A Middle-Earth Traveller: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor by John Howe

When it comes to the visual interpretations Middle-Earth, there are three artists whom I rank as personal favorites.  First, there is Tolkien himself, whose illustrations accompanied the original editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  And then there is Alan Lee and John Howe, whose magnificent illustrations informed Peter Jackson's cinematic versions … Continue reading A Middle-Earth Traveller: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor by John Howe

Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt by Robert Gottlieb

The world has had more than its fair share of high profile, controversial celebrities.  Name off the first ones that come to mind.  Now dig a little deeper and name some more.  They were amateurs.  Every last one of them lives in the shadow of Sarah Bernhardt.  From obscure beginnings as the illegitimate daughter of … Continue reading Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt by Robert Gottlieb