Fifth Avenue’s most insane Gilded Age mansion — Ephemeral New York

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On the avenue dubbed the “Millionaire’s Colony” in the late 19th century thanks to its unbroken line of ornate mansions, one house stood out as the most insanely overdone: William A. Clark’s 7-story Beaux Arts house at 77th Street. Finished in 1907 after eight years in the making, “Clark’s Folly,” as it was called, broke […]

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Reading “The Inconsequential Child”

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We’ve all been there. Some of us have visited those dark places – those sensitive locales – more than others, but we’ve all at some time or another tasted the bleakness that accompanies the negative. What sets us apart from one another is how we handle the harrowing.

In the brave “The Inconsequential Child”, author Anthony Martino deftly but strongly tackles the emotional bellows that comprises the psyche. Presenting the reader with a stream of consciousness writing style, Martino writes with a sense of abandon that makes him endearing and vulnerable – a difficult combination to achieve.

The book unfolds like a moment in time. The reader quite literally is unsure what the next chapter will bring. What will Martino share with the reader now? What light will be shed on this courageous soul’s decision to share his true life?

You can’t change the past, no matter how hard you try. The facts that comprise the past are objective, but the subjective mind just won’t stop revisiting them, trying to alter the ultimate outcome. Martino attempts to overcome his vast emotional neglect as a child with his mature, adult mind and all of the resources that the young just don’t have. The book itself is composed of chapters that individually tackle lessons that the author has learned. Cumulatively, these lessons help to shed light on the constant quest for balancing one’s past with one’s present and future, and how the achievement of balance can be attained.

Sharp and enlightening, “The Inconsequential Child” might be the chronicle of one’s man’s psychology, but it’s the subtle complexities behind every carefully selected words that makes Martino a voice for us all.


Spinning Them Tales

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I’m always reading something or other. That seems fairly obvious, right?

Well, this summer I’ve immersed myself in the trials and tribulations of the folks who live at 28 Barbary Lane in Armistead Maupin’s genius “Tales of the City”. Set in my favorite decade (the 70’s, naturally), this iridescent gem of a novel has zany, colorful characters and plenty of WTF’s. In fact, there are so many funny and endearing plot points that I’m fairly certain many are going way over my head.

Check it out. Once I’m done the first book in the series, I’ll be posting a more in-depth analysis.




Still Not Over “Six Feet Under”

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Since I’ve finished a literal 4 month binge of the entire series of “Gilmore Girls”, I thought I would revisit a show I truly adored when it first aired. “Six Feet Under” was revelatory the first time I watched it, and 15 years later, it’s just as fascinating.

Re-watching the pilot last night brought many dormant memories back into my mind. I was a naive kid in starting college once more, the concept of death and it’s hold on those immediately affected an experience that other people had to endure, not me. To put it elegantly, that is SO NOT the case in 2016.

Britney Spears Biopic Coming to Lifetime in 2017 — TVLine

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Lifetime wants a piece of Britney Spears. The network has tapped Natasha Bassett (Rake) to play the Princess of Pop in a biopic simply titled Britney. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will document the many ups and downs of Spears’ career, including her high-profile relationship with Justin Timberlake, her multiple failed marriages and, of course, her infamous fall from…

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A Gilmore Girls Festival is Coming to the Town That Inspired Stars Hollow — TIME

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Gilmore Girls is coming to life this fall with a festival taking place in the town that inspired the show’s setting. Washington Depot, Conn., will transform into Stars Hollow this October for the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest, a three-day affair dedicated to celebrating all things Gilmore. The town of Washington Depot directly inspired show creator…

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Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown Transforms Into Eleven — Watch Video — TVLine

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You can’t say Millie Bobby Brown isn’t dedicated to her craft. After landing the role of enigmatic Eleven on Netflix’s summer smash Stranger Things, the 12-year-old actress was required to shave off her long brunette locks — and thanks to Brown, you can now see the makeover for yourself. In a video shared on Twitter Sunday (and…

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‘Stranger Things’: Duffer Brothers Promise ‘Justice for Barb’ in Season 2 — Variety

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[Spoiler alert: The following interview covers plot details from the entire eight-episode first season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” Do not read until you’ve finished the season.] While the Netflix summer hit “Stranger Things” still hasn’t been officially renewed for Season 2, its creators, known as the Duffer brothers, are weighing in on what the future of……

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QUIZ: Which ‘Stranger Things’ Character Are You? — Variety

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With “Stranger Things” a bonafide, nostalgia-riddled hit for Netflix, and series creators Matt and Ross Duffer eager to tie up the “dangling threads” left at the end of season one as the streaming giant mulls a renewal, we’re bound to see more of the “Stranger Things” cast. Variety has compiled an algorithm to determine which character you’re……

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Why Are People Left-Handed? — TIME

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It’s International Left-Handers Day, so it’s time to give left-handers some overdue appreciation. There was once a time (a long time ago), when people believed that being left-handed meant a person was more prone to “dealings with the devil” and that the trait should be corrected, according to the New York Times. Thankfully, the prejudice…

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