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Carousel Bar and Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone

Only the actual bar and seats revolve at this venerable New Orleans landmark hotel in the French Quarter. The service area in the center of the carousel (and the rest of the room) remain stationary. 218 more words

Bemelmans Bar at the Hotel Carlyle

Ludwig Bemelmans, the author and illustrator of the popular “Madeline” books for children, painted the 1940s Central Park scenes on the walls and lampshades of this iconic upper east side, upper-crust New York hotel bar. 228 more words

From the editor's desk: life is waiting

Originally published in Issue 8, Fifty-First Year of The Minstrel (February 2, 2017). Click here to view the entire issue. 

I ended last year’s letter from the editor with a quote so I feel like it’s only appropriate to come full circle and start this year’s letter with a quote too. 452 more words


Week 51 - 2016

I am determined to finish out 2016. Week 51 covers December 19 – 25. As always, your feedback is appreciated and encouraged.

The Early Stories of Truman Capote… 342 more words

What I Read

3/2/2017: Go Lightly

“It’s better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague.”

The old tattered copy of Breakfast at Tiffany’s is nestled safely in my bag, in between Old English poems and apples, ready to pull out at any moment. 396 more words


Weekly Wrap Up (January 29)

This Week on the Blog

On Monday I awarded five stars in my review for the psychological thriller Her Husband’s Lover by Julia Crouch, a masterpiece of plotting and misdirection. 1,547 more words

Weekly Posts

Being You vs. Being An Artist

Where’s the line between being yourself and playing to the larger audience? For some writers, artists, filmmakers, etc., I think it comes naturally. You and the person you are often lines up perfectly with what the readers, aesthetes, and moviegoers of the world are looking for. 333 more words