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Monthly Archives: November, 2017

THREE FRUITS OF JET LAG

BACK WHEN I traveled internationally, I was pretty good with jet lag after the first night. That first opportunity for sleep, however, was always seemingly at the wrong time for … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

REDUCED SHAKESPEARE—WHAT A JOY!

THIS CHARMING book was actually a birthday present from Wife Dottie, and it has easily become a Christmas recommendation to anyone loving someone who reads, be that someone a spouse, … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

CELEBRATING ALL THE CODE TALKERS

SEVERAL DAYS ago in celebrating Thanksgiving here at SimanaitisSays, I cited “more than a dollop of respect for Navajo, Cherokee, and Choctaw code talkers,” World War II communications personnel whose … Continue reading

November 28, 2017 · 4 Comments

ON GRANGERIZING AND OTHER FUN WITH PRINTS

IMAGES SHARED before photography were typically prints of one sort or another. As its name suggests, a woodblock print has its image chiseled into the block. An intaglio print is … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

JAGUAR C-TYPE

By 1953, JAGUAR had a real success story in its C-Type. This British racing sports car was introduced in 1951 and won that year’s Le Mans 24-hour race in its … Continue reading

November 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

CULTURAL BITS—SOME CORRECT, OTHERS POSSIBLY MISLABELED

“FRANZ SCHUBERT was just making up those Impromptu piano pieces as he went along.” “Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 is really pathetic.” “And so is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.” “Cinderella’s … Continue reading

November 25, 2017 · 5 Comments

THANKS, MR. AVAKIAN

ANOTHER THING for which I can be thankful is the life so richly lived by George Avakian, who died November 22, 2017, at age 98 in New York City. Over … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · 2 Comments