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Monthly Archives: December, 2016

JAPAN SET DESIGN 1979–1983

THIS BOOK, PUBLISHED in 1985, is three decades old, but its stage and television set designs seem as fresh as today’s. Plus, from a bibliophilic point of view, it’s simply … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

RIFFING OFF

I CONFESS TO being sometimes a little behind the identification of trends. For example, in the November 3, 2016, issue of the London Review of Books I learned the term … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · 3 Comments

THINKING–AND THE TURK

HOW DO WE think? In these days of artificial intelligence, not to say unexpected political outcomes, this question is a non-trivial one. A new book on this, and more, is … Continue reading

December 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPITFIRE FLYING, SELF-TAUGHT

I WAS SORTING through one thing and another when I came upon the British Air Ministry’s 1943 Air Publication 1565K, Spitfire F XII Pilot’s Notes. The Supermarine Spitfire single-seat fighter … Continue reading

December 17, 2016 · 3 Comments

CELEBRATING WWW: WRETCHED WRITERS WELCOME

VICTORIAN AUTHOR Edward Bulwer-Lytton couldn’t have sensed his place in literary history when he began his 1830 novel Paul Clifford with these immortal words: “It was a dark and stormy … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 · 4 Comments

PATATAS, PIMIENTOS Y LANGOSTINOS

HERE IN THE U.S., the Spanish word langostino describes the squat lobster. It’s neither prawn, nor shrimp, nor a lobster, actually closer to the hermit crab. But our local Trader … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

WHAT’S UP THERE ON THE MET’S PROSCENIUM ARCH?

DAUGHTER SUZ AND I are regular opera-goers, thanks to the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD presentations in movie theaters around the world. The view of the Met’s Lincoln Center home … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 2 Comments