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Monthly Archives: September, 2018

SUBSCRIBE TO AN AUTOMAKER?

YEARS AGO, September 2001 specifically, in the R&T piece “Whither the Automobile?,” futurists at American Honda told me that automaker subscriptions were a coming trend. That is, rather than buying … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · 3 Comments

THEO’S WONDERFUL FLYING MACHINE

“THEO JUST INHERITED his Grandfather’s flying machine. It had become a little rusty and broken, but Theo set to work to repair it.” And thus begins this charming little book … Continue reading

September 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

AS HARD-BOILED AS A SHAMUS’S SIMILE PART 2

YESTERDAY AT SimanaitisSays, we talked about the difference between similes and metaphors, defined the word “shamus,” and extolled mystery author Raymond Chandler as a master of all three. Today, I … Continue reading

September 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

AS HARD-BOILED AS A SHAMUS’S SIMILE PART 1

RAYMOND CHANDLER said hard-boiled literature of the 1920s and 1930s “made most of the fiction of the time taste like a cup of luke-warm consommé at a spinsterish tea room.” … Continue reading

September 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

TAMING THE MACHINE

IT CLUNKED. IT clicked. It rattled. It whooshed. Once it left the Gods stranded from ascending their rainbow bridge to Valhalla. Rest easy, though: An improved Machine is coming to … Continue reading

September 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

BRAZILIAN CULTURE—SENHOR TUCANO, SCULPTURE, AND MORE PART 2

THE FOLLOWING IMAGES and commentary on Brazilian sculpture come from Artista da escultura Brasileira. The Art of Brazilian Sculptors. Die Brasilianische Bildhauerkunst introduced yesterday here at SimanaitisSays. Bruno Giorgi is … Continue reading

September 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

BRAZILIAN CULTURE—SENHOR TUCANO, OTHER SCULPTURE, AND MORE PART 1

TODAY’S PRINCIPAL THEME is Brazilian culture. Indeed, it’s tomorrow’s theme as well in Part 2. There’s timeliness, in reporting on a terrible fire that recently destroyed Brazil’s Museu Nacional. There’s … Continue reading

September 24, 2018 · Leave a comment