Spotlight feature

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday12/5/16 9:45am PST, Author Shaun Usher joined Janeane Bernstein to talk about his latest book "Letters of Note Volume 2."


If you missed Shaun Usher on today's show, listen here.

Shaun Usher joins me to talk about beautiful notes and letters penned by authors such as Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Seuss, Jane Austen, Mozart, Beatrix Potter, and more! An entirely new set of letters to observe and explore, for a fun new conversation about the art of letter writing, our communication styles, and how we can dwell in the past in our digital future.


ABOUT SHAUN USHER AND LETTERS OF NOTE

  • "A fascinating blog..." - Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic
  • "...a fantastic blog..." - Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing
  • "The internet's cultural magpie" - GQ Magazine
  • "Fantastic idea [...] and well done too" - Jason Kottke, kottke.org
  • "...a wonderful collection..." - Scott Beale, Laughing Squid

Welcome.

Letters of Note is a blog-based archive of fascinating correspondence, complete with scans and transcripts of the original missives where available.

I have a seemingly endless supply of correspondence to plough through, but your input is always welcome. Get in touch via shaun@lettersofnote.com. If you wish to send images, please forward high quality versions where possible, don't attempt to compress them to the point of illegibility, and please don't crop them to death. If you happen to have an original you wish to post to me using regular mail, let me know via email. If you already know it's fake, don't send it.

You have four choices when it comes to receiving updates — RSSTwitterFacebook, and Tumblr — and unless my fingers crumble away, there will be at least one new post every weekday.

I predict you will also enjoy visiting Letterheady, another blog I run which is dedicated to showcasing interesting letterheads — it's like Letters of Note, but with less reading — and Lists of Note, which, predictably, features notable lists.

Please note that whenever I link to a book on Amazon (typically when highlighting the source of a particular letter) I use an affiliate link — this essentially means that, should you click that link and then purchase said book, I receive, from Amazon, a small percentage of the book's price.

If you have any more questions, please get in touch.

Yours,

Shaun Usher

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Award winning Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Photographer and Co-Founder of Cinematic Pictures Group TJ Scott chatted with Janeane Bernstein today on "Get the Funk Out!"



If you missed Janeane's conversation 
with TJ Scott, listen here.


DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: TJ Scott - Launching new production company (mini Studio) Cinematic Pictures Group.

The Director: TJ Scott is best known for his award-winning directing prowess of the hottest TV seriesonairfrom​StephenKing’s The Mist, Gotham, Bates Motel, Dark Matter, Queen of the South, Damien, Orphan Black, Bitten, 12 Monkeys,TheStrain, Spartacus, Longmire, Motive, Black Sails​ to​ Hemlock Grove ​and​ Constantine​ to name a few. The Writer: TJ is a produced writer of feature films including ​Tracers with Taylor Lautner,“​TheSecretLivesofRoadCrews​” and “​Vivaldi” ​which have been purchased by Dream Works and are now at Paramount. Chris Columbus is attached to direct “The Secret Lives of Road Crews.”

The Photographer/Cinematographer: TJ’s early career as an award winning cinematographer evolved into a passion for creating stunning  still photographic images, which was best realized with the highly successful 2014 release of his coffee tablebook“​ In the Tub​”. Jam-packed with a veritable who’s who of celebrities from the film,television,music and sports industries. Sales of this book resulted in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancerawareness and TJ donates 100% of profits to this cause. Over 33 million​ people have viewed his photos on the internet.

TJ has been published in and on the cover of dozens of magazines, captured over 250 pages of Editorial and Fashion spreads,as well as Book Covers and Album Covers for Bands.

Currently TJ is directing Antoine Fuqua’s ICE in Vancouver, then travels to NYC for the next episode ofGothamandafterthat- New Mexico for Longmire.

OF NOTE: ​This month, TJ Scott and his business partner - leading celebrity and still photographer Dennys Ilic, launched CINEMATIC PICTURES GROUP (CPG).

CPG is a brick and mortar gallery (Cinematic Pictures Gallery) on the second level in the world renowned Hollywood & Highland complex in the heart of Hollywood(and the site of the Oscars). Under the banner ,CPG will have a production company (Cinematic Pictures Productions); publishing company (Cinematic Pictures Publishing); photography company(Cinematic Picture Photography) and a recording label (Cinematic Pictures Music).

