28
Aug

A Duet of Book Signings at Larry Edmunds

 

larry edmunds exterior

 If you have not been to Larry Edmunds in a while, I urge you to go — RIGHT NOW!! in support of ‘Indie’ bookstores.  Especially if you are in the biz, interested in the biz, so I guess this would have to include everyone on the planet.  Larry Edmunds was not the isolated entity on Hollywood Boulevard that it is now;  it was in the midst of a host of other bookstores — Pickwick, Satyr, and Cherokee, but sadly, the once glorious boulevard sports tourist traps, tattoo parlors, and corporate giants.

Larry Edmunds interior

Its owner, Jeffrey Mantor, works his butt off to promote writers, movie books and posters, photographs of the stars and scripts.  Neat as a pin, organized, His love and passion has created an immense inventory for your perusal: more than 500,000 movie photographs, 6,000 original movie posters and 20,000 motion picture and theater books.  But all is neat as a pin and organized.

HINT:  Jeffrey Mantor is introducing books and writers all through Cinecon so look for the dates. 

 Now back to the book signing…here we all are listening to Jon Boorstin.

The one and only Marilyn Slater was my escort, but of course, since she pursues anything Mabel Normand, and Jon Boorstin’s book, Mabel and Me, is a novel,  about the incredible Mabel Normand.  

Brent Walker’s major opus of love, Mack Sennet’s Fun Factory in 2 volumes, took at least 30 years to compile is everything one would ever want to know about Mack Sennett.  EVERYTHING!!

Take a look at Marilyn’s Slater’s wonderful discourse on the event. http://looking-for-mabel.webs.com/larryedmundsbookstore.htm

 

10
Aug

Rich People are Loving Gypsy Caravans

 Round roof vardo, piebald horse

Well-to-do folk are spending tens of thousands of dollars on newly built gypsy caravans, and the Wall Street Journal is hot on the trail. The Journal, forever the go-to source for the latest in rich people trends (like water features,absurdly large closets, tricked-out basements, and whatever it is “teen lounges”are) recently ran a piece about how the mobile architecture once used by Romany families (and, you know, wandering psychics in The Wizard of Oz) has become coveted by Europe’s elite, being used as “guesthouses, party spaces, and studios.” These aren’t the typical ragtag, hipster-built “gypsy junkers” one sees pop up on the market every once in a while, these are artisanal and prized, with the details that are an old, Catherine the Great-style opulence. Here are the best lines form the story:

8. Earlier this year, a wealthy Russian throwing a party for his daughter’s 25th birthday on a Greek island decided a gypsy caravan would add a nice touch.

7. The most ornate of the wagons resemble giant Fabergé eggs, with gilded woodcarvings, cut glass mirrors and red velvet interiors.

6. Under his guidance, craftsmen in the Czech Republic build the wagons from scratch, carving intricate patterns on the exteriors and adding brass trim, and, if requested, sandblasting the windows with floral designs.

5. It takes about six weeks to build a new caravan, he says, with up to eight men working full time.

4. The price of his caravans ranges from $30,000 for a simple design to about $60,000 for the most ornate.

3. “It’s a piece of movable art,” says Tim Jasper, a designer whose eponymous U.K.-based design firm builds garden wagons, as he calls them, or upscale, modern gypsy caravans.

2. He sold it for $150,000 to a wealthy ranch owner in Colorado who used it as an ornament on her property.

1. [Another] client […] says she fantasized about owning a wagon ever since she saw one in the movie Lassie Come Home as a girl. ‘It’s like a little dream come true,’ she says about her vacation home.