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Monthly Archives: May, 2017

SEEKING PERSPECTIVE, PART 2

AS NOTED yesterday, it was Renaissance artists who learned to transform flat renderings into more realist images through perspective. Four centuries later, the invention of photography presented new challenges of … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · 3 Comments

SEEKING PERSPECTIVE, PART 1

IT’S PERSPECTIVE of the artistic sort that I have in mind. Back in 1967, the Whitney Library of Design published a fine collection of architectural interiors accompanied by erudite commentary … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

A TALE OF AIRCRAFT CARRIER TECHNOLOGY

I’M NOT surprised that the guy who prefers coal to renewables is also in favor of steam over electromagnetics. Indeed, his latest encounter with science and technology is textbook Trump. … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · 5 Comments

HAPPY 90TH/100TH, KENWORTH TRUCKS

KENWORTH CELEBRATES a 90th/100th birthday! Lets join in by recalling when Innes Ireland told R&T that he wanted a new Peterbilt, but we got him a Kenworth instead. R&T’s April … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

MENTION HIS NAME IN ROJAVA…

I’D NEVER HEARD of Murray Bookchin, but this American political theorist and his beliefs are celebrated in Rojava, the Democratic Federal System of Northern Syria, and, at one time, in … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

HAVE YOU DONE AS WELL AS YOUR PARENTS?

IT IS THE hope of parents that their kids will, in some sense, do better than they’ve done. The metric might be wealth, education, status or general happiness. Alas, according … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

CULTURAL TWEETING

IT’S SAID “IF the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.” In a topsy-turvy version of this, I propose constructing cultural tweets that might … Continue reading

May 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

RENÉE FLEMING AND SUSAN GRAHAM—DIVA PALS

HERE’S A celebration of two U.S. divas, each beautiful, charming, at ease and amazingly competent in her art. What’s more, the two have been the best of diva pals. Renée … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

A CANINE FAMILY CIRCLE

A FAMILY CIRCLE that was developed at the National Human Genome Research Institute has been called a tour-de-force of Canine lupus familiaris evolution. The most extensive research of its kind … Continue reading

May 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

TRUMPING THE ARTS

IN MY CONTINUING efforts to relate Donald J. Trump to the arts, and vice versa, today let’s look at operatic characters who bring his personality traits to mind. With several … Continue reading

May 7, 2017 · Leave a comment