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Author Archives: Richard Basch

Richard Basch

Richard Basch is a writer, photographer, and TV producer living in Venice, CA. He spent the last year teaching film history at Chapman University's Dodge College while travelling around Mexico and writing stories for a variety of publications. He has written for "The Washington Times", NPR's "The Savvy Traveler", "Modern Maturity", "The Arizona Star" and

He is currently producing a TV documentary on Herman Mankiewicz, the writer of "Citizen Kane" and doing assignment photography in Southern California and elsewhere. His photographs can be seen at and his writing can be seen at

Romance Amongst Palm Springs’ Movie Heritage


I met her in New York. Sophisticated, had studied history in college, someone who talked about the polishing effects in the sculpture of Bernini. Beyond that we had a clear case of "high enthusiasm" for each other. So, I didn’t want to take her just anywhere. I understood that this would require staging.

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Exploring Boston’s Past & Present on Independence Day


Boston, one of the places where the American cradle of liberty was hewn, is a super choice for passing the 4th of July. That’s where the day moved, to Boston, but it began in Manhattan. I left one friend’s upper West Side flat and got on the Bolt Bus, $20 to Boston with on-board wifi internet and a plug for a laptop: sleek, clean and quick. Dropped me at Boston’s South Station and my friend, Nancy, picked me up.

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Cancun’s ME hotel and a Trip to Chichen Itza


Cancun is so new that it seems almost artificial. It’s an island jutting into the Caribbean Sea, off the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. According to Wikipedia "When development was started on Jan. 23, 1970, Isla Cancún had only three residents, caretakers of the coconut plantation of Don José de Jesús Lima, who lived on Isla Mujeres, and there were only 117 people living in nearby Puerto Juárez, a fishing village and military base."

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