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“In Samurai Vampire Bikers From Hell (1992), renowned actor and martial artist Scott Shaw tried to combine motorcycles and martial arts. Shaw acted here as director and lead actor. In this film, his character drives his Harley-Davidson to Hollywood to rid the city of ancient vampires with his companion.”

This is the is translation of an excerpt from a book titled, Два колеса в зеркале экрана. This title translates, (via Goggle Translate), as, Two Wheels in the Mirror of the Screen. As I don’t speak (or read) Russian, I don’t know if that is a good translation of the title or not but that’s alls I’s gots… Overall, it seems to be an interesting book composed about biker films.

I’ve always been intrigued by Russian heritage and culture. There’s just something majestic about the architecture and their history. Never been there. Always seemed a little too totalitarian for me. Maybe someday… Nonetheless, one of my films and I are mentioned in a book published in Russia.

Being mentioned in the writings of other people always kind of strikes me in a strange way. Having my films mentioned in books is also kind of weird. But, I guess it does all go to the point and principle of creation: you create, other people see what you have created, and it causes them to think and possible write about it. That’s a good thing right?

Most people, when they write (or speak) about my films simply want to critique them—put their own seal of approval or disapproval upon them and maybe detail what they believe must have been the creative or production process that was involved in their creation. Though in most cases they are generally wrong in their assessment, but that’s okay, I guess… At least they’re thinking about my films.

But, this all goes to the definition and evolution of culture. You know, recently I was watching this documentary called, The Booksellers, on Amazon Prime. As the title implies, it’s about booksellers and book collectors, particularly in the New York market. It’s a pretty good doc.

One of the points they brought up in it, via one of the interviewees, is how books are out there forever, where as there are so many magazines, magazine articles, and magazine authors that have become lost in the changing of time. Me, I remember when there were millions of magazines on the newsstand. I used to love to go to this one newsstand in Hollywood at one or two in the morning and simply explore and take in all this knowledge. But, that era is gone, as are most of the magazines.

The thing is, once those magazines are gone they are gone. They were not assembled like books to last for a long-long period of time. Most people just threw them away when they were done with them. I know that there are a few magazine that my poetry was published in or my films or I were mentioned in that I have been searching for years to acquire. Searching, with no luck.

This one person in the doc was drawn to magazine collecting via hip-hop culture and her desire to explore the times gone past. Thus, that is the focus of her collection. That’s great. Archiving history is very-very important. But, most people don’t do that. Most people don’t read books. Most people don’t care. Now/today, at best, people read a few lines on the intent and that is the extent of their research. But, with that, so much is lost.

Books, in many cases, find their way to being digitized. The writing is cast to eternity. But, things like magazines, so few ever have been digitized, so few ever will be. From this, lost will be the creations, the research, and the writing art of the authors forever. Not good.

Life, time, history, people, it all evolves, it all/always changes. Pretty much everything was the same for eons but now change is in hyper drive. But, with this rapid change so much truth, so much literature, so much journalism, and so much written art is lost.

Remember to read. Remember to archive. Remember to collect. And, if you are a writer, thanks for mentioning me! Happy