Bob Coscarelli & Tereasa Surratt teamed up once again at Camp Wandawega for another spread in Flea Market Style magazine – on sale now. Tereasa created a pile of awesome DIY ‘paint-by-numbers’ ideas for people to be inspired by. Her crafty pieces move the pictures off the walls, and have been reimagined into all sorts of clever pieces from: coasters to necklaces; to gift wrapping & placemats. Check it out! So fun.
Dark Matter Coffee is a small-batch craft coffee roasters right here in our backyard [literally] in Chicago’s Ukrainian village. I was super excited to see their new packaging today – our favorite coffee just got more fabulous with a fresh new package to wrap it up in. We couldn’t be more proud to see this small business grow – they deserve it. Check out the roaster in action on Western in the ‘steam-punkesque’ express coffee-shop open during morning commuter hours, or pop around the corner [on Chicago Ave] to Star Lounge where it all started.
Super excited to have had the opportunity to work in collaboration with Bob Coscarelli [aka husband] writing a story to go with his lovely photographs for the stunning May issue of Lonny Magazine. The article is on Civita, and with four previous blog posts on the tiny town, we all know how much I love that place. It truly is an amazing experience, and I seriously could wax poetic about it forever, so having it appear in a hugely successful publication like Lonny makes my heart sing. Head on over here and jump to page 148 to read the article. OH! And SO totally geeked to be in an issue no-less with Kelly Wearstler on the cover!
Here is the proof – our names printed as ‘Contributor’. I hope this isn’t the only opportunity we get to work with the team at Lonny, they are so wonderful, supportive and super encouraging. A BIG thanks to Lonny Magazine [especially Irene Edwards - Executive Editor] for giving me the chance to write the piece. It was so fun, we love your publication.
Sharing another Travel Guide. This time this one is for Rome, and I have utilized a different style of journal. I found the spiral bound book to be more stealth & compact on the travel trails, however the pages were a little smaller so hard to get articles from magazines on the pages. Here are the pages in PDF format for easier reading if you are interested. These are just a few samples, I think these pages are the most universal to share, the others had specific details to our trip & timetable. Enjoy.
- On the Banning of Institutionalized New Work - I am banning the viewing of new work in Contemporary and Modern Art Museums until further notice – oh you can view the genre – if you like – but I’m out – for a while – I’ve banned things for myself before – I ban things I tire-of or sicken-of – to prevent myself from developing an all-out hatred-for – and when sufficient time has passed – when I believe they will again be of value – I allow them to return – there is currently – in effect – a ban on Crème brûlée – a dessert so over-exposed – I fear it may never again excite – time will tell – another dessert on the banned list – for some years now – is Tiramisu – once the welcome pick-me-up of the trattoria-craze days – eaten now – Tiramisu is a guaranteed let you down – also in effect – is a ban on the blanket thoughtless ebay-like use – of the term “mid-century modern” – banned in the hope that – prior to it ever falling out of my mouth – I will opt for specificity and detail – and while – “I admire those 1947 George Nelson bubble lamps.” – may take a bit of thought to utter and research to understand – I believe it is a far more interesting a statement to make than the grating and tiresome – “I love those (you-know-what) lamps.” – Contemporary Dance is also banned – banned until thick-thighed women stop running in circles – circle running – contact improvisation – dramatically slow slow-motion gestures – that swing-release thing – surely the last drop of meaning – for our time anyway – has been extracted from these actions – I attempted to lift this ban – last summer – and attended an evening of contemporary dance – but dammit if the muscly-legged ladies did’t start that circle run – and within minutes of the opening curtain no less – why do they still do that? – banned – I ban more established things too – in the realm of art – there is a permanent ban on the Impressionists – as well as Kandinsky – which brings me to my Contemporary and Modern Art Museum new work ban – I’ve loaded up on new work over the past few weeks – and I have had my fill – actually – I have had my fill of new work for the last decade – but like any good soul – I try to nourish an appreciation for the arts – and I have given new work chance after chance to leave me gasping for air – oh there is the inspired piece here and there – but what boredom and pretense one must endure to find it – rooms filled with televisions – something different playing on each one – again – photographs of the raw realness of this world – again – large or small objects in repetition – again – a room full of refrigerators covered with small mirrors – a room full of suitcases – a room full of anything really – globes – driftwood – plastic spheres – trite video installations – with numbing I-just-picked-up-a-keyboard-for-the-first-time electronic music – a video of a woman looking at photographs – a woman making a pot juxtaposed with a taxidermist – a staged brutal interrogation of a blindfolded woman – in German – and then there’s the audible strained breathing that seems a necessity for any video work that explores the human body – this week I watched a video of a piano on fire in a field – it was projected onto four large video screens – in a space more than twice the size of my home – I watched – I waited for something else to happen – nah – it burned and looped and burned and looped – and then there’s the digital this and that – and here we go again – oh the reek of the interactive multi-media installation – and all so serious – and revered – most institutional new work – so oppressively guarded – one is fearful of cracking a smile even if one is amused – all the stinking pyrite one must sift through while panning for gold – for what? – a glimpse into the human condition? – the proponents of such places may say I don’t get it – I’m missing something – that I am merely pedestrian – but I don’t think so – I read every damn line the curator puts up – and if available – the artist’s statement – I am obsessive like that – all that blather about the relationships between this and that – all that haughty art-speak – all that what the artist is trying to convey hoo-hah – how so and so looks at the themes of x, y, and z – more than the works themselves – this is the stuff that unnerves me the most – the emperor’s new clothes of copywriting – in place – to distract you from the fact – that in these hallowed halls – not much new is happening – has been happennıng – someone pleas rub me wıth meat already – I think – there is so much newness in our age – why am I observing this room full of televisions again – yes – I have had my fill – and don’t pipe-in with but you haven’t seen the work of so and so – because so and so has chosen poor company – I regret the need to do this – i do – but until further notice – and perhaps an international cultural shift – I am banning the viewing of new work in Contemporary and Modern Art Museums – for a time – I shall remain open to galleries and individual shows – provided there is no copy to read — I had a marvelous dessert last night – a luscious quince – in syrup – with cream so thick it had to be knife-cut – and it was far more interesting and inspiring than any new work I have seen in a Contemporary or Modern Art Museum in some time – such beauty – I should like to fill a room with this dessert – and have people come to eat it – without commentary – period -
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This is a Travel Guide from when we lasted visited Amsterdam in 2012, Again a selection of a few pages out of my ‘homemade / designed’ travel guide, and with a PDF version for easier reading. Please excuse the scanning efforts, it was a mammoth undertaking to get these FINALLY scanned, the work is a little slap-dash. Hope this is useful for your trip.
Do you have any suggestions on what ‘to do’ or ‘to see’ or ‘to eat / drink’? Updated recommendations are always welcome, along with any links to other travel guides that you like.
- sadly – Clamato – and Catalina Dressing – aren’t flying off the shelves – the way they used to -
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Remeber that NOLA guide I created because I could never find the perfect travel guide so I took matters into my own hands and started creating my own. Well here is one that I created a year ago but have been too busy with work to get scanned, from our trip to LA. It was simply put together by gathering recommendations from friends, cutting out news articles, printing pieces from blogs, clippings from magazines you name it. All of it is then either: cut; pasted; hand written; and/or taped to the pages of a Moleskine book — and away we go. These are a few of my fave pages from the LA book – scanned for Passport Delicious as she is about to head to LA on her first trip ever [Here is the PDF version --> LA-Travel-Guide-2012].
What’s To Be Done With John Kamys
What’s to be done with John Kamys?
That blabbering dull ignoramus.
He’s rather a slob.
Does he have a “real” job?
Oh, one day he surely will shame us.
So what’s to be done with John Kamys?
He tried once or twice to get famous.
But his face was too scary!
His back was too hairy!
His antics we figured would maim us.
Well what’s to be done with John Kamys?
If we killed him could anyone blame us.
His writing is drivel.
He’s eager to quibble.
Let’s do it before he can name us!
And how shall we kill this John Kamys?
WIth his damn jokes that end in “Uranus”
We could chop off his head!
Or his penis instead.
Yes! Heroes the world will proclaim us!
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An Aussie friend has put himself out there and written & published his first book. I always admire people who brave giving up their paying day-jobs to pursue their passions. So it is with both pride & admiration that I introduce you to Jeremy Godwin & his first published book titled Real Life – buy a copy today here!.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always had a somewhat-unhealthy obsession with pop culture and so I decided to write a book that brought together some of the most scandalous rumors and outrageous-yet-true stories of what really goes on behind the scenes of a hit television show.
Where did you write your book?
Well, I started writing ‘Real Life’ one night 10 years ago. My partner was away as my mother-in-law was in hospital, and as I sat down at the computer suddenly an idea for a novel came to me. In the next hour, the first 18 pages practically wrote themselves. I wrote most of the book in the next year then put it on the back-burner while I focused on my corporate career. Then, in 2013, I decided it was time for a life change and part of that involved launching my career as an author.
What books have most influenced your life?
There are too many to mention, as I love reading. However I will admit that one of the first novels that I fell in love with was ‘Lucky’ by Jackie Collins. I bought it when I was in my early teens and instantly fell in love with her character portrayals and insights into the hidden heart of Hollywood. Since then I’ve read every one of her books – I know it’s hardly Tolstoy, but Jackie Collins’ novels are my guilty pleasure!
