Friday, February 07, 2020

India reviewer loves HACK IS BACK

Many thanks today to NJKinny, a well-respected blogger, for 4 stars given to HACK IS BACK.
https://www.njkinnysblog.com/2020/02/book-review-hack-is-back-by-smoss.html
Much appreciated!
To order your own cover t-shirt, visit espace DiGanZi printables page
https://diganzi.wixsite.com/espacediganzi/objets

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Second Guess Press and Espace DiGanZi get a mention

Direct links to two new merch sites in this article here
http://lucire.com/insider/20200122/retail-travel-ed-stanley-moss-launches-merchandising-site-net-a-porter-adds-chinese-designers-to-tmall/
Our first 50 book titles published under the 'HcT! imprint now featured at Second Guess Press.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

DiGanZi's new mechandise website

Hello all.
You're cordially invited to visit espace DiGanZi, a new merch site, which offers books, and printable objects
https://diganzi.wixsite.com/espacediganzi
New items will be added to the printables page every month.
Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Goodreads giveaway of HACK IS BACK

If you're a Goodreads member, you're eligible -starting on the 27th of July - to enter in a free giveaway of Kindle versions of my new novel.


 
 


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Saturday, June 29, 2019

3 new SMoss book titles reviewed by Jack Yan

Travel editor Stanley Moss has had his finger on the pulse of the Zeitgeist for a long time. Over the last 15 years, he’s circulated his Global Brand Letter to colleagues, friends and subscribers. In 2004, this was a two-page crib sheet, sent to clients who had asked questions about branding, and, in Stanley’s words, he found himself ‘wrestling to keep up with terminology’. These became ever-larger, ever-grander annual events, and the 2007 edition is where the familiar ingredients come together. We all looked forward to the Letter each year, and in 2018, Stan reduced the frequency to six-monthly but still managed to pack as much in to each one. The latest is 18 pp., a far cry from the two-pager in 2004.
   The branding world affects us hugely in fashion, where the difference between two labels could well come down to how their brands are perceived; but it goes deeper than that. A world traveller—as Lucire readers know—Stanley brought together inputs from all over the globe, including places where he worked as a branding practitioner, and for many years, the CEO of Medinge Group, the think-tank over which we first conversed some 17 years ago.
   This year, he’s brought 15 years’ worth of his work into a single volume, called Nuclear Brands: 15 Years of History, Reflections and Prediction. As you read through, you realize Stanley’s been extremely prescient, the sort of insight you only get from an expert practitioner. In that period we’ve gone from looking at globalization and social responsibility to social media and the false promise (and premise) of influencers. He includes each of his ‘What is a brand?’ sections, bringing together different professionals’ views, proving that if you ask a dozen different people, you’re going to get a dozen different answers. It also illustrates the fluidity of the concept over the last decade and a half.
   Stanley has chosen to present his work in reverse chronological order, which struck me as curious initially, till I began reading, discovering that the 2019 edition gets us in a world of the familiar—nanoinfluencers, China’s social-credit system, and Dolce & Gabbana’s recent fallout. Read through and you realize that the dates don’t always marry up with when the concepts became mainstream: he’s generally been ahead with what he’s identified, and the genius remains in how Stanley has brought disparate strands together.
   At 239 pp., it’s a wonderfully engaging read, but for those who prefer quicker fare, Nuclear Brands is released with two briefer books. What Is a Brand? is a 19 pp. volume in its fourth edition, with a preface by Fritz Gottschalk and an introduction by Michael Wolff. The book comprises Stanley’s collections of people answering the book’s central question, as well as his own ruminations. The names are familiar to those who practise in this world, many with links back to Medinge: Ian Ryder, the late Colin Morley, the late Thomas Gad, Stephen Bayley, Jasper Conran, Ava Hakim, Malcolm Allan, Simon Paterson, Manas Fuloria, Patrick Harris, Erika Uffindell, the late Massimo Vignelli, and Cristián Saracco, among many others. The next title, What Did You Just Say?, is a fascinating collection of branding terms. This 24 pp. volume has entries from algorithmic governance to zero-day, terminology bandied about in the industry, with some having become mainstream (upcycling, collected 2011), others awaiting their turn (ultracrepdiarian sciolist surely is a term of our times).
   All three are available on Amazon in paperback editions (links above), with Kindle editions for those preferring their books digital.—Jack Yan, Publisher
Read more at http://lucire.com/insider/20190629/on-the-pulse-of-our-modern-world-travel-editor-stanley-moss-releases-three-books/#dEwb6upsl3TKT4LG.99


