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Monthly Archives: December, 2017

LITTLE CON ON THE PRAIRIE

IT’S AN irony that the sweet, gentle, and heartwarming stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder are associated with literary piracy. At the heart of this Little Con on the Prairie are … Continue reading

December 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

GIUSEPPE TARTINI—DEALING WITH SIGNORINA PREMAZORE, CARDINAL CORNARO, AND THE DEVIL

SO HERE’S this rich kid from what’s now Slovenia, back then the Republic of Venice when he lived at the turn of the 18th century. He marries beneath his class, … Continue reading

December 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

BANNED WORDS

OH, I get it. Trump officials weren’t limiting freedom of speech in prohibiting those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using these seven terms: diversity, entitlement, evidence-based, … Continue reading

December 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

ALEISTER CROWLEY—A FIRST-RATE NUT CASE PART 2

AT A TIME when representatives fail to represent, judges can’t judge, and leaders don’t lead, it’s somehow comforting to hear about a nut case who was first-rate in his outrageousness. … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 4 Comments

ALEISTER CROWLEY—A FIRST-RATE NUT CASE PART 1

HERE’S A guy who invented his own religion, practiced English Magick, channeled an ancient supernatural Egyptian, popped recreational drugs, climbed Himalayan peaks, and maybe even acted as a British intelligence … Continue reading

December 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

HUZZAHS FOR PERLMAN, NASH, AND SAENT-SAËNS!

I’VE JUST heard the most marvelous Itzhak Perlman recording of Camille Saent-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, and it has instantly risen high on my Christmas/Hanukkah list, both as gift and … Continue reading

December 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

DOUGLAS DAUNTLESS SBD—SLOW BUT DEADLY

LET’S CELEBRATE an aircraft that contributed mightily to our victory in the Pacific in World War II, the Douglas Dauntless SBD. Indeed, the SBD accounted for destroying more Japanese tonnage … Continue reading

December 14, 2017 · Leave a comment