Shea: How much do you enjoy getting to play more intimate venues like Eddie’s Attic (as opposed to the larger venues you play when opening for or playing with Steve Earle)?

Eleanor Whitmore: It’s easier to connect with your audience when they’re close around you. It’s a lot of fun to play places like Eddie’s Attic because you can interact with the crowd more, but there is a certain challenge to winning over a bigger audience in a large venue and we like doing that too.

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Playing House: I Love When Shows Post Bloopers

If you have not checked out the new USA Network comedy, Playing House, you are missing out. Here’s a snippet from the series’ official bio page: “Childhood best friends Maggie Caruso (Lennon Parham, Best Friends Forever) and Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair, Best Friends Forever) have shared countless adventures growing up together in the charming town of Pinebrook, CT. Now, Maggie and Emma are in store for one of their biggest adventures—raising a baby.”

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