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Monthly Archives: March, 2016

ORSON WELLES FOR PRESIDENT!

NOT THAT there aren’t elements of unreality about this year’s presidential campaigns, but here I present Fantasy Politics, an entertaining blend of fact and fiction. Indeed, mostly fact. Orson Welles … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · 2 Comments

SWEDISH ROADS AS RUNWAYS—U.S. AND U.K. TOO?

THE TOP SECRET part of the photo shoot was Saab’s EV-1 concept car—not the Viggen jet fighter. And this was why we were on the runway of a Swedish Air … Continue reading

March 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

ARE SURVEYS LEGIT?

THE PHRASE “According to a Pew Survey…” typically instills confidence in the conclusions that follow. However, two ex-Pew researchers have reported on controversial analyses suggesting that some broad-range surveys may … Continue reading

March 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

WILL THE REAL BAYREUTH PLEASE STAND OUT

THE WORD “BAYREUTH” conjures up composer Richard Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen and the Richard-Wagner-Festspielhaus, his opera house built in 1876. Or so I thought until I came upon the … Continue reading

March 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE ESTORIL

THE APRIL 2016 issue of Saveur, my favorite magazine of cuisine (and travel) brought back memories of Ayrton Senna’s first Formula One victory, the Portuguese Grand Prix, Estoril, 1985. I … Continue reading

March 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

O.K. BY ME

THE Atlas Obscura website celebrated the 177th birthday yesterday of the word “okay.” The musings of Cara Giaimo, its author, encouraged me to dig into my own shelves. Briefly, as … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

SHOW CARS I’VE DRIVEN—MORE OR LESS

CONCEPT CARS are the icing on the auto show cake. These cars embody the latest trends of auto styling. They often hint at products coming soon from automakers. They can … Continue reading

March 24, 2016 · 4 Comments