Exploring the Relics of Retail

When I was a kid, I was fascinated by the aesthetics of retail stores and shopping malls. I marveled at the lighting, the decorations, the giant logos, the large photographs and the high glass ceilings. These places greatly influenced my love and appreciation for the many forms art and design. I have fond memories of... Continue Reading →

A Vicarious Ride-Along with a Paramedic

A man leaves his comfortable career as a reporter and dives into the constantly chaotic and unpredictable world of Emergency Medical Service (EMS). He transforms from a frequently frightened novice to a confident seasoned paramedic who often works in the worst parts of Atlanta. This is the story of Kevin Hazzard’s book A Thousand Naked... Continue Reading →

When advertising is art

Advertising. The word brings to my mind TV commercials, unwanted pop-ups, sponsored posts on social networking sites and sneaky ads from radio DJs. I have a love/hate relationship with advertising. Like many Americans, I feel constantly bombarded with ads almost everywhere I look. They often feel like an unavoidable nuisance in our capitalist society. However,... Continue Reading →

Burn Notice returns for season 6

I am excited to say that season 6 of USA’s Burn Notice begins Thursday, June 14th. This action-packed, wryly humorous TV series is one of the few shows I continue to follow. For those new to this show, here is a synopsis. Jeffrey Donovan stars as Michael Westen, a stoic, smart and resourceful former spy... Continue Reading →

Fast Food Nation – a book review

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser On a warm Saturday when I was about 5 years old, I sat outside a McDonald’s restaurant along with my brothers, my mother and my aunt. We kids ate Filet -O- Fish sandwiches and the adults ate Big Macs. For years, I would often enjoy fast food meals like... Continue Reading →

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