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Monthly Archives: November, 2019

WOMEN AT THE WHEEL

I RECENTLY READ a debunking of the “just a woman driver” myth. It was in “What a Woman Can Do With an Auto” by Robert Sloss who made “the surprising … Continue reading

November 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

CHAUCER TIDBITS

A NEW 624-PAGE biography of Geoffrey Chaucer aroused my interest. Not quite enough, I admit, to read all 624 pages yet, but sufficient to enjoy reading a review of this … Continue reading

November 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

1911 VALKYRIE MONOPLANE PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE HAD Horatio Barber’s Valkyrie demonstrating its short take-off capability by charging directly at admiring crowds. Today in Part 2, the Valkyrie continues to entertain, becomes the world’s first … Continue reading

November 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

1911 VALKYRIE MONOPLANE PART 1

WELL, HERE’S a pleasant surprise: the combination of an old aeroplane and Wagner’s Ring Cycle. What’s more surprising is finding a detailed article on that aeroplane from 1910. The tale … Continue reading

November 27, 2019 · 4 Comments

RACKETEERING ETYMOLOGIES

THE NEWS CONCERNING Trump, Giuliani, omertà, getting thrown under the bus, and other mob-speak got me wondering how the nice French sports racquet evolved into something as sordid as racketeering. … Continue reading

November 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

RAIL, ROAD, AND AIR—THE ART OF TERENCE CUNEO

ENGLISH PAINTER Terence Cuneo had a way with locomotives, cars, and even aircraft. Quite apart from this, he was also the official artist for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II … Continue reading

November 25, 2019 · 2 Comments

SLONIMSKY ON CONDUCTING

NICK SLONIMSKY PLANNED to title his autobiography Failed Wunderkind, but was persuaded otherwise. Wisely too: Having been told by his mother that he was a genius at age 6, Slonimsky … Continue reading

November 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

UPDATING ALICE

MARTIN GARDNER’S Annotated Alice, 1960, was the first in my collection of annotated classics. Indeed, Gardner’s was the first in the series, many of which I have. Wife Dottie recently … Continue reading

November 22, 2019 · 1 Comment

HERE’S A GOOD POLITICAL COLUMNIST WHEN WE NEED ONE

ALAS, WILL ROGERS died in an airplane crash in 1935, but he clearly left a legacy for our times: “Everything is changing,” he said, “People are taking their comedians seriously, … Continue reading

November 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

MEZZANOTE PAPPARDELLE: BUON APPETITO!

THIS MIDNIGHT GOBBLE is one of the quickest meals to fix, though it calls for an oddly stocked larder: olive oil (easy), garlic (of course), Parmesan cheese (no problem), red … Continue reading

November 20, 2019 · Leave a comment