Monday, January 26, 2009

Steven Levitin , Oz Collector, Passes Away


We all have one on eBay. We all have a story about how our name came to be. Some are obvious, some are absurd, some are funny, some are cute and then there are some that are, well, truly meaningful. Mine is gr8hrts. Yes I am told that I have a heart of gold, a really great heart, but my story goes deeper. You see, On New Years Eve 12/31/99, I was the lucky recipient of a new heart. Yes, I was gravely ill and wasn't expected to make it another 2-4 weeks without a donor heart. Fortunately for me, my wife, my daughters, my dogs, my fish and of course my Oziana Artifacts, I was blessed with the fortune of life once again. I have met my donor family and their friends, spoke at my donor's high school graduation and even accepted his diploma post humulously. An honor and privilege. I live each day to the fullest. I compete in the Transplant Olympic Games and have even won medals. Most recently for Golf, I have been playing since I was 4 years old. I love the game. I hope that you enjoyed learning a bit more about me

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Mark Kirchner Manzanar Pilgrimage Exhibition at Soka University

Mark Kirchner, world renowned photographer and book binder, will be holding a exhibition of his photographs at Soka University in Aliso Viejo, California ( from FEBRUARY 1-MAY 15, 2009.

Marks photographic craft was formed in 1979 by his studies with Ansel Adams and later as a group leader for Adams in his legendary Yoemite Workshop.

The photo exhibit will focus on Manzanar National Historic Site where americans of Japanese desent were kept during World War 11.
All photographs of Manzanar taken by Mark Kirchner Please call for gallery hours949-480-4000

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Wizard Of Oz and Philosophy

'The Wizard of Oz and Philosophy: Wicked Wisdom of the West'
Book explores Wizardly works from philosophical perspective
—Charles Leroux
January 6, 2009
"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by Lyman Frank Baum, and the later movie "The Wizard of Oz," the rock musical "The Wiz," the Elton John album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and the blockbuster musical "Wicked," add up to a tale that has permeated our culture.Who doesn't know what to sing when the wicked witch melts, where the yellow brick road leads and who was Dorothy's companion on her odyssey? Now there's a book that looks at the why of all that from a philosophical point of view."The Wizard of Oz and Philosophy: Wicked Wisdom of the West," published Nov. 25, is edited by Randall Auxier and Phillip Seng.
Auxier, a philosophy professor at Southern Illinois University, was approached by Open Court Publishing Co., which has produced a series of books combining popular culture icons like "The Simpsons" and Harley-Davidson with concepts of philosophy. "They asked me to edit one or more books from a list of topics. I saw 'Bruce Springsteen and philosophy' and 'The Wizard of Oz and philosophy' and was excited."He chose both, first Springsteen, then he was off to see the Wizard. When he researched, he found that the 1900 book and the 1939 movie clearly reflected their times. "The book was more for entertainment, while the film had the sense of a rising Nazi Germany with flying monkeys that looked like Luftwaffe bombers," he said.The book raises questions about what is scary, just who the wizard is, and, as Auxier said, "Why in the world would Dorothy want to go home to a flat, gray Kansas?"

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Mark Shapiro. Oz Collector Meets Lynyrd Skynrd

Mark Shapiro, Oz Collector at the Freebird nightclub in Jacksonville, Florida

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