For more visit: http://www.CinematicPicturesGroup.com https://www.facebook.com/CinematicPicturesGroup/



Follow TJ Scott everywhere: Twitter: @TJScottPictures Instagram: @TJScottPictures Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CinematicPicturesGroup/


Top prime-time director TJ Scott who is currently directing Antoine Fuqua’s ICE; just wrapped Stephen King’s “The Mist” and has both “Gotham” and “Longmire” up next… (not to mention Bate’s Motel, Queen of the South, Dark Matter, Orphan Black, Damien, Black Sails, Spartacus: War of the Damned) and his business partner, Dennys Ilic - a world renowned celebrity photographer/stills photographer (credits include Lord of the Rings, Battlestar Galactica - subjects such as Harrison Ford, Harry Potter himself - Daniel Radcliffe, LOTR stars Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler and Karl Urban…) - have launched Cinematic Pictures Group. A multifaceted entertainment company, CPG has launched CPG Music (Record Label); CPG Publishing (the ‘new’ Taschen - with four coffee table books on the way); CPG Productions (with a television series - Purgatory and multiple projects in development) — all housed in the brick-and-mortar CPG Gallery - a stunning goth, rock styled art gallery located on the 2nd floor of the Hollywood & Highland Complex - in Hollywood, CA. The gallery which showcases the stunning pictorial works of both founders - CPG Photo, is also a working studio and most days of the week is housing a movie, television, music or fashion shoot.

Author Danielle Krysa joined host Janeane Bernstein to talk about her book "Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative."

Thanks to Danielle Krysa for calling in today! If you missed her conversation with Janeane Bernstein, listen here!

This book is duct tape for the mouth of every artist's inner critic. Silencing that stifling voice once and for all, this salve for creatives introduces ten truths they must face in order to defeat self-doubt. Each encouraging chapter deconstructs a pivotal moment on the path to success—fear of the blank page, the dangers of jealousy, sharing work with others—and explains how to navigate roadblock. Packed with helpful anecdotes, thoughts from successful creatives, and practical exercises gleaned from Danielle Krysa's years of working with professional and aspiring artists—plus riotously apt illustrations from art world darling Martha Rich—this book arms readers with the most essential tool for their toolbox: the confidence they need to get down to business and make good work.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

From her website, http://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/about/
I have a BFA in Visual Arts {painting, printmaking, and art history}, and a post-grad in design. I’ve worked as a designer and Creative Director for years, but have never stopped loving and creating art. After decades of looking at beautiful contemporary art and thinking “Damn, I wish I thought of that”, I decided to say it out loud, and The Jealous Curator was born. Every day since February 22, 2009 I have written a daily post showcasing artwork from around the world. This has lead to opportunities that I truly never could have imagined – writing books, curating art exhibitions, speaking at events, and hosting my own podcast. It’s been quite a ride, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Danielle Krysa is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art website the Jealous Curator, and the author of Creative Block and Collage. She lives in British Columbia.

Martha Rich is a Philadelphia-based fine and commercial artist.

Author Kevin Smokler talks with host Janeane Bernstein on KUCI 88.9fm about his latest work "Brat Pack America."

If you missed Kevin Smokler on today's show, listen to his conversation with Janeane Bernstein here.

From the fictional towns of Hill Valley, CA, and Shermer, IL, to the beautiful landscapes of the “Goondocks” in Astoria and the “ time of your life” dirty dancing resort still alive and well in Lake Lure, NC, ‘80s teen movies left their mark not just on movie screen and in the hearts of fans, but on the landscape of America itself. Like few other eras in movie history, the ‘80s teen movies has endured and gotten better with time . In Brat Pack America, Kevin Smokler gives virtual tours of the legendary movies from that time and why the places they happened are a tribute to their permanence, why we love them still.

Including interviews with actors, writers, and directors of the era, and a Trapper Keeper- full of interesting facts about your favorite 80s movies, Brat Pack America is a must for any fan of the Breakfast Club and Back to the Future, of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink and Dead Poets Society. Smokler went to Goonies Day in Astoria, OR, took a Lost Boys tour of Santa Cruz, CA and in the present visited retro arcades, mov- ie theaters and record stores. His exploration of highways and main streets of “Brat Pack America” remind of why we love the teen movies of the 1980s so much and, three decades later, still do.


