A Look at Film and Classic Literature

{Ed. Note: This is an article from guest contributor Robert D. Bailey.  Mr. Bailey has had a long and successful career in the film industry, mostly in visual effects (including matte photography for Blade Runner and matte camera for Dances with Wolves, though also as a director, producer, writer and editor.} Film and literature have had a long and often contentious relationship. Many classic films … Continue reading A Look at Film and Classic Literature

Travel Series: Biking Across Northern Italy

{Ed. Note: This is the third in a series of travel articles by Books and Vines contributor dlphcoracl. The first of the series, ‘Biking Across Belgium‘ can be seen here (part I) and here (part II), while the second of the series, ‘Biking Across Switzerland‘ can be seen here (part I) and here (part II).} Although I have visited and cycled in Italy numerous times, I was a newcomer to … Continue reading Travel Series: Biking Across Northern Italy

Ponderings

As Books and Vines hits the milestone of 500 articles (which this is), over 1200 subscribers and growing, and nearing 300,000 page views, I was reminded that I have been meaning to publish a few miscellaneous comments on various topics for quite some time now.  So dear reader, please excuse my musings while waiting for the next book review! Topic I – To be or not to be…. I … Continue reading Ponderings

Books, Vines and….Coffee!!!

An off topic post, for sure. Not a book. Not a bottle of wine.  What????  Well, it is something that reflects the same principle. Well designed and hand-made. There are not many consumer products these days that reflect beautiful form. In today’s world of super mass production, cheaply made, plastic molded ugliness, I stumbled across a coffee maker that belongs in the kitchen of any … Continue reading Books, Vines and….Coffee!!!

Travel Series: Biking Across Switzerland, Part II

{Ed. Note: This is Part II of a travel article from Books and Vines Contributor Dlphcoracl. Part I can be seen here. Note that all pictures in the article can be shown in enlarged high resolution format simply by clicking on it. A second click will bring even more resolution and enlargement.} Day 6: Bern to Gruyeres (48 miles) Today marks the transition between Swiss-German and French Switzerland and it … Continue reading Travel Series: Biking Across Switzerland, Part II

Travel Series: Biking Across Switzerland, Part I

{Ed. Note: This is Part I of a travel article from Books and Vines Contributor Dlphcoracl. Part II will be published in a few days. Note that all pictures in the article can be shown in enlarged high resolution format simply by clicking on it. A second click will bring even more resolution and enlargement.} This year’s cycling trip, Biking Across Switzerland, was in several … Continue reading Travel Series: Biking Across Switzerland, Part I

Shakespeare on Stage and Screen

{Ed. Note: This is a guest article from Books and Vines reader Scholasticus. I took his advice on a couple recommendations below and agree the productions are spectacular! These are highly recommended.}   Shakespeare is one of the most popular English authors: many studies and surveys reiterate the fact that his works are among the most frequently printed and read after the Bible. To read Shakespeare is … Continue reading Shakespeare on Stage and Screen