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Monthly Archives: June, 2015

OPERA FEASTS

OPERA IS a high-energy art form, lots of dancing around all the while singing at the top of one’s lungs. Reflecting this, many opera stars keep their strength up with … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

SLEEP ON IT

ALDOUS HUXLEY’S Brave New World describes a chilling example of childhood indoctrination through sleep-learning. This novel takes place in a London of 2540 (referred to as 632 A.F., After Ford, … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

SUPER LIGHT AND SUPER SENSUOUS

TO ME, the words “carrozzeria” and “super leggera” can enter the English language without their italics. But Italian they are, carrozzeria being bodywork, particularly automotive, and Superleggera being a trademark … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 4 Comments

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