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Marlan Warren is a free-lance publicist who promotes entertainers and book authors (Roadmap Communications and Book Publicity by Marlan, respectively). She is also a film maker (Roadmap Productions), Reiki Master/Teacher (Light Hands Reiki Studio and Institute), Screenwriter, Novelist, PhotoJournalist, Tai Chi practitioner. 

L.A. NOW & THEN

You can check out but you can never leave...

WHAT'S THIS ABOUT?

My life, your life, our lives inside and outside of Los Angeles and its angels.

Monday, January 9, 2017

L.A. Photo Blog

Master Au, Chinatown L.A.
Neuvo Generacion Mariachi

Archangel Raphael (LACMA)

Fumito Nagasu, Sushi Guy (Ai)

Ai Japanese Restaurant

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Yuri Kochiyama Interview 2009 Segment: "What did you do in the War, Mama...

For the first time since I've been working on this film (since Dec 2008) I was finally able to find a way to post a segment to YouTube (7 min.) that shows the actual video. Very grateful to the Movie Maker software I've been able to put onto this aging computer--although there's no way for me to actually edit the footage yet., This helps anyone who is interested or has donated $ to see what the film would include. Here Yuri at age 87 reads missives from the correspondence campaign she led at age 20 from behind the barbed wire of a U.S. concentration camp, to lift the morale of soldiers and in so doing, lift the morale of herself and the women & girls who participated during their World War II incarceration. Won't you please take a look, leave a comment, donate or whatever moves you to do. Thank you! Many blessings! 
Movie Website:
http://tinyurl.com/YuriFilm

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

"Big with Mercy": In praise and loving memory of George Weinberg-Harter

Note: This is not a bona fide obituary for my beloved friend, George Weiuberg-Harter. There are some excellent ones. Here are the links for them:

San Diego Union Obit

Welton Jones in San Diego Story


“One of the few who know who I really am has died.”
—What Don Draper, Mad Men, almost said

George Weinberg-Harter
Farewell

Back in 2004, when I decided to answer the Call of Rural Kansas and leave L.A. with all its woes and narcissists behind, my longtime friend in San Diego, George Weinberg-Harter sent me the CD set for the Mahler music based on the poetry of Li Po, which I saw as the equivalent of "Don't let the door bang you on the butt on your way out, Marlan." Included in this was an e-mail with the lyrics to one of the songs, aptly titled:  
THE FAREWELL.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

How to Love a Writer



Painting by Setsuko Hayashki
Advice to the Lovelorn

If you value your privacy
 Do not date a writer.
If you have secrets
 Do not date a writer.
If you want to sneak around
 Do not date a writer.
If you want to lie your head off
 Do not date a writer.
If you want to see & not be seen
 Do not date a writer.
If you want calm and peace of mind
 Do not date a writer.
If you do not want to see yourself in Public
 Do not date a writer.
If you want to be cherished beyond all else
 Date a writer.
If you want to find new depths in intimacy
 Date a writer.
If you like the unexpected
 Date a writer.
If you accept your warts and all
 Date a writer.
If you do not care what she does as long as she’s with you
 Date a writer.

Advice to the Lovelorn, Warren, Marlan, November 5, 2016

[For Writers and the People & Animals Who Love Them.]

#poetry #writersinlove

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Interview with Rocker Monty Warren [No Depression Journal of Live Roots Rock]

Monty Warren without the Whatevers
Photo by Raymond Goodman
This interview was originally published online in The Journal of Live Roots Rock:
 No Depression:

On Oct. 22, roots rockers Monty Warren & The Friggin' Whatevers (MWFW) came together at Alligator Alley Native Florida Sub Pub & Tap Room in Oakland Park, Fla. to celebrate the launch of MWFW's newest CD, Far Out Close Up, and the birthdays of Monty Warren, Chuck Berry and local musician/bar owner, Kilmo Doome (aka Carl Pacillo).

"This CD was released on Keith Richards' birthday at the end of last year," said Warren. "But that was the official CD Launch Party because we finally found the time to appear on stage."

