I Really Dig My Erin Condren Planner

First, a disclaimer: This is not a paid advertisement. I don’t need the FTC breathing down my neck. I’m not that big an influencer.

Now, onto the goodness. Earlier this week, I received my Erin Condren monthly planner — the “Life in Little Squares” edition — which was customized with photos of my own choosing. The photos show several facets of personality: my love for L.A., for film, for food, for Rihanna. There’s a photo of me showing a little school spirit, throwing up the “U” as I stand in front of the U Statue at the University of Miami’s Rock Plaza.

Jay Fingers' planner from Erin Condren

Other pics: the evolution of my first novel, Guestlist; a Lamborghini; a cold, delicious beer at a golden-hued bar; and one of the last photos of my mother and I.

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Photo of the Week: Mimosas

There’s really not much of a story to go along with this one. I was having brunch at one of my neighborhood haunts, The General Greene, and I’d been out and about taking photos with my Lomo LC-A 120.

The LC-A 120 is a fantastic camera: It’s a compact lightweight medium format camera, and it takes magnificent photos. It’s pretty much the medium format equivalent to the legendary Lomo LC-A+.

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Photo of the Week: Morgan Camera Shop

This photo of a now defunct camera shop was taken during my trip to Los Angeles last year. I was staying in the middle of Hollywood, and passed this building on my various jaunts.

Why it captured my attention, I don’t know. But apparently I’m not alone. A cursory Google search will bring up other people’s photos, plus history lessons on the building. For instance, this little tidbit from the Los Angeles Conservancy:

Though the design of the two-story vernacular building has been attributed to Modernist architect Rudolph Schindler, the original permit lists Marshall P. Wilkinson as the architect. Wilkinson was known primarily for his residential work in Los Angeles.

The building’s distinctive signage appears to have been heavily influenced by the Bauhaus School, which taught the unification of art, craft, and technology. It reveals the important role that commercial signage played in Hollywood’s development, juxtaposing materials, icons, and scales to attract passing motorists.

I also posted a black and white photo on Instagram, which got a decent amount of likes.

Picture that. #Hollywood #JFxxLA #jfxxxvi

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The next time I’m in L.A., I think I’ll take another photo, but with a different camera or film format.

Sterling K. Brown Joins Cast of Marvel’s “Black Panther”

Emmy winning actor Sterling K. Brown has joined the cast of Marvel’s upcoming superhero extravaganza Black Panther.

Sterling K. Brown

Brown, who is a veteran of both stage and screen and was lauded for his performance as Christopher Darden in The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, for which he won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, will portray N’Jobu, a figure from T’Challa’s (aka Black Panther) past. He currently stars in NBC’s critically acclaimed hit drama This Is Us.

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