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Monthly Archives: January, 2015

LA PLUME DE MA TANTE’S

I HAVE long been puzzled by double possessives, also known as the double genitive case. “The feather of my aunt” versus “The feather of my aunt’s.” Which is correct? This … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE—AND PLENTY TO READ

THE DECEMBER 18, 2014, issue of London Review of Books features an article by Rose George titled “No Bottle.” It’s a review of three books, Drinking Water: A History by … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE HISPANO-SUIZA ALFONSO XIII

ONE OF the world’s first sports cars was named after an auto enthusiast who was also a king. The Hispano-Suiza Type 45CR, introduced in 1911, possessed everything sporting of the … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

TRANSLATION (ПЕРЕВОДА)

I HAVE Englishwoman Constance Garnett to thank for my discovering Russian classics. Publisher Random House played a role as well for its striking red cover of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and … Continue reading

January 2, 2015 · Leave a comment