Travel editor Stanley Moss has had his finger on the pulse of the Zeitgeist for a long time. Over the last 15 years, he’s circulated his Global Brand Letter to colleagues, friends and subscribers. In 2004, this was a two-page crib sheet, sent to clients who had asked questions about branding, and, in Stanley’s words, he found himself ‘wrestling to keep up with terminology’. These became ever-larger, ever-grander annual events, and the 2007 edition is where the familiar ingredients come together. We all looked forward to the Letter each year, and in 2018, Stan reduced the frequency to six-monthly but still managed to pack as much in to each one. The latest is 18 pp., a far cry from the two-pager in 2004.
   The branding world affects us hugely in fashion, where the difference between two labels could well come down to how their brands are perceived; but it goes deeper than that. A world traveller—as Lucire readers know—Stanley brought together inputs from all over the globe, including places where he worked as a branding practitioner, and for many years, the CEO of Medinge Group, the think-tank over which we first conversed some 17 years ago.
   This year, he’s brought 15 years’ worth of his work into a single volume, called Nuclear Brands: 15 Years of History, Reflections and Prediction. As you read through, you realize Stanley’s been extremely prescient, the sort of insight you only get from an expert practitioner. In that period we’ve gone from looking at globalization and social responsibility to social media and the false promise (and premise) of influencers. He includes each of his ‘What is a brand?’ sections, bringing together different professionals’ views, proving that if you ask a dozen different people, you’re going to get a dozen different answers. It also illustrates the fluidity of the concept over the last decade and a half.
   Stanley has chosen to present his work in reverse chronological order, which struck me as curious initially, till I began reading, discovering that the 2019 edition gets us in a world of the familiar—nanoinfluencers, China’s social-credit system, and Dolce & Gabbana’s recent fallout. Read through and you realize that the dates don’t always marry up with when the concepts became mainstream: he’s generally been ahead with what he’s identified, and the genius remains in how Stanley has brought disparate strands together.
   At 239 pp., it’s a wonderfully engaging read, but for those who prefer quicker fare, Nuclear Brands is released with two briefer books. What Is a Brand? is a 19 pp. volume in its fourth edition, with a preface by Fritz Gottschalk and an introduction by Michael Wolff. The book comprises Stanley’s collections of people answering the book’s central question, as well as his own ruminations. The names are familiar to those who practise in this world, many with links back to Medinge: Ian Ryder, the late Colin Morley, the late Thomas Gad, Stephen Bayley, Jasper Conran, Ava Hakim, Malcolm Allan, Simon Paterson, Manas Fuloria, Patrick Harris, Erika Uffindell, the late Massimo Vignelli, and Cristián Saracco, among many others. The next title, What Did You Just Say?, is a fascinating collection of branding terms. This 24 pp. volume has entries from algorithmic governance to zero-day, terminology bandied about in the industry, with some having become mainstream (upcycling, collected 2011), others awaiting their turn (ultracrepdiarian sciolist surely is a term of our times).
   All three are available on Amazon in paperback editions (links above), with Kindle editions for those preferring their books digital.—Jack Yan, Publisher
Read more at http://lucire.com/insider/20190629/on-the-pulse-of-our-modern-world-travel-editor-stanley-moss-releases-three-books/#dEwb6upsl3TKT4LG.99

http://lucire.com/insider/20190629/on-the-pulse-of-our-modern-world-travel-editor-stanley-moss-releases-three-books/#rCPMArm9wqZ13Ph3.97

Read more at http://lucire.com/insider/20190629/on-the-pulse-of-our-modern-world-travel-editor-stanley-moss-releases-three-books/#sE0urlX9E9Ukyd3I.99

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Paula Sweet's new portfolio from Sicily

Paula's posted many new frames taken in Sicily in August. Some will appear in our winter travel feature for Lucire. They're quite evocative views from Modica, Agrigento and other destinations.
You can license them - send an email to find out more. She is also available for assignments.
Here's a sampling



















Saturday, December 31, 2016

It's About Time in Italy

Baglioni chronicles

Florence
Easter weekend and the train to Santa Maria Novella rumbles into town at 9pm after a heavy rain. The station’s nearly empty. Let’s not call it a torrent, but the cobblestone streets are still shiny in the streetlights. I opt for a cab, though I could easily walk it, and five minutes later I’m floating through the foyer of the Relais Santa Croce, up the broad stairs, back to the familiar front desk. There’s a fire roaring in the big room next to reception, and a very happy couple sit shoulder-to-shoulder on the wide couch facing it and I don’t want to disturb their moment, so I wander over to the window and stare down at the street below. By now it’s lightly misting outside, deserted. Why the heck not? The deskman hands me a big umbrella, I say I’m just going to take a short stroll, and out I go into a Firenze I have never seen, not a soul on the street, a glossy night, with the luxury to meander at my own pace. My eyes fall on stray details, the peculiar iridescence of white marble through the diffuse screen of fog, columns and facades which are heroic, opulent, ornate, towering overhead, the absence of noise, the occasional flash of a colorful neon sign in a dark window, unseen sculptures in hidden alcoves. Usually I am jockeying humans on these sidewalks, trying to avoid rear-ending somebody. Tonight I wander unencumbered into Santa Croce, swing through the Duomo, loop down to the Arno, cross the Ponte Vecchio which is empty and feels like a movie set. I lose all sense of the hour. But at 1230am, two and a half hours later, I’m back climbing the stairs at the Relais. “Had a good walk?” the deskman asks, glancing at his watch. “Far too short,” I answer. He sighs. “The restaurant is closed, but have you seen our Room Service menu? We can have something delicious up to your room in no time!”





