Honest, insightful, what you'd want to read from your favorite bands and artists, but probably won't. Semisonic is one of my favorite groups and I nevHonest, insightful, what you'd want to read from your favorite bands and artists, but probably won't. Semisonic is one of my favorite groups and I never expected to find a book like this. I was merely curious about what they had been up to since "All About Chemistry" was released in, I think, 2004 and I got this. What a tremendous find....more
The best photojournalists make life wider than we could ever imagine. While actor Jeff Bridges is not a photojournalist in the formal sense, he has taThe best photojournalists make life wider than we could ever imagine. While actor Jeff Bridges is not a photojournalist in the formal sense, he has taken photos on the sets of his films since Karen Allen basically gave him the idea while working together on "Starman," and what he reveals in this book is more than just astounding. It requires words bigger than "astounding," and also words not made up yet that would mean more than "astounding."
Shooting photos with a fickle Widelux camera (which he likes exactly because of its unpredictability, never hewing to staginess), he captures moments with actors, directors and crew members that we'd never expect to find in fabricated Hollywood. His panoramic shots make life huge and each page takes more than a few seconds to look at. You'll get sucked into details you wouldn't find if you merely rushed through this book. There's an especially affecting photo on the set of "The Fisher King," where Robin Williams is entertaining the actors playing mental institution patients, and looking at each face, we see ourselves looking right back at us. We are those emotions that each actor expresses as they watch Robin Williams. And perhaps at the same time, they're thinking of something else besides the jokes. We are contradictory creatures and this photo expresses that the best, something to consider as you page through this book, and you should. Jeff Bridges shows what photography can do when it's done for love, for wanting to capture moments, for wanting to see things differently than we experience them in a single moment.
I recommend this book not only as a huge fan of Jeff Bridges (he's one of my favorite actors), but as one who enjoys seeing what photographs can bring to our eyes that our own eyes can't always see....more
Ok, I can drink all that tea each day. Moderate exercise? Check. Cutting down on binge eating and eating less at meals, but making sure that what I eaOk, I can drink all that tea each day. Moderate exercise? Check. Cutting down on binge eating and eating less at meals, but making sure that what I eat is healthier than what I have been eating? I'm on day 3 of that plan, at least with the binge eating (still hard, but it gets easier with tea). The recipes in the back of the book that include tea in each? All interesting, but I don't think I could readily follow the 14-day plan Mark Ukra sets out for the reader. Not that it's not a good plan. But, waffles and all the rest? I'm not sure if I'd follow it. Perhaps a few dishes, but not all of them and not that religiously. Still, though, a good plan and one that I will follow at least with everything else, since I prefer tea instead of coffee....more