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Monthly Archives: February, 2018

TREACHERY—AN ETYMOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

SEEKING AN example of unmitigated treachery, I offer Trump and DeVos’ recent proposal for educational aspects in the fiscal 2019 federal budget. According to whitehouse.gov, “The President is responsible for … Continue reading

February 27, 2018 · 4 Comments

THE AUTOMOBILE AND POETRY

ITALIAN FUTURISM evolved as a cult of the machine at the beginning of the 20th century. Filippo Marinetti’s poem “To My Pegasus,” 1908, is exemplary of the genre: “Vehement god … Continue reading

February 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

MAKE-DOS—DONE BRILLIANTLY

WHAT FOLLWS are scientific counterexamples of the cautionary “Use Only as Directed” label on everything these days from prescription drugs to coat hangers. Science, the weekly magazine of the American … Continue reading

February 25, 2018 · 1 Comment

VIKING MOJO

JUAN COLE is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, with a speciality in the relationships of the Muslim world with the West. I … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

WHAT WOULD $5300 BUY AN AUTO ENTHUSIAST IN 1953?

IN ITALIAN sports cars, $5300 would buy a 1953 Bertone-bodied 208 S Siata, as in Societa Italiana Auto Trasformazioni Accessorri. And, as R&T wrote in November, 1953, a “Sensational New … Continue reading

February 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

KOREAN LANGUAGE, FOR THE LIKES OF ME

WHAT WITH the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and all, I thought it’s about time that I learn some Korean. And, wouldn’t you know, there’s a book on my shelf titled Speak … Continue reading

February 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

BERNSTEIN’S (AND VOLTAIRE’S) CANDIDE

I’M IN GOOD company asking whether Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is an opera, an operetta, or a musical comedy. No less than the composer himself asked the same question, with his … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · Leave a comment