Curtis Publishing has a gallery of the 25 favorite Norman Rockwell covers of the Saturday Evening Post. I know many folks may think Rockwell was too sentimental or sappy, but I love his work. His technique is without compare and his vision of the world was amazing.

Also, people forget that Rockwell in his later years painted several anti-war paintings during the Vietnam era.

From NY Times:

  • The Rising Career of a Young Director. No, Really Young. – a fascinating story on 12 year old documentary film director Chaille Stovall .

    Here are a few quote that I thought were especially good…

    Chaille’s wry commentary about the election process is interspersed with the interviews, which can be both tough and comic. Meeting Florida Governor Jeb Bush, he asks, “Are you jealous of your brother?” Christine Todd Whitman, then governor of New Jersey, is asked why there aren’t more women in the top levels of government. Other candidates are asked to explain the differences between Republicans and Democrats. . .

    But Chaille was not satisfied with the opinions of candidates and television journalists. “Kids are out of the political loop,” he said, and he wanted to bring them in. During the Democratic convention in Los Angeles, Chaille and his crew attended an MTV “Rock the Vote” event at the House of Blues. He met Wilmer Valderrama, a star of “That 70’s Show,” a Fox sitcom popular with teenagers, who was exhorting young people to become more politically active. Chaille asked him point-blank, “Do you know who your local congressman is?” The actor did not. Within minutes, Democratic press aides evicted Chaille and his crew.

    AT the Republican convention, Chaille ran into a young boy sporting pink hair and an earring. “Do you know the difference between a Democrat and a Republican?” Chaille asked. The boy’s retort, “I don’t care,” seemed to reflect the views of many young people.

    “Most voters don’t know who their congressmen and senators are, don’t care and aren’t familiar with the issues,” Chaille said.

    No less experienced an interviewer than Larry King, himself one of Chaille’s subjects, praised the young filmmaker’s approach. “I loved his whole attitude, his aggressiveness,” Mr. King said. “He came right up to me and said, `I’m a young kid, but I want to be like you, I want to do interviews.’ ”

    Mr. King added: “When I was growing up in Brooklyn, I wanted to be a sports broadcaster. Chaille reminded me of my own early childhood when I practiced in front of a mirror broadcasting Dodger games. The kid is very professional and handles himself well. I don’t know if he’ll become a broadcaster, but whatever he chooses, he’ll succeed. He’s got half the battle licked: he goes to the hunt. The odds are, eventually, he’ll catch the fox and win big time.”