The Palm Beach Post named Far Out Close Up to its annual Best Music List in 2015.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Book Review: IMPERFECT ECHOES: Writing Truth and Justice with Capital Letters, lie and oppression with Small (Author: Carolyn Howard-Johnson)



Title: 
Imperfect Echoes: Writing Truth and Justice with Capital Letters, lie and oppression with Small
Author: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Paperback: 148 pages
Publisher: HowToDoItFrugally Publishing (August 25, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1515232490

Genres: Poetry Anthology/Social Justice
Available at: Amazon 

BOOK REVIEW

CAROLYN HOWARD-JOHNSON'S IMPERFECT ECHOES IS JUST PERFECT 

Narcissus knows her reflection
well. She forgets to peer
under burkas, in our jails,
in the beds of the abused,
deeper, deeper into the pond...
                                             —Howard-Johnson, Carolyn. Narcissus Revisited. Imperfect Echoes.

First things first, proceeds from sales of Imperfect Echoes: Writing Truth and Justice with Capital Letters, lie and oppression with Small are donated to the non-profit human rights watchdog, Amnesty International USA.

Reading Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Imperfect Echoes made me want to write poetry. This Los Angeles award-winning poet lays out the landscape of her contemplative thoughts, feelings and reactions with such honesty and deceptive simplicity that they have the effect of offering a peek into her private journals. Yes, it would be wonderful to succinctly express my impressions in a well-crafted poem; however, what puts this poetry on par with leaping tall buildings (and thus out of my novice's reach) is the fact that each poem herein manages the feat of conveying personal and universal relevance at once.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

MY MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW: THE FIRST PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR CRAZY PEOPLE: Making the Best of Mental Illness




Title: The First Practical Handbook for Crazy People [Making the Best of Mental Illness]
Authors: Shelly Glaser with Sherry Glaser
Genre: Self-Help/Recovery/Mental Illness
Publisher: Mother's Milk Publications
Paperback: Pub. Sept. 6, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-692-76460-2   (90 pages)
Kindle E-Book: Pub. Aug. 4, 2016
ASIN: B01JTMPELO   (File Size: 308 KB)
Website: http://www.sherryglaser.net
Author Contact: sherryamore67@outlook.com

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
By Marlan Warren:

The Mother-Daughter Continuum
Continuum: noun (kƒn-tin'yoo- ƒm): A continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, although the extremes are quite distinct, e.g., at the fast end of the fast-slow continuum.
--The First Practical Handbook for Crazy People [Making the Best of Mental Illness]

In the self-help tradition of Louise Hay’s New Thought books (“Heal Your Life”), comes The First Practical Handbook for Crazy People [Making the Best of Mental Illness]. It not only features tips from mental patient, Shelly Glaser, but the twist is that this handbook was not only posthumously published, but co-written with her daughter—award-winning performance artist and author, Sherry Glaser—after Shelly died.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Interview with Author Jennifer K. Jordan: “I wanted to give a snapshot of fathers’ wisdom from across the world.”


Between the fantasy of writing a book and the doing of actually getting the book made can be a long, exhausting process that yields more rewards than it does frustration in the end. Here is one author's moving story of how it happened for her: Jennifer K. Jordan Interview re "Fathers' Wisdom."

AUTHOR INTERVIEW
For more information, please visit our Fathers' Wisdom Media Kit.

What began as a simple tribute to honor the wisdom and love of her father became a life-altering journey for Jennifer K. Jordan, author of Fathers’ Wisdom. Recently Jordan sat down with journalist/blogger Marlan Warren to reveal her 14-year process to gather insights from fathers she believes (according to the book’s back cover) “represent humanity at its best.”

Q: Did any of the interviews surprise you?

A: All of the interviews did that. Every time I interviewed a father, I was so impressed and moved that I thought I could never meet another such fine human being. I was in awe of all the fathers and their love for their children, and their dedication to helping their families no matter what.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Writer Beware®: The Blog: Getting Out of Your Book Contract (Maybe)

When I have more time to post about this, I will. In the meantime, for all you "indie authors" out there, I beg of you to look before you leap into the arms of a "Vanity Publisher." Know the difference between Self-Publishing and signing up with a possibly heartless Vanity Press that will gladly take thousands of dollars from you and leave you with a highly unmarketable book.

