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Monthly Archives: July, 2019

JACOB REES-MOGG—ANOTHER BRIT, ANOTHER REAL PIECE OF WORK

THE NEW BRITISH prime minister, Boris Johnson has made Jacob Rees-Mogg leader of the House of Commons. I’d have thought a prime minister would be the leader, and historically often … Continue reading

July 31, 2019 · 1 Comment

YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD STORY (OR TRILOGY, EVEN) DOWN PART 2

BEAUMARCHAIS’ STORIES HAD good legs, operawise. Here in Part 2, we’ll continue with lives of the Almavivas and Figaros, sung to our favorite tunes. La Mère Coupable, The Guilty Mother … Continue reading

July 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD STORY (OR TRILOGY, EVEN) DOWN PART 1

CULTURAL TALES CAN lead to literary works, then be transformed into operas. The myths of Greek gods, for instance, led to The Oresteia, a trilogy of plays by Aeschylus in … Continue reading

July 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

ON STRAITS AND NARROWS PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE were visiting the troubled Hormuz Strait in the Middle East. Today, we explore two other straits, Gibraltar and Bering, and find that the only hassles in these two … Continue reading

July 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

ON STRAITS AND NARROWS PART 1

THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ, so critical to the world’s oil supply, has been in the news recently. In particular, BBC News, July 26, 2019, reported that it “is at the … Continue reading

July 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

SEAL HIJINKS

THE PRESIDENTIAL SEAL, formally the Coat of Arms of the President of the United States, is an impressive thing. Its definition contains plenty of heraldic jargon: The shield consists of … Continue reading

July 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

IACOCCA’S FIRST MUSTANG

THE RECENT PASSING OF Lee Iacocca, age 94, reminded me of his Ford Fairlane Group’s first Mustang. I’m not thinking of the Falcon-based four-seater introduced in ’64 1/2 and destined … Continue reading

July 25, 2019 · 2 Comments