Biking Across Belgium, Part II

{Ed. Note: This is the second part of a two part article from Books and Vines contributor Dlphcorcl. As occasionally done, this article has nothing to do with books or wine, but with travel. Part One introduced readers to the concept and specifics of the trip and the first four cycling days. Part Two covers the next four cycling days, concluding with a ride into the historic medieval town … Continue reading Biking Across Belgium, Part II

Biking Across Belgium, Part I

{Ed. Note: This is an article from Books and Vines contributor Dlphcorcl. As occasionally done, this article has nothing to do with books or wine, but with travel. Part One will introduce readers to the concept and specifics of the trip and the first four cycling days, Part Two will cover the next four cycling days, concluding with a ride into the historic medieval town of … Continue reading Biking Across Belgium, Part I

Random Thoughts – The Undervaluing of George Macy and The Limited Editions Club

There have been a number of times over the years, when talking with various ‘fine’ and antiquarian book dealers and collectors, where a certain snobbery against George Macy and his works from the Limited Editions Club (LEC) became evident. Sometimes timid (“I do not pay much attention to those“), others more explicit (“Macy and his LEC is not fine press” or even “not much more than a … Continue reading Random Thoughts – The Undervaluing of George Macy and The Limited Editions Club

A Trip to Eleuthera

{Ed. Note: As long time Books and Vines readers know, I occasionally take advantage of the ‘A Sundry of Other Things that Make Life Interesting‘ part of the tag line to write articles having nothing to do with books or wine. Often it is travel that gets highlighted, as is this case.} In March, I took the family to Eleuthera, a stunningly enchanting island in the Bahamas well worth … Continue reading A Trip to Eleuthera

The Leopard, a film by Luchino Visconti (1963)

{Ed. Note: A couple weeks back, Books and Vines took a look at the great Italian novel The Leopard, by Giuseppe di Lampedusa. The Leopard is one of the few great works of literature that made the transition to the big screen in a manner which, at least artistically, is not terribly disappointing and, in fact, can stand on its own as a great work. The … Continue reading The Leopard, a film by Luchino Visconti (1963)

A Visit to Tikal

{Ed. Note: This is not a book review, or wine review. But I did warn my dear readers that I would occasionally intersperse articles on travel and ‘a sundry’ other things!} Earlier this year I was able to take the family to a remarkable wonder of the world, that being Tikal, one of the largest urban centres of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Tikal National Park is enormous at over … Continue reading A Visit to Tikal

Before Midnight, Directed by Richard Linklater (2013)

For those who like smart dialogue of the quality that usually is only found in fine literature, is there a greater trilogy than that of Richard Linklater’s series of Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013)?  All three films star Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. The nine year spacing of the films is simply perfect and shows, as true to life as ever done on … Continue reading Before Midnight, Directed by Richard Linklater (2013)