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Author Archives: Pat Padua

Pat Padua is a writer, photographer, native Washingtonian, and Oxford comma defender. The Washington Post called him "a talented, if quirky, photographer." Pat has also contributed to the All Music Guide, Cinescene, and DCist, where he is currently senior film critic.

Book Review: Love on the Left Bank by Ed van der Elsken

The gritty photos and rhythmic page layouts of Love on the Left Bank will transport you to 1956. Read More »

Book Review: Day out of Days: Stories by Sam Shepard

It doesn’t always arrive at its destination, but when it does, it more than rewards the journey. Read More »

Book Review: Beyond Caring (Books on Books) by Paul Graham

A dark vision of people on the dole in Thatcher-era England. Read More »

Book Review: Notes on Fulford’s Raising Frogs for $ $ $ by Jason Fulford

A sly send-up of Cliff's Notes, this slim, spare volume nevertheless raises substantial questions about art. Read More »

Book Review: School by Raimond Wouda

A study of teen life that's more subtle and challenging than it first appears. Read More »

Book Review: The Last Resort by Martin Parr

A vividly colored document of working class vacationers in New Brighton during Thatcher-era England. Read More »

DVD Review: Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo is not your father’s nature documentary, but finds poetry in bug and man alike. Read More »

Book Review: Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York (Mini) by James and Karla Murray

If you are at all interested in what's happening to New York or any urban landscape, pick up Store Front, and a Gem Spa egg cream, while you can. Read More »

Book Review: In Almost Every Picture #2 by Erik Kessels, Tyler Whisnand, Andrea Stultiens, and Anonymous

Found photography and tourism meet in this collection of mundane, but finally touching, photos. Read More »

DVD review: 80 Blocks from Tiffany’s

An invaluable document of a New York that was perhaps more dangerous than it is today, but was almost certainly more vital. Read More »