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Tipping guidelines

06 May 2012 - 04:33 PM

I'm curious as to how folks find these guidelines. They're generally in line with what I do by instinct. I notice that a few of them call for $2 where I normally tip $1 (hotel doorman who hails a cab, airport shuttle driver, unless he helps with the luggage). I guess I'm not totally keeping pace with inflation. If someone acts pleasant & has a good smile, I'll always tip more.


Happy 75th, Cinecitta!

28 April 2012 - 11:07 PM

I was led to this article on Cinecitta by a friend's link on Facebook. It brought back a flood of memories of Italian cinema in its heyday.

It also brought back some poignant personal memories. We had a Roman friend who spent his life as an aspiring actor. He'd had parts in Bertolucci films & such. He'd moved to NYC in the 1980s, looking for better opportunities. Got small parts in several films including Scorsese's "Gangs Of New York" - he played the barber in the final scene.

He eventually moved back to Rome because it was home. We visited him there once in the 1990s, he was a kind & genial host, showing us a Rome we'd never have seen without him. We always said "Next time, we'll go see Cinecitta." But there never was a next time & then colon cancer got him. RIP Natale Nazareno, gone but not forgotten.

I think it's time for a Sergio Leone retrospective on my DVD player. :cool:

Earl Scruggs

29 March 2012 - 08:14 PM

Gone at 88. RIP.

Jack Scovil

03 March 2012 - 06:25 PM

Jack Scovil (1937-2012)

Literary agent, Jack Scovil, died February 23, 2012 after a brief illness.

An agent for over 40 years, Scovil began his career at the Scott Meredith Agency, where he worked for more than 20 years. In 1992, he formed the Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency (now the Scovil Galen Ghosh Agency) with two other Scott Meredith veterans. He worked with such authors as Norman Mailer, Carl Sagan, Arthur C. Clarke, Walter Anderson, Edward Klein, Larry Smith, Margaret Truman, James Brady, and many others. He was also a founding Advisory Board member of the M.F.A. low-residency writing program at Wilkes University.


I'm sure few if any have ever heard of Jack, though everyone will know at least one of the writers he represented. Jack was my immediate boss for ten years during my first career in New York with the infamous Meredith Agency. Meredith was a strange, driven, sometimes nasty man. Jack was a nicer fellow; others may have had issues with him but I always liked him.

I just got this news this morning. Oddly, I'd had several dreams about Jack in the weeks before he died & had intended to look him up at the "new" agency. It was probably already too late even then. I don't know what this means but it's sure another reminder to seize the day.

ISO Brooklyn / Fort Greene recs

07 February 2012 - 03:10 PM

Wondering if anyone has recommendations for good food & quick service in the area of Greenlight Bookstore at 686 Fulton.

I have an early event there tomorrow night & would like to grab a decent fast meal beforehand. I don't know the area at all so any help will be welcomed.