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Monthly Archives: November, 2018

“POP” GOES THE EASEL

“FOR AS LONG AS there have been people putting art on a pedestal,” Jamie James writes, “there have been others, usually artists themselves, who have taken delight in pulling it … Continue reading

November 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

NO DEAL BREXIT AND THE AUTOMOBILE

GLOBALISM VERSUS NATIONALISM are concepts lurking in Brexit, Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Brexit is based on a June 23, 2016, referendum in the United Kingdom, its outcome a … Continue reading

November 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

THE BORSCHT CIRCUIT, THE CHITLIN CIRCUIT, AND PHILOSOPHER SANTAYANA PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we discussed the disturbing trend these days of increased hate crimes. We also learned of the historic Borscht Circuit in the Catskill Mountains of New York. … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · 3 Comments

THE BORSCHT CIRCUIT, THE CHITLIN CIRCUIT, AND PHILOSOPHER SANTAYANA PART 1

“THOSE WHO CANNOT remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This oft-cited and occasionally misattributed quote from philosopher George Santayana is particularly relevant today in discussing several cultural phenomena: … Continue reading

November 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

TAKE HENNY YOUNGMAN… PLEASE

THESE DAYS, PERHAPS only those of a certain age remember standup comedian Henny Youngman. More’s the pity, because he was the master of rapid-fire humor, interspersed with a few bars … Continue reading

November 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

CONNING CAPONE

COUNT VICTOR LUSTIG was the greatest con man of the 20th century. I cannot say “of all time” because implications of recent events have yet to play out. Lustig’s credentials … Continue reading

November 15, 2018 · 3 Comments

FORD THUNDERBIRD—1956

FROM A SALES point of view, Ford nailed it with the first-generation Thunderbird. Introduced as a “personal luxury” two-seater in late 1954, the T-Bird outsold Chevrolet’s Corvette sports car at … Continue reading

November 14, 2018 · 3 Comments

MARNIE—BOOK TO MOVIE TO MET

THIS PAST WEEKEND, I enjoyed the Metropolitan Opera’s Met HD production of Nico Muhly’s Marnie. I’m seeing it again tomorrow, November 14, 2018, with Wife Dottie as a Met Encore. … Continue reading

November 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

IS IT EV TIME YET? PART 2

YESTERDAY AT SimanaitisSays, Part 1 began sorting out my collection of EV tidbits gleaned from Automotive News. Such was the pile height that Part 2 is warranted as well. GM … Continue reading

November 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

IS IT EV TIME YET? PART 1

I’VE BEEN COLLECTING news items on what’s seen as the inevitable transition to electric vehicles. Indeed, this stack has reached critical mass, worthy of Part 1 today and Part 2 … Continue reading

November 11, 2018 · Leave a comment