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Monthly Archives: June, 2015

A BEWILDERING SWIRL OF LIFE

THERE’S AN ecosystem at least as significant as the Earth’s rainforests in its richness, diversity, sustenance and epochal importance to mankind. Because of the miniscule character of its constituents, though, … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 3 Comments

QUENTIN CRISP—A LIFE OF STYLE

QUENTIN CRISP was the 20th century’s Oscar Wilde. He was a man of extravagant lifestyle and immense wit. Paraphrasing the Noël Coward song title, Crisp referred to himself as “one … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

MYSTERIOUS DODGE MINIVAN ROAMING SOCAL

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA is finally catching up to northern California and the New York City area. Yesterday in a local mini mall parking lot, a dark hued Dodge minivan mingled with … Continue reading

June 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

STANGUELLINI—FROM TIMPANI TO MACCHINE SPORTIVE

REGIONE Emilia-Romagna is rightfully known as Motor Valley. This northern Italian region begat Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and the wonderfully passionate famiglia Stanguellini. In Modena, an ancient town of the region, … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

HAMLET—A GRAPHIC TALE

I WAS rereading Hamlet the other day. Not in The Annotated Shakespeare, but my Classics Illustrated comic book, a version that introduced a lot of us to “Stories by the World’s … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE GAME’S AFOOT, KIDS (AND GROWNUPS TOO)

NORTHBOUND DRIVERS on Interstate 5 in Santa Ana, California, encounter an outsized canted cube, the DiscoveryCube Orange County, a wonderfully interactive kids’ museum. The DiscoveryCube is also a destination this … Continue reading

June 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

RACING ON THE BOARDS

JUST AS roads of wood planks had their heyday, so it was with race tracks surfaced in this same material. In fact, the first board track in the U.S. was … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

ROAD & TRACK, PLANK AND BOARD, RESPECTIVELY

IN THE infancy of automotive travel—and racing—California was the home of a road—and a track—made of wood. Today, I share tidbits of plank roads; tomorrow, of a board track. The … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

ROBERT MERRILL: BARITONE AND MAN OF LETTERS

BARITONE ROBERT Merrill must have been a hoot as well as a Metropolitan Opera stalwart from 1945 to 1976. Well, there was the time in 1951 when the Met’s high-toned … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

TARUFFI’S BISILURI

PIERO TARUFFI was a race driver—and also a dott. Ing. This Italian doctorate, equivalent to the English MEng degree, gave Taruffi the ability, and ambition, to design his own competition … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 1 Comment