My Take: “Gatsby” Best Film of 2013

Was Baz Luhrmann’s take on Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby perfect? Maybe not, but it was visionary, and (for me) unforgettable. With all the Oscar-contenders being released just under the wire, I want to make sure this film garners some appreciation. Here’s why… (read on ->)

Carey Mulligan as The Great Gatsby‘s Daisy Buchanan. Picture borrowed from lily.fi/

Moore Forgiven

A young man  entered a gilded elevator, and pushed the button for the top floor. In his hand, he held a small package. To be honest, he was surprised he had made it so far. “What could have induced Robert … Continue reading

Friends in High Places

On a cool December morning, Dustin Tanglewood awoke to find bright whiteness outside his window. Overnight, his quiet suburban neighborhood had transformed into a snowy paradise. As he took a closer look, there was only one thing out of place, … Continue reading

Loving Detroit

Bertram Mead drew his first building at the age of five. To be honest, the “building” was little more than a few scribbled lines in a silver-blue crayon, but his parents were impressed by his imagination. They encouraged Bertram to … Continue reading

Saturday (Something New): “Legend”

“#4” in Chad Wys’s Nocturne Series. (unaffiliated)

It’s a time-old marvel–
how gossip becomes legend.
How faults are masked,
and virtues expanded.
How facts are abandoned,
and mystery acquired.
It happens slowly…
or maybe not…
but it’s been destine from the start.

– Alex Schattner

The 100th Post: “Nina Faces Reality”

My latest tale, “Nina Faces Reality,” is now posted on Spinning Straw into Gold. I would like to thank Christie, the blog’s editor, for inviting me to write a guest story, and for providing me with the prompts “Los Angeles” and “Reality TV.” Christie’s encouragement and enthusiasm have been inspiring. This story is dedicated to her.  – Alex Schattner  (Click anywhere to be taken to the story)