Rome
Rooftops. I can’t stop staring at the rooftops. They stretch ahead of me to eternity, a thousand shapes, into infinity. From my perspective on the roof terrace of the Baglioni Hotel Regina, overlooking the Via Veneto, a swirl of recollection encompasses me, and I dream of La Dolce Vita, La Grande Bellezza, seasoned with a playful soundtrack by Nino Rota. Somewhere in the streets out there my every cinema dream took shape. My stomach is growling. But the rooftops are listening. Come back into the streets, they say. All that’s missing is the hearty dish of pasta and a basket overflowing with crisp grissini, which can be easily had. You can find that trattoria you liked so much last trip, order a glass of chianti, take a moment to see who’s sitting at the next table. A spontaneous rendezvous? But first, the rooftops with their thousands of stories. They stretch into eternity and now I get it: no wonder they call this city Eternal. Here you have all the time in the world, and there is no time like the present.


Milano
“I can never see all that there is when I’m out window shopping,” she comments. She means, perhaps, that she wants to stop in front of every display, and walk into half the stores where she pauses. She’s sitting in the bar at the Carlton, sipping her Spritz Aperol. She looks fantastic in her winter wool, in her chic sunglasses.
“Did you know,” I say, “that there’s a private doorway here that leads to the Via della Spiga? You can walk out whenever you like. You can come back whenever you like.”
“It is true they change the windows frequently,” she says. “ I can go out tomorrow and there will be new things to happen upon.”
“Undoubtedly,” I answer.
“I don’t need to get in a taxi.”
“You can reach most of the places you like on foot,” I say. “The Duomo’s less than ten minutes away. And that restaurant you liked, the one that published poetry books.”
“Then what are we waiting for?” she asks, taking a last sip, placing her glass decisively on the table next to a half-full dish of cerignola olives.
“I am waiting for you,” I say. “And I have all day. I shall follow you everywhere.”
“You are a magnificent man,” she tells me. “To give so generously of your time.”




Venezia
Real Venetians never walk fast, and here is why.
Venice is built on a foundation of tree trunks, taken from the nearby forests of the Veneto. The tree trunks were pounded into the silt of the lagoon. Atop such pilings the palaces were constructed. It took thousands of years for the forests to grow. Over the space of five centuries the Venetians built their city and their navies from the lumber they harvested.
The Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta on the island of Torcello is the oldest church in Venice, dating to 639. Ferries to Torcello run less frequently than the usual vaporetti, leaving from the Fondamente Nuove stop. Unless you charter your own boat, a trip to Torcello, a walk around and the return to proper Venice will last a half day.
The palaces of Venice went through stylistic fads from the 13th to the 18th centuries, and many were restored in the 19th century.  The Luna Hotel Baglioni palazzo, which is located just off Piazza San Marco, dates to 1118, and throughout the years has undergone transformations from a convent into an aristocratic palace and even a shelter for the Knights Templar. A cruise down the Grand Canal will take you past Byzantine, Gothic, Baroque and Palladian examples. Popular outcry followed the destruction of many architectural treasures in the 19th century and led to the preservation mentality which no longer allows radical alterations to Venice’s historic landscape.
Which is why Venetians walk slowly. It has taken them a long time to get to this point, and hurrying will not be tolerated.




Punta Ala
The horizon cannot have appreciably changed since 1974, when Roberto Polito built his first establishment here in Punta Ala, facing the islands of the Tuscan archipelago.
From the terrace of Hotel Cala del Porto, situated on a promontory above the marina and set among Maremma pines, distant Corsica is visible off to the left, with magnificent Elba straight ahead. To the north on the mainland reside the historic cities of Piombino and Carbonifera. This area’s historic excavations date back to Paleolithic times. Sites of iron mines established by the Romans can still be found on the island of Elba.
The sea cannot be rushed, nor can a voyage under sail. Once you cast off, it could be days before you return. If you can persuade your captain to set sail, he will plot a course to Portoferraio on Elba. You cross the white-capped channel, the same steps which Napoleon Bonaparte took 200 years ago when he sailed into the tiny port on the north shore of the celebrated island. Napoleon spent almost a year of compulsive activity, building a road system, raising defenses, draining marshes, renovating palaces, plotting his escape and putting down a miners’ uprising which he caused after levying taxes on the poor fellows. A year later he left town, bound for Paris, eventual defeat at Waterloo, and final exile on the isle of St. Helena.  Despite the sad end to his story, people here still gratefully remember Bonaparte, in fact a mass has been said for him daily in local churches for the two centuries since he departed.
My plan is a more modest one: I shall stroll ancient lanes and seek out a table at an open air portside cafe, and sample a frate, the local donut which goes so well with one of those strong Italian coffees. Less ambitious than Napoleon, but immediately, sweetly gratifying.



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