As an artist, a student of art history, a graphic design nerd, a photography lover, and a guy who’s done his share of design and advertising work over the years, I am always intrigued by a good, eye-catching advertising campaign. Setting aside the often nefarious messages nesting within big business advertising—they're selling you how to … Continue reading The Art of the Ad: Black Magic Women
Month: August 2022
Twenty Years of Blogs That Inspire Me
I've been thinking a lot lately about writing. What got me into writing, and then what brought me back to it. The ways in which the internet has largely democratized writing—for good and bad—and how several of my writing inspirations over the last two decades have been online, at both "establishment" hubs and small, one-person … Continue reading Twenty Years of Blogs That Inspire Me
A Journey in Three Moods, or, How My Brain Works
1. The light bulb moment: sudden, powerful jolt of inspiration for my next creative endeavor. 2. The details of making it happen start crashing and careening around in my head. 3. *distracted by another light bulb flickering in the distance* Special thanks to Michelle Pfeiffer's expressive facial reactions as one of my favorite cinematic inspirations, … Continue reading A Journey in Three Moods, or, How My Brain Works
Bettie Page: From Nashville to Immortality
In a world gone mad with more depressing news landing with a thud each passing day, this feel-good story, reported by The Tennesseean, offers just the sort of soothing salve some of us need right now: “It's taken them nearly a century, but Nashville is ready to officially recognize one of the city's most iconic … Continue reading Bettie Page: From Nashville to Immortality
Bad Girls We Love: Jane Mitchell from Zapped!
Zapped! (1982) is the heartwarming story of high school science geek Barney (Scott Baio, years before we knew how evil he was), who develops the power to move things with his mind after a lab accident, just like a Marvel Comics character. After slamming doors and flinging objects across rooms with an arched eyebrow and … Continue reading Bad Girls We Love: Jane Mitchell from Zapped!
Happy Birthday Vera Farmiga
Queen Vera Farmiga turns 49 today! She is my favorite actress working today not named Michelle, and I can vividly remember the moment when I knew this. Let me tell you about it. I’d loved her for years already, but that adoration reached new heights with Bates Motel, which is a top five or ten … Continue reading Happy Birthday Vera Farmiga