Imma Galaxy

The UC Berkeley Classroom of Professor Imma Galaxy. Alice Coltrane / Translinear Light (2004) Jagadishwar _______________________________________________ It’s an interesting time for me now. The final four months of 2022 were filled with intense, work to complete a book started in 2013, abandoned for almost a decade, and then completed at the end of 2022. Now, […]


Dachel Keltner  (Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley) On Amazon McCoy Tyner / Inner Voices “For Tomorrow” (1978) ___________________________________________________ Chapter One Eight Wonders of LifeAn Awe Movement Begins “The strange thing about life is that though the nature of it must have been apparent to every one for hundreds of years, no one has left any […]

Give Me Some Space!

The Train Wreck Scene in The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) My friend Larry sends me the below communication between his professor and him for a course he is taking at USC on digital marketing. At the bottom I weigh in on his message back to his professor. Background: we had both just seen Steven […]

The Face of a Nation

Poetical Passages From the Writings of Thomas Wolfe In an Introduction to “The Face of a Nation” by Thomas Wolfe (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1939), John Hall Wheelock shares a comment made by Wolfe that left Wheelock amazed. It was often repeated: “I’d rather be a poet than anything else in the world. God, what wouldn’t […]

The Anatomy of Genres

John Truby The Anatomy of Genres: How Story Forms Explain the Way the World Works (2022) Review by John Fraim Spartacus Love Theme _______________________________ After the beginning of laying a three-act structure in Syd Field’s Screenplay (1979), the remainder of the 20th century was spent firming up structure, foundation and principles of screenwriting. The last decade of the […]


____________________________ Made about four years ago but got it out from the basement to photograph it. A diorama from the famous chase scene in Bullitt where McQueen’s green Mustang jumps the road while chasing the bad guys. I found photos of the original building on the corner of the scene and modeled this and then […]


The Stadium for OSU game against Georgia Football games are really stories when all is said and done. Not stories structured beforehand like screenplays for movies. But in the end, more dramatic than any piece of entertainment Hollywood can cook up.  For OSU, after Thanksgiving of the year, the Buckeyes were possessed by the most […]

Small Worlds

Promised Land by Matt Albanese Believe it or not, the above is a small diorama made by the master diorama builder Matthew Albanese. See other amazing works of Matt on his website. See a short video on the making of the above Promised Land. Matthew Albanese’s fascination with film, special effects and movie magic—and the […]

Season’s Greetings

The annual Season’s Greetings video from my cousin Dave Berry who received the Oscar when working for George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic (for the 1985 film Cocoon). Music by the great Bernard Herrmann who created the music for many Alfred Hitchcock films.

Night City

Have been a fan of model railroading since my dad created a train layout in the 60s. From a model railroading site from the UK I subscribe to. Most of the time, nice photos of someone’s train layout. Sometimes, a visionary artist (like Fred) appears on this site. Enjoy photos of his night city below. […]