Mad Men: The End of an Era

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January Jones as Betty Draper. Mad Men: season one, episode Shoot. Writers: Matthew Weiner, who created and wrote the episode along with writer Christopher Provenzano. Directed by Paul Feig. It’s the writing and characters that draw me into the scenes, and into the stories. What is so particularly striking about this episode is the opening […]


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Living in Southwest Florida, I feel musically challenged. I want more musical choices, and they simple don’t exist with the stations that are available here. Welcome KCRW. I love this station with its eclectic choices, which I find myself listening to while I write. Do you know it? Morning Becomes Eclectic sound familiar? Hosted by […]

Documentary Filmmaker Interview: Gabriel London

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GABRIEL LONDON is a documentary filmmaker whose storytelling focuses around major policy issues. He began working on criminal justice issues as an undergraduate at Pomona College, where he won the Albert R. Broccoli film award for a prison documentary, Turned Out. In 2001, he produced and directed No Escape: Prison Rape in America, two short films […]

Indies First Campaign

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Sherman Alexie had an idea last year; “Indies First” is about authors connecting to independent booksellers, where the author can sell books, sign them and help out the indie bookstore. Last year’s event was extremely successful. Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, in that same vein, began Upstream, which partners authors with booksellers for signed copies […]