First of all, remember John Claridge, from August? If you do, you might also remember that we plugged a tiny little publication of his, called Another Time, Another Place. It wasn't really a book, more like a pamphlet with some representative images in it—veritable ephemera—but on the other hand, it only cost £4 ($6.50). It sold out in an hour.
Well, there's a new one, called Along the Thames (that's pronounced "tems," for those of you who didn't know that), on press as we speak. This one's £5. (I can't buy one, because my PayPal account is down for maintenance. Frowny face.)
Here's where you go to get it. Orders will be shipped next Wednesday. These won't last long—there are only 100 numbered copies.
UPDATE: After I posted this, I took an hour out to write a political post announcing my run for the Presidency*—and when I looked up, Along the Thames was sold out. As for the post, don't worry, I won't publish it, but, as Craig Ferguson says, "made myself laugh, and that's half the battle."
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Also, I don't usually pass along Amazon "Gold Box" deals unless they have something directly to do with photography, but today I can't resist—they're offering the Blu-Ray of Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai for half off. This movie has always been on my personal ten best list (for what that's worth), since I saw it in college, while other movies drift in and out of the top ten. It's the story of a tiny Medieval Japanese village that's being threatened by a band of brigands. The villagers pool their resources and hire seven samurai—wandering independent warriors—to protect them. It's got everything you want a classic movie to have: a crackling narrative, wonderful photography, great acting, just enough of a love story, and fight and battle scenes aplenty—and along the way, humor, pathos, tension, character studies, and more great scenes than you can count. It's the greatest masterpiece of one of the world's greatest directors from the age of photography, before computer effects took over movies.
Very highly recommended, for the twenty-eight people within the sound of my voice who have never seen it.
*From the SOTS Party, which is short for the Cranky People Who Are Sick of This Sh*t Party.
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Paul Crouse, Kyoto, Japan: "My late Japanese father-in-law loved that movie so much that he named my wife after the only female character in the movie who had a name. In one scene in the mist of a battle, the young samurai in love with the young woman runs out out of his secure position to find her, shouting her name: 'Shino! Shino! Shino!' Ah... to be in love with a woman named Shino...."