"Sittin' in the morning sun, I'll be sittin' when the evening comes. Sittin' here resting my bones, and this loneliness won't leave me alone." Like Otis Redding, Brett Amory left the South and came out West, finding himself pondering, among other things , the big city and its expanse of solitude. Brett Amory: The Complete Works and Selected Essays, published by Vivant Books, presents, among other works, soul-grabbing studies from his Waiting series, depicting the unique shades of San Francisco, New York City and London, while reflecting on the urban experience of ticking time and endless hours where daytime challenges and taunts, and nighttime harbors and haunts. Like a masterful collection of short stories, each piece awakens an emotion. The captivating paintings invite observation, illuminated by thoughtful essays, which just might invite the reader to stay awhile as the entire portfolio lends a fuller knowledge of life as we learn it.