Check out this info if you dare:


Writer Beware®: The Blog: Getting Out of Your Book Contract (Maybe)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Machos Tacos in Los Feliz: Lovely Back Garden Patio Photos & Yelp Review


Machos Tacos: Los Feliz, California

I've recently become addicted to the "secret" back garden patio of Machos Tacos, the fast food mecca in my Los Feliz neighborhood. Unlike its neighboring Overpriced Mediocre Hipster Eateries, this modest enterprise hits the mark every time for quality service and low-cost (actually healthy--no lard & not afraid of veggies) yummy South-of-the-Border treats.

No frills in the front. A sign in the window warns "CHIPS ARE NOT FREE!" (Well, they are if they come with a dish and it's not takeout). Friendly guy takes your order through a narrow window in what appears to be a kitchen made for two people--or maybe 1.5? When your order's ready, someone shouts it out (e.g., "Carnitas Tacos! Ready!")

This is a place where nobody knows your name. But they will smile at you anyway, and if there's time, they may even briefly chat or go an extra mile.

Last week I stopped by for their delicious carnitas tacos (love the roasted jalopeno peppers on the side!), and took some photos of this Urban Oasis they've got going on in the back. All photos by Marlan Warren, copyright protected.




My YELP Review:

I am definitely a fan.

I was here one afternoon eating and there was only one other table with customers (outdoor seating only). Must have been kind of quiet because the man who took my order came over and asked, "More chips?" I said yes. And expressed surprise that he goes an extra mile.

"Well, what we can do, we do," he said.

One day a woman on the street stopped me while I was waiting for my food and she said that she'd never eaten here but she had a friend who said the food was so great "He said he was going to name his first child after it."


I did complain recently when the service and the food fell below par when the owner was not around, and guess what? Both the service and the food rate 5 stars now.

There is nothing better than fast service with a friendly smile, paired with mouthwatering carne asada tacos (my favorite) , hot off the grill but not greasy and heaped with fresh guacamole, cilantro, onions, lime...and the best salsa this side of Tijuana. I'm very grateful that Machos Tacos works so hard at pleasing their loyal customers.

May they continue to live long and prosper!


#MachosTacos #LosFeliz #GreatMexicanFoodinL.A.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

You have to be THIS smart to read this book: "The Frugal Editor" by Carolyn Howard-Johnson


Summary: What sets THE FRUGAL EDITOR apart from the pack of standard grammar/style reference books already available is the ease and simplicity with which it presents a ton of well-organized information. With humor and high intelligence, Howard-Johnson covers an impressive variety of topics vital to every author's survival in 18 chapters, seven appendices and one very accessible index that can help a harried do-it-yourself editor quickly find an answer to a pressing editorial question.
***
I received a complimentary e-book of THE FRUGAL EDITOR from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. A version might be posted on Carolyn Howard-Johnson's blog The New Book Review.
*** 
The Frugal Editor: Do-it-yourself editing secrets for authors: From your query letter to final manuscript to the marketing of your bestseller. 

·  Author: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

·  Series: HowToDoItFrugally Series of Books for Writers

·  Paperback: 288 pages

·  Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2d Edition) (4/3/15)

·  ISBN-13: 978-1505712117

·Available on Amazon     

Book Review by Marlan Warren

THE FRUGAL EDITOR fell into my lap like the proverbial manna from heaven. I received the e-book from author Carolyn Howard-Johnson, in exchange for an honest review.

Like most writers and editors, I worry a lot about punctuation, grammar, style and elusive typos. Author and seasoned publicist/journalist, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, offers a Table of Contents that is in itself a work of art with such promising and funny titles such as:
  • "Getting Cute with Caps"
  • "Effusive Italics"
  • "Quotationl Marks for the Two-Dumb Reader"
  • "Ellipsis Dots Gone Wild"
  • "What About Those Double Adjectives?"
What I found inside this comprehensive handbook is a well organized wealth of information that covers the most common editing questions that may still niggle even the most seasoned of editors.

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