If you had to choose, who would you consider a mentor for your writing?
I would choose three – J.K. Rowling, Jackie Collins and Belle de Jour (aka Brooke Magnanti). J.K. Rowling because her imagination is so vivid and she managed to create an entire world that has enchanted millions. Jackie Collins because she has built an amazing career, selling over 500 million books and counting. And Brooke Magnanti, who wrote ‘The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl’ under her pen/working name of Belle de Jour and shocked the literary world with the tales of her time as an escort whilst delivering an amazingly well written series of works. I find all of these authors inspirational for their works and their ability to be true to their own vision.
What book[s] are you reading now?
I’m reading two books, as I usually run with something serious and something frothy so I can switch based on my moods. Currently it’s ‘Mary Ann in Autumn’ by Armistead Maupin, author of the acclaimed ‘Tales of the City’ novels, as well as ‘Drinking and Tweeting’ by Brandi Glanville, one of the ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ (I am utterly obsessed with that show!).
Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely! I’ve been slaving away in corporate management for more years than I care to admit, and now it’s time to do something for me. It’s actually more of a challenge to market and sell a book than it is to write it, but it’s a challenge that I’m absolutely loving.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I started writing when I was six – I loved creative writing classes and I think my first short story was called something like ‘The Time I Went Forward in Time’. I’ve loved it ever since and I write for relaxation and enjoyment; it’s only now that I have finally started to do something with all of the things I’ve written over the years.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Without question it would be the editing process. Doing multiple edits can be exhausting and, since I’m such a perfectionist, it takes ages. Although I must say that the whole editing process teaches you patience and acceptance – even after four edits for this book I still found two minor errors after publishing. I almost had a meltdown when I noticed them, until I accepted the fact that I couldn’t do anything about it once it was published!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just believe in yourself and write what you believe in!
What adventure comes next ???
I’m currently editing my second novel – it’s called ‘Wilberforce’. It’s set in the 1990’s and is based on a crazy group of people I lived with in my late teens as well as being inspired by my love of the original series of ‘Melrose Place’. I’m also working on storyboards for upcoming novels – one called ‘Unreality’, about reality television, and one called ‘The Day I Died’, about someone who leaves their family to start a new life. And, of course, I’m busy promoting ‘Real Life’
About the book.
In a society obsessed with celebrity culture, we all want to know what really happens behind closed doors, even if we won’t admit it. Discover the inner workings of a hit television show in the exhilarating new novel ‘Real Life’, based on scandalous behind-the-scenes stories from the entertainment industry!
‘Real Life’ tells the story of Alison Peters, who is in charge of Public Relations for the global hit series called Real Life. The owner of the show, powerful media mogul Richard Harrison, wants Alison to generate more headlines by spilling the secrets of the cast and crew to the world. Will she succumb to his demands or will she take control and expose Richard for the evil dictator that he really is?
‘Real Life’ is available now exclusively at amazon.com in Paperback and eBook formats – visit to find out more and order the book by clicking here.
Bob Coscarelli has been working on a series of portraits for Envestnet in collaboration with New York based Sequel Studios. The client was rebranding their website & and working on an annual report with some case studies on some of the Envestnet clients / advisors. Bob was taken, not only by the great people he got to photograph, he also admired the alluring Chicago offices they reside in designed by the talented Julie Fisher.
Joshua Tree National Park is an easy side trip from Palm Springs. Take 1/2 a day to visit, or more if you are really into hiking. Two key stops are as follows: an easy 1 mile hike in ‘Hidden Valley‘; and the drive to ‘Key View‘ lookout – the name says it all. This national park is truly a photographers delight, I will hush myself now so you can admire the view.
We just got back from a romantic & relaxing get-away to Palm Springs, we went to celebrate my birthday & our 9th Wedding Anniversary. The added bonus we got to warm up our winter bones to see us thru the rest of the Chicago drab weather until we can get outside again, without the ten million layers. Whilst in Palm Springs we day-dreamed about owning one of these beauties in Indian Canyon. The long sleek single level living is so intriguing, and left us wondering what was really behind those doors? Sweeping glass windows letting in mountain views, kidney-shaped pools, and an abundance of sunshine… let us in. Next trip we will be renting one of these house for ourselves to experience it from the inside.
Palm Springs has been on the ‘TO VISIT’ list for a long time, and we are finally making our way there this weekend for an extended weekend. We are looking forward to seeing all the fabulous architecture, and to being taken back to a place in time. We will be staying here and here. Do you have any must do / see / drink / eat recommendations to share?
I have been gathering ideas over here on Pinterest, and I would gladly welcome more thoughts tips & tricks….