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Monthly Archives: March, 2017

DANTE’S INFERNO, A DESTINATION GUIDE

WASHINGTON, D.C. PRONOUNCEMENTS concerning the defunding of Meals on Wheels and of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities are having an … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORSHIP, PART 3

AMONG THE most prolific of U.S. Presidents who demonstratively knew how to read a book is Teddy Roosevelt. Indeed, he wrote a goodly number of books on a variety of … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

PROTEST—CLASSICAL STYLE

THE FOLK GENRE is rich with songs of protest: Pete Seeger’s We Shall Overcome and Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ come to mind. But what about classical music? … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

SCIENCE AND “AIR QUOTES”

ACCORDING TO White House press secretary Sean Spicer, we’re supposed to identify “air quotes” in presidential tweets about surveillance. And, says presidential senior advisor Kellyanne Conway, we’re to acknowledge “microwaves … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

THE GLIDER THAT HELPED TAKE NORMANDY

LET’S CELEBRATE the Waco CG-4A Hadrian glider, first flown 75 years ago. This U.S. glider’s delivery of troops and armament was part of the Allied invasions of Sicily, Normandy, the … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

SHERLOCK HOLMES—CRYPTOLOGIST

WHAT WITH international intrigue being leaked right, left and center these days, I am au courant in discussing Sherlock Holmes’ involvement in such matters, as detailed by chronicler Dr. John … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORSHIP, PART 2

HERE’S ANOTHER in my series about U.S. Presidents who demonstratively knew how to read a book and even write one. Ulysses S. Grant’s literary effort involved his friend Mark Twain, … Continue reading

March 11, 2017 · 6 Comments

IN PRAISE OF DIVERSITY AND TRUTH, AND A RESONANCE BETWEEN THE TWO

TWO ARTICLES IN The New York Times, March 5, 2017, have different topics, but they generate a synergy. “What Biracial People Know,” by Moises Velasquez-Manoff, describes research suggesting that diversity … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

ALFA ROMEO SPRINT SPECIALE—AN UNFULFILLED LOVE AFFAIR

DO YOU HAVE an unfulfilled automotive love affair? Not simply a car of such exotic character—and cost—that it is clearly out of the question. (For instance, “my” 1930 Bugatti Type … Continue reading

March 9, 2017 · 4 Comments

A PARABLE OF PROPORTIONALITY

APPARENTLY WE LIVE in times when ideology trumps logic. In particular, there is no logic in the proposed demise of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for … Continue reading

March 8, 2017 · 6 Comments