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Monthly Archives: October, 2016

FATHER DIVINE: GOD, SCAMP–OR A BIT OF BOTH

.THE THRONE CAR of evangelist Father Divine was yesterday’s topic. Today (and tomorrow) I celebrate this man who was an early role model of racial equality for many, and yet … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

A DIVINE DUSIE

THIS PARTICULAR DUESENBERG is more than divine; in a sense, the car was Divine’s. Namely, it was specially built as a Throne Car for the complexly charismatic African-American evangelist Father … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

SCIENCE AND THE CITY

A NEW BOOK, Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind Metropolis is a must-read. A book review titled “Street Smart,” by Sybil Derrible, is in the latest Science, October 21, … Continue reading

October 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

KABUKI, SHAKESPEARE AND MOZART

AUBION BOWERS, known in Japan as the man who saved Kabuki theater, followed this up by writing a fascinating book on the topic of Japanese theater in general. Faubion Bowers, … Continue reading

October 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

ART OF BUGATTI–THE PETERSEN MUSEUM

JUST OPENED AT the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is The Art of Bugatti, in a sense a recreation of an earlier exhibit at the Mullin Automotive Museum described … Continue reading

October 27, 2016 · 2 Comments

NANCY CUNARD: OUTRAGEOUS, SCANDALOUS AND–EGAD–A POET!

JULIAN FELLOWES and his Downton Abbey have a marvelous way of introducing us to early 20th century personalities. Lady Edith’s mention of French aviatrix Adrienne Boland got me interested in … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE D-TYPE JAGUAR (AND A GP’S T’BIRD)

THERE IS no mistaking the principal appeal of R&T, May 1956: A first road test of the Jaguar D-Type, a sports racing car already on its way to legendary status. … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · 3 Comments