Photowalk:  Madison Square Park in February

I decided to stroll to Fotografiska to sit and drink tea, and read a book.  It’s too cold to walk around comfortably and take photos, so I usually look for indoor activities (museums, bookstores, cafes, etc.)  However, the cloudy, gray, cold atmosphere led to a few nice photographic opportunities, especially as I strolled through Madison Square Park, and so I…

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Fred Stein Photography Exhibit: Dresden, Paris, New York – at The Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a great museum city, and going to the different museums is by far my favorite activity when I’m there.  I like photography, and I always make it my business to stop by the two photography museums, FOAM and Huis Marseille.  If I’m lucky, some of the other museums will also have a photography exhibit.  Well, I got majorly…

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"Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York" by Elon Green

Quick Book Review: “Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York” by Elon Green

A riveting story about a serial killer that struck in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.  Because the victims were gay, and the crimes occurred during the AIDS crisis, the case was largely ignored.  The author skillfully takes you through the gripping story, but he concentrates on the lives of the victims rather than on the killer, which really humanizes…

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Thinking About Hal

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a movie on Netflix that was “trending”.  The film, Mank,  was about Herman J. Mankiewicz, the screenwriter of the movie Citizen Kane.  The movie went into great detail about the writing of the screenplay, and it depicted the studio heads, actors and politics of the time.  I enjoyed the film, but all  I…

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"The Stonewall Reader" by the New York Public Library

Quick Book Review: “The Stonewall Reader” by the New York Public Library

Two years ago, the New York Public Library put together this anthology of articles from their archives to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.  The book is broken into three sections: before Stonewall, the Stonewall uprising, and post-Stonewall.  The articles consist of all types of writing, from historical accounts to personal diaries to poems and short stories.  I…

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