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HELLO, KITTY—FROM FERAL TO FRIENDLY

THREE RECENT events got me thinking about the world’s most popular pet, Felis silvestris catus, the domestic cat. First of all, Los Angeles hosted the first Hello Kitty Convention. Then … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

AMILCAR—A ROLLING SPIRIT OF THE ROARING TWENTIES

RACING, IT is said, improves the breed. And, maybe inadvertently, government improves the breed as well. Or at least racing and government combined to the benefit of the French Amilcar. … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

McCLINTOCK No. 1 AND COAL OIL JOHNNY

IN THESE days of fracking and horizontal drilling, seemingly seeking the last drop of petroleum, it’s comforting that the world’s longest-running oil well, McClintock No. 1, remains productive after 153 … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 5 Comments

DUCHESS OF ALBA, R.I.P.

IT ISN’T everyone whose ancestor’s nude portrait may hang in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. But for the late 18th Duchess of Alba, this was probably a whimsical sidelight … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW 2014

AUTO SHOWS are good fun, whether they’re overflowing with live-action glitz or merely new-car curious tire-kickers. Here are some tidbits from our local show of international status, the Los Angeles … Continue reading

November 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

MINI BOOKS OF ART

ART BOOKS are often oversize tomes appropriate for display on coffee tables, but I have a trio of them that would fit in a single pocket. Nonetheless, each celebrates its … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

A MURDER AT TUDOR CLOSE

A SHOW of hands, please, of those who know Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Mr. Green or Mrs. Peacock. North Americans suspect these people of murder performed … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment
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