posted by Ian Summers on December 18th, 2011


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I have been following Lou Beach’s work since the 70s. He is a master illustrator. This book marks his mastery of words. Each story is told in 420 characters or less and is every bit as vivid as his artwork. These are word pictures and I doubt that any two people would see the story the same way in their mind’s eye. Each story was posted as a status update on Facebook. Each entry is a short story in its own right.

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You may peek inside of this book on Amazon.com or read excerpts at 420characters.com While at the website you may listen to readings by Jeff Bridges, Ian McShane, and Dave Alvin.

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Amazon.com Review
Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: Lou Beach takes the prize for best Facebook status update on nearly every page of 420 Characters. Most of us find it difficult to reduce the day’s events or our current emotional state to just 420 characters with spaces and punctuation, yet Beach manages to tell entire stories within these strict confines without losing anything you’d expect from a story with no character limit. These micro-stories range from funny to tragic to absurd, illustrated by Beach’s original artwork and collages. Taken separately, they’re the stories of dreams, both broken and realized; of relationships healthy and strange; of disillusionment and contentment. Taken together, they’re the story of life–or lives. Though there aren’t any overtly recurring characters, the stories still combine into a powerful cohesive whole that’s just as fun to read straight through as it is to read in chunks of 420 characters or less. –Malissa Kent

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posted by Ian Summers on December 18th, 2011



Ryszard Horowitz’s book demonstrates what was possible before the advent of digital photography.

This collection of beautifully printed work predates Photoshop and has a richness that will excite your eyes and your heart. Buy this book.




posted by Ian Summers on December 9th, 2011


Kickstarter, A Place where people support creators of all kinds of projects. Heartstormer Thomas Lee, photographer and Alan Kesselheim, essayist have until December 22nd to meet their goal of $3500. They have about a thousand dollars to go. Kickstarter is an all or nothing at all proposition. I invite you all to see this video and to contribute whatever you can to help bring this venture into being. Click below f to see the video then click the link below the frame for more information and to make your pledge at Kickstarter.