Kevin Smokler (@weegee) is the author of the essay collection "Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven't Touched Since High School" (Prometheus Books, Feb. 2013) which The Atlantic Wire called "truly enjoyable" and the editor of "Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times," A San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2005. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly and on National Public Radio. In 2013, he was BookRiot's first ever Writer in Residence. - See more at: http://www.kevinsmokler. com/



Praise for Practical Classics


“In this engaging survey of 50 books commonly assigned to teen readers, [Smokler] advocates revisiting them from an adult perspective. Even books we loved in our formative years… may have sailed right over our heads, suggests the author, who argues that only time and experience can prepare us to appreciate them fully.”
—San Jose Mercury News


“[F]ull of wit and candor... Putting literature to practical use is not a new invention, but what’s refreshing about the practice in this light is how Smokler pits this sort of practical gifting-as-guidance against the reduction of literature to ‘a letter grade and a dusty old obligation.’”
—Fiction Writers Review


“[S]o much fun…[It] offers a truly enjoyable trip down one’s personal memory lane of books. It’s also a love letter to the act of reading, to continual learning, and to making an effort to slow down and savor the good books in life.”
—The Atlantic Wire


“If you have been thinking about revisiting the books of your youth or those you have promised yourself to read, but haven’t, this entertaining book provides practical, real-world reasons by you should read them.”

-Alan Caruba, Bookviews


“[A] fine guide for any adult reader who would return to the classics with a different perspective in mind.”
-The Bookwatch


“In the short and beguilingly engaging essays that make up Practical Classics, Smokler shows how these works can be relevant and even useful to grownups. Most impressively, he manages to pull this off without sounding stuffy or self-important.”
-The Rumpus


“Possibly the first self-help book to use literature as its prescription, Practical Classics serves as a primer for personal development, demonstrating how one may apply various literary tinctures to the more trouble- some areas of the Human Condition.... [Smokler] holds forth with confidence and a good slathering of wit about coping with our common, human plight.”
-Austin Chronicle

Saturday, November 26, 2016

11/28@9:45amPT NORTH POLE NINJAS authors Tyler Knott Gregson and Sarah Linden!



Authors Tyler Knott Gregson and Sarah Linden
joined me Monday 11/28/16. 

If you missed the show, listen here!



So perfect for fans of Elf on the Shelf and other fun Christmas traditions!You may not know that Santa has a team of special elves, selected for their ability to help carry out top-secret missions that are all about helping, giving, caring, and listening. Anyone who receives this box is called upon to help carry out those top secret missions with a bit of stealth and an open heart. The gorgeously illustrated picture book retells the ancient legend the North Pole Ninjas use for new recruits. After reading the book, readers are given their own Ninja missions to carry out: 50 special tasks packed in a special envelope--tasks of compassion and caring for their communities, to be carried out in stealth to spread love without the expectation of accolade. Complete with a plush and huggable “sensei” to guide Ninjas on their journey, this is the perfect antidote to worrying about whether you’ve been naughty or nice.

Molly Schiot, Director, Filmmaker, and the founder of the Instagram account, "The Unsung Heroines," joined me 11/28 to talk about her incredible book "Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History."


GAME CHANGERS

The Unsung Heroines of Sports History

By MOLLY SCHIOT

Simon & Schuster | Hardcover | October 18, 2016 |

If you missed Molly on today's show, listen here!

Simone Biles. Serena Williams. Katie Ledecky. Today, we know these women, their names, and their accomplishments, as well as the many others who have left their mark on the sports world in recent years. But what about the women who came before them, the trailblazers who made it possible for these champions to get out on the field and play? In GAME CHANGERS: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History (Simon & Schuster; October 18, 2016; $25), Molly Schiot celebrates the stories of those forgotten female athletes and shares rarely-before-seen photos.



Director and artist Molly Schiot started documenting these lost stories after she pitched an idea for a short film to a major sports network about the Wake-Robin Golf Club, a group of African-American women who fought for their right to play golf in the 1930s (pictured at right). The film didn’t get made, but Schiot continued to spend time researching at the LA84 archive. She soon found dozens more undiscovered female athletes from the pre-Title IX era, and knew she had to highlight their achievements. She created the Instagram account @theunsungheroines and shared a photo each day of female athletes who made significant strides (literally and figuratively) in some of the most popular games in the world. Her account gained an enthusiastic following, and the result is GAME CHANGERS, a beautifully illustrated collection that gives these “founding mothers” the attention and recognition they deserve.

The book also features new and powerful conversations about women and sports between some of today’s heroines—including former US Women’s National Soccer Team captain Abby Wambach, professional skateboarder Lacey Baker, and SportsCenter anchor Cari Champion—and the pioneers who motivated them to push forward. This empowering and unforgettable book is the perfect keepsake for mothers, daughters, fans, feminists, and the champions of tomorrow.


* Select photos featured in the book can be available for publicity use upon request *

A sample of the many remarkable women Molly Schiot features in GAME CHANGERS


When talented nine-year old Kim Green was refused the right to join Little League baseball in her hometown of Newark, Delaware because she was a girl, her mom Sylvia Green decided to take matters into her own hands. Along with other activists, Sylvia successfully sued the Little League and formed a massively popular all-girls team called “the Angels” in protest. Girls were finally permitted to try out for Little League baseball in 1974 and in that first year alone, over 30,000 young women participated.

