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  1. Hooray! Michael Wilkinson's acrylic sculptures are now at Cordair! Congrats on the move, Linda!
  2. Samson

    I love Regina Spektor's voice!!! She is a little quirky, and her music is definitely not for everyone. But I agree, I think "Samson," "Better," and "Fidelity" are great songs (though I'm a fan of the whole album)!
  3. THE OUTCASTS -- Chapter 4

    Wow, this is beautiful writing! I am very intrigued to find out how the story progresses, and especially to read more about the character Marco. I can't wait to read more (both of this novel and future novels)! One aspect that I think is particularly deserving of being highlighted is the quality of writing style. From what I've read so far, this novel has the rare makings to achieve the oft sought literary goal of the integration of both form and content. Cheers to you, Mr Bucko! For those of you who haven't read the chapters yet, I highly recommend them!
  4. Anyone here going to see Monna Vanna?

    I bought my ticket for the Dec. 2nd show at 2pm. Since I'm not going on the cruise, I'm really looking forward to seeing it performed in Hollywood! I read the play about 6 years ago.
  5. Wedding

    Felicitations, Ashley and Nicolaus! It's so wonderful to hear of your happiness! --Alex and Sarah
  6. Stephen's Health

    Many great things changed in my life when my husband Alex and I first started dating 3 years ago, but among the most treasured was that I got to meet and spend time with Stephen and Betsy Speicher. Even though we were on opposite sides of the country, Stephen and I got to know each other on the FORUM, through PMs and emails, and occasionally on the phone. It wasn’t long before we realized that we had an amazing affinity with regards to art – an affinity I’ve never shared so strongly with any other person. Not only in regards to movies, but with sculpture, painting, and especially, architecture. Even more importantly, it wasn’t just that we liked the same works, rather it was the similarity in the depth at which we both felt about art. Steve was like a real-life fairy godfather to me. It was as if anything I wished for, he would grant me. I wrote in a post on the FORUM that if I could ever enter John Lautner’s Sheats/Goldstein house that I would simply fall to my knees. He replied that when I did he would be right by my side -- and he was. With his and Betsy’s myriad connections, Stephen was able to arrange a private tour of this house when Alex and I were visiting the Speichers in the summer of 2005. When Alex and I moved to California last fall, I mentioned that I wanted to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Marin County Civic Center and the Quent Cordair Art Gallery, so Stephen made the arrangements and the four of us were planning a trip to San Francisco next month. For this last Christmas, Steve and Betsy tracked down and bought for me the impossible-to-find Capuletti book – a book that they own that they knew I coveted. And most recently Steve had brought up visiting Wright’s Talieson West in Arizona because he knew that I really wanted to see it myself (even though he’d already been there himself more than once). It was actually because of our close relationship with Steve and Betsy (and with their encouragement) that I applied to graduate programs in Southern California. And when I was admitted to one of those schools, that’s where I chose to be. And I am so glad that I did. Moving to Santa Barbara allowed us to see Steve and Betsy several times a month rather than once or twice a year. The most beautiful way that Stephen will live on in me is through art. Every time I watch a movie, see a painting or sculpture, or find a modern architect that I like, I’ll always be thinking to myself: “I wonder what Stephen would have thought.” And when I find those works that move me particularly deeply, I’ll know that if he were there standing by my side, he’d be feeling exactly as I would be. While I’ll miss you greatly, Stephen, I am just so grateful to have known you.
  7. Stephen's Health

    If you're having trouble viewing the pictures of Stephen, here are the web addresses:
  8. Stephen's Health

    I've spent a good part of the day looking at pictures of Stephen and thinking about the many precious memories I have of him. He was one of a kind, and I am proud to say that he was my friend. I miss him terribly, and it is still hard to believe that this is even true. Betsy, you have all my love and support. At Thoyd's suggestion, here are a couple pictures of Stephen.
  9. Kipling's IF

    Thanks for posting this, B. Royce! I enjoyed the reading by "Chip" - but my favorite reading was version 6, by "Kayvan Sylvan." I found most of the other versions to be too quick, without much emotion. But version 6 is closer to the way I read it in my head when I read this beautiful poem.
  10. Something the Lord Made (2004)

    I definitely agree with this advice! Very good movie; I gave it an 8.

    Wow, Bill! Thank you so much for all your hard work, and for posting it for us to read!
  12. Jewelry grade artificial diamonds

    Ooh, great topic! I love jewelry, and while diamonds aren't my favorites (I prefer gemstones), I decided several years ago that I will one day own an Apollo Diamond! Their slogan is "Nature, Perfected." From Apollo Diamond's website: This is such an exquisitely beautiful example of man's ability to create solutions to nature's "deficiencies" in the supply of a value that is in such high demand.
  13. Frequency (2000)

    Wow! I just finished watching this movie, and it has simply left me beaming. The plot is suberb, and I was on edge waiting for each twist and turn as it unfolded. Highly recommended! I gave it an 8.
  14. Happy Birthday to JMR

    Happy Birthday, Jared! I hope you and Becky did something special to celebrate the day!
  15. Is This Art?

    I would also like to thank Mac very much for starting this thread! Though some works are a little too dark for my tastes, I really like the drama and fantasy in Linda Bergkvist's work. Her work can be seen at the site called Furiae, which Stephen just posted about. It is amazing how philosophically terrible these artists are, and yet what an extraordinary style they have! I really love: The artist is Marta Dahlig. I found this artist from a link from a website that also sells the works of Linda Bergkvist. Pints are also available here.