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ICONIC SOUNDS

WHAT SINGLE SOUND best characterizes your home city or country? For the latter, national anthems are easy choices, but not what I have in mind. This quest, by the way, … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

CHOCOLATE, QUAKERS AND THE E.U.

CHOCOLATE CONFECTIONS led me off in different directions. Britain’s Cadbury chocolates ending up in Poland is the principal theme of James Meek’s “Somerdale to Skarbimierz,” in the April 20, 2017, … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

MARCH FOR SCIENCE—FULLERTON, CALIFORNIA

MARCHES FOR SCIENCE took place yesterday, Earth Day, April 22, 2017. They started in New Zealand and Australia and ran through time zones around the world. In Berlin, a March … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

HOLMES AND (POLYPHONIC) MOTETS

ROLAND DE LASSUS, aka Orlando di Lasso, was a sixteenth-century Flemish composer of religious music, Italian madrigals, French chansons and German lieder. Among his compositions were 516 motets, choral works … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

THE BEST OF LINES

“I WISH I HAD said that,” Oscar Wilde remarked. “You will, Oscar, you will,” responded James McNeill Whistler. I’ve often shared Oscar Wilde’s wish, though the fear of stumbling into … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

CARROLL SHELBY’S UR-COBRA

OL’ SHEL’ recognized a good chassis in the British A.C. Ace sports car. He also sensed how much improved it would be with the burble of a proper ‘Merican V-8. … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

THE PRE-COBRA

THE HERITAGE OF Carroll Shelby’s fire-breathing 427 Cobra starts with a lithe British sports car, the A.C. Ace, and then moves to Ol’ Shel’s Fairlane V-8 conversion, the AC-Ford Cobra. … Continue reading

April 18, 2017 · 4 Comments