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MOB TALK, SELF-SELECTED PART 2

THIS CELEBRATION of mob vernacular has turned out to be more compelling than I expected. Yesterday, I didn’t even get through the C’s. Today in Part 2, I will be … Continue reading

April 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

MOB TALK, SELF-SELECTED PART 1


MY MOB experience is modest indeed. I enjoyed The Godfather, 1972, but have viewed it only once. I saw neither Godfather Part II, 1974, nor Godfather Part III, 1990. I … Continue reading

April 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

“THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH” PART 2

THORNTON WILDER adopted a cosmic view when he composed The Skin of Our Teeth, a history of mankind that intermingled prehistoric creatures, ancient Greeks, classic literary characters and a family … Continue reading

April 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

“THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH” PART 1

AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHT Thornton Wilder called The Skin of Our Teeth “the most ambitious project I have ever approached.” And no wonder. The play mixes the early 1940s with prehistoric times, … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: AT SIXES AND SEVENS

THE WORLD, it has been said, is “at sixes and sevens.” On the other hand, researching this phrase gave me some comforting insight into the practice of etymology and, indeed, … Continue reading

April 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

WHENCE U.S. OIL THESE DAYS?

WHAT WITH the world at sixes and sevens (now there’s a phrase to investigate!), it’s worth identifying the sources of petroleum and its products imported into the U.S. Recent data … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

MY BENTLEY GARAGE FIND

THIS GARAGE find of mine isn’t a car—It’s a book. And what a find! Here are a few tidbits gleaned from this book. W.O. Bentley and the Red Baron had … Continue reading

April 19, 2018 · Leave a comment