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Monthly Archives: August, 2018

SALON: 1931 CHRYSLER LEBARON

I’VE READ some carping about the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance recognizing yet another 1930s automobile as Best of Show. But I beg to differ with the carpers: The 1930s … Continue reading

August 31, 2018 · 4 Comments

LE CORBUSIER’S JAPAN

CHARLES-ÉDOUARD JEANNERET, nom de plume Le Corbusier, was one of the most important architects of the 20th century. Though he has only one building in all of East Asia, his … Continue reading

August 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

MAPPING A PATH TO BETTER WHEAT

THE INTERNATIONAL Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium has completed a ten-year study of the wheat genome, on other words, its cellular blueprint. This research and the blueprint’s benefits to world food … Continue reading

August 29, 2018 · 2 Comments

ON SENDING THE KID UP IN A CRATE LIKE THIS PART 2

YESTERDAY’S SIMANAITISSAYS outlined the reasons for World War I fighter planes of pusher configuration, a primary benefit being its forward-facing armament not shooting off the aircraft’s aft-spinning propeller. Each of … Continue reading

August 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

ON SENDING THE KID UP IN A CRATE LIKE THIS PART 1

AERIAL AGGRESSION in World War I originated with pilots and their handheld pistols, fired almost randomly, or rifles wielded by observers in aircraft designed with this intent, observation. Fighter planes, … Continue reading

August 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAESTRO! PART 2

WE ARE CELEBRATING the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein. After a triumphant conducting debut in 1943, at age 25, Bernstein composed the ballet Fancy Free in 1944. … Continue reading

August 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY, MAESTRO! PART 1

LET’S CELEBRATE the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein. In fact, let’s do it in Part 1 today and Part 2 tomorrow. Bernstein’s immense talents have given pleasure … Continue reading

August 25, 2018 · Leave a comment