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Monthly Archives: April, 2017

TALES OF NARCISSUS AND OF MACHIAVELLI

WHATEVER PROMPTED me yesterday to research the Greek myth of Narcissus and Italian Niccolò Machiavelli’s treatise The Prince? Ovid, 43 B.C.–17 A.D., wrote about the Greek myth of Narcissus and … Continue reading

April 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

A VISIT TO THE GOSFORD

THE GOSFORD Classic Car Museum is in West Gosford, Australia, more than 7400 miles from my southern California home. Yet, through the wonders of the Internet, I have just visited … Continue reading

April 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

HEDGEHOGS AND FOXES

THE ANCIENT GREEK poet Archilochus remarked that a fox knows many things, whereas a hedgehog knows only one big thing. Twentieth-century philosopher Isaiah Berlin expanded on this idea in The … Continue reading

April 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

ICONIC SOUNDS

WHAT SINGLE SOUND best characterizes your home city or country? For the latter, national anthems are easy choices, but not what I have in mind. This quest, by the way, … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · 3 Comments

CHOCOLATE, QUAKERS AND THE E.U.

CHOCOLATE CONFECTIONS led me off in different directions. Britain’s Cadbury chocolates ending up in Poland is the principal theme of James Meek’s “Somerdale to Skarbimierz,” in the April 20, 2017, … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

MARCH FOR SCIENCE—FULLERTON, CALIFORNIA

MARCHES FOR SCIENCE took place yesterday, Earth Day, April 22, 2017. They started in New Zealand and Australia and ran through time zones around the world. In Berlin, a March … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

HOLMES AND (POLYPHONIC) MOTETS

ROLAND DE LASSUS, aka Orlando di Lasso, was a sixteenth-century Flemish composer of religious music, Italian madrigals, French chansons and German lieder. Among his compositions were 516 motets, choral works … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 · Leave a comment