I'm naked in this video!
Monday, March 29, 2021
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you will watch my video promo for a documentary I've been working on. It's not unusual for a doc to be a multi-year effort. I need a kick in the butt to get this thing moving forward and wrapped up. I hope you will consider donating Go Fund Me. Every little bit helps!
Thursday, March 25, 2021
When Samuel Johnston, a successful north side businessman, died in 1886, he left a sizeable gift in his will for several charities as well as money for a memorial to William Shakespeare in Lincoln Park. A competition was held to select a sculptor. The winner was a Columbia University graduate, William Ordway Partridge (1861–1930), who had studied sculpture in France and Italy after a short stint as an actor.
This commission presented a unique challenge for Partridge since the only known portraits of William Shakespeare (1564–1616) had been done after the death of the famous English playwright and poet. Partridge made an intensive study of Shakespeare and life in Elizabethan England. He visited Stratford and London, reviewed dozens of existing artworks, and examined a death mask that was then believed to have been authentic. Partridge also consulted with Shakespearean actors including Henry Irving and his costumer, Seymour Lucas, who helped him portray the world-renowned literary figure in authentic period clothing.
Partridge displayed a plaster model of the William Shakespeare Monument at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. He had the work cast in bronze in Paris and shipped to Chicago. The donor’s grandniece, Miss Cornelia Williams, unveiled the sculpture on April 23, 1894, the supposed anniversary of both Shakespeare’s birth and death.
At the dedication ceremony, Partridge said: “Shakespeare needs nothing of bronze. His monument is England, America, and the whole of Saxondom. He placed us upon a pedestal, but one cannot place him on one, for he belongs among the people whom he so dearly loved.” The artist’s remarks offer insight into the sculpture’s unusually low pedestal, which provides exceptional visual and physical access to the artwork. From HERE
Stagg, Tom and Jim.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Yep we talk about a family mystery. No nt the royal family. Oh wait we do talk about that...but we interview two Canadian filmmakers about their new true crime documentaries-series. You can watch the first episode here and the rest on CBCgem or Paramount Plus....
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Hi and thanks for visiting my bog! I am hoping to get some people interested ina long term documentary I've been making. I'd like to get it wrapped up now that the pandemic might be waning...and vaccines might make it possible for us to travel again. I have been visiting people I've met on the internet either in online bookclubs and blogs. I still want to meet some of my online friends in Texas, Florida and the UK. Please watch the promo my friend Matt Spain made for me to get interest in this project. It's only five minutes but its a lot of fun. You can pledge $50 and I will add your name to the credits in the finished documentary series! You can pledge right here at the button to your right if you scroll down...the :paypal DONATION" button
Here is a little promo for your consideration...(and a little more blurb below)
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
I mentioned on a recent episode that I had a documentary I have been working on for 10 years...and I said I would share it...so here it is...
Connecting to others on the internet makes you feel more connected.
After ten years of full time participation in two literary web boards where the participants discussed, often passionately arguing, the nature of reality, the meaning of storytelling and the intent of various authors, film makers, or poets and how to cook the perfect dinner I decided to meet the characters on the other side of my computer screen. For real.
I set out to cross North America, half a dozen cities in Europe and track down one photographer in India to match the faces to the opinions of the feisty forum participants of the official Cormac McCarthy Society, the web board called "Constant Reader" and a dozen bloggers I had spent innumerable hours with online. Who were these thoughtful, contraire opinionated people and why did we find so much to talk about? Who were they in real life and how had the internet affected their lives?
Social and moral critics often predicted negative and unsavoury effects due to the mass adoption of the internet with fears of stalkers to dulled brains to conspiracy theorists and fake news and I have found some of those things but I’ve also found some great cerebral companions.
To date I have met and interviewed almost 40 people, including anthropologist Grant McCracken (who I met blogging) cultural theorist John Vanderheide (who I met on McCarthy forum) survived a stalker, and have travelled 7,000 miles, 5200 by land, 14 cities, and have collected about 17 hours of tape.
If you would like to contribute to my production please visit my Patreon page. And thank you for your interest.
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Wednesday, March 03, 2021
I share a brief conversation I had with Oscar winning costume designer Jaunty Yates this week. Ms. Yates won an Oscar for GLADIATOR and she mtalked to me from Rome about the wardrobe in THE COUNSELOR. Listen to this week's episode here at THE AGENCY podcast
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
This week we feature Irish scholar and musician, Richard Duckworth. Richard is a friend of ours from the pop culture convention. He talks to us about working at the legendary New York City club CBGB. He was a sound engineer theere and then he shares his recent paper about the sound system.
Here is website for his band Analog On
And if that's not exciting enough...I share a bit of conversation I had with Jaunty Yates, Oscar winning costume designer for GLADIATOR. She talks to me about the wardrobe in THE COUNSELOR.