Category Archives: Books & Films

Book Review: Semisweet, An Orphan’s Journey Through the School the Hersheys Built.

Semisweet is a memoir of a portion of a most improbable journey.  It was written by John A. O’Brien, one of my teammates on Princeton University’s most recent undefeated football team, v. 1964. In October of this year over a weekend … Continue reading

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SF Ocean Film Festival – Birds & Rowing

At a recent college class reunion I was asked to screen a program of film selections from the San Francisco Int’l Ocean Film Festival, which my wife and I founded in 2003.  The program that evolved, a sampler on ocean-related subjects, was … Continue reading

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Speed Book Reviews – good sellers re Twitter & Amazon

Speed review of Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal  by Nick Bilton  With 195 almost uniformly favorable (4 and 5 star) customer reviews at Amazon, another favorable review (by me) wouldn’t add much to the pot.  An … Continue reading

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SF Ocean Film Festival #11 – a brief review

The 11th annual version of the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival ended last Sunday – the festival was a smashing success with exceptional ocean-related films and record attendance. 46 films were screened from 17 countries with lengths of from … Continue reading

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Film Festival “Industry,” in brief

The film festival industry (or marketplace) is quite fragmented. Although many have heard of Sundance, Toronto, and/or San Francisco International, there are thousands of other film festivals known to only locals or enthusiasts. To get a flavor of the variety … Continue reading

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