Sheryl Swoopes was the first woman to be signed by the WNBA and was the inspiration for the Nike Air Swoopes, the first signature basketball shoe named after a woman. For years before, it had been nearly impossible for female basketball players to find sneakers that weren’t specifically designed for men. Swoopes shoes soon became so popular that men looked for larger sizes so they could wear them too.

Christy Martin is one of the most successful and prominent female boxers in the United States. She was the first female boxer to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and had a seven year winning streak in the ring. After being shot by her then-husband and trainer Jim Martin, she became an advocate for victims of domestic abuse.

Earlene Brown won numerous national championships and Olympic medals for her achievements in track and field. She was the first woman to break the 50-foot barrier in shot put. Brown says that when she was young, she “was ashamed of her size. I never thought that something of which I was ashamed… could make me feel proud. But I feel proud now.”


When NASCAR driver Janet Guthrie qualified for both the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500, she was the first woman to race in either competition. She faced constant humiliation from onlookers and other racers, who chanted insults like, “no tits in the pit!” when she was on the course. Despite her talent and multiple wins, Janet was eventually forced to retire after not receiving sponsorship in a widely male-dominated sport.

Gertrude Earle was an American Olympic swimmer who swam the English Channel in fourteen hours and thirty-four minutes on August 26, 1926. Her swim broke the world record time by two hours and she became a national celebrity, starring in a short film about her life and even joining a vaudeville act. Eventually, she withdrew from the public eye and retired to teach swimming at a school for the deaf.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Molly Schiot is a director, filmmaker, and the founder of the Instagram account, "The Unsung Heroines." She is a graduate of Brown University and the Glasgow School of Art, and her creative endeavors have led to sold-out exhibitions of her paintings and drawings, music videos for the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Mark Ronson and The Raveonettes, and commercials for Miu-Miu, Levi's, and Converse. She is the creator of the “Check You Out” series for Paper Magazine and recently directed an ESPN “30 for 30” short, “Our Tough Guy,” about the life of one of the NHL's most fearsome players, John Wensink. She lives in California.


ABOUT THE BOOK
GAME CHANGERS: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History

Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: October 18, 2016

ISBN: 9781501137099

E-Book ISBN: 9781501137112

150 four-color images

Price: $25



Follow the author on Twitter @MollySchiot and on Instagram @theunsungheroines

Visit Simon & Schuster online at www.SimonAndSchuster.com

Monday12/5/16 9:45am PST, Author Shaun Usher joined Janeane Bernstein to talk about his latest book "Letters of Note Volume 2."


If you missed Shaun Usher on today's show, listen here.

Shaun Usher joins me to talk about beautiful notes and letters penned by authors such as Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Seuss, Jane Austen, Mozart, Beatrix Potter, and more! An entirely new set of letters to observe and explore, for a fun new conversation about the art of letter writing, our communication styles, and how we can dwell in the past in our digital future.


ABOUT SHAUN USHER AND LETTERS OF NOTE

  • "A fascinating blog..." - Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic
  • "...a fantastic blog..." - Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing
  • "The internet's cultural magpie" - GQ Magazine
  • "Fantastic idea [...] and well done too" - Jason Kottke, kottke.org
  • "...a wonderful collection..." - Scott Beale, Laughing Squid

Welcome.

Letters of Note is a blog-based archive of fascinating correspondence, complete with scans and transcripts of the original missives where available.

I have a seemingly endless supply of correspondence to plough through, but your input is always welcome. Get in touch via shaun@lettersofnote.com. If you wish to send images, please forward high quality versions where possible, don't attempt to compress them to the point of illegibility, and please don't crop them to death. If you happen to have an original you wish to post to me using regular mail, let me know via email. If you already know it's fake, don't send it.

You have four choices when it comes to receiving updates — RSS, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr — and unless my fingers crumble away, there will be at least one new post every weekday.

I predict you will also enjoy visiting Letterheady, another blog I run which is dedicated to showcasing interesting letterheads — it's like Letters of Note, but with less reading — and Lists of Note, which, predictably, features notable lists.

Please note that whenever I link to a book on Amazon (typically when highlighting the source of a particular letter) I use an affiliate link — this essentially means that, should you click that link and then purchase said book, I receive, from Amazon, a small percentage of the book's price.

If you have any more questions, please get in touch.

Yours,

Shaun Usher