I’M IN GOOD company indeed with my “Wagner’s Norns and PCH.” Famed artist David Hockney has framed a southern California road trip with the music of Richard Wagner. Alex Ross … Continue reading
LET US CELEBRATE!
TODAY, JANUARY 20, 2021, at noon Eastern Time, 9 a.m. for those of us on the Pacific side, 7 a.m. in Hawaii, we gratefully return to our democracy’s decency, honesty, … Continue reading
ON CULTS OF IGNORANCE
WE ARE BEING besieged by cults of ignorance. Alas, in their dying breath, Covid-19 sufferers are calling the disease a hoax. What appeared to be a late summer diminishing of … Continue reading
BEL GEDDES AIRLINER NUMBER 4 PART 2
NORMAN BEL GEDDES had a grand design evolving between 1929 and 1932: His Airliner Number 4 was envisioned as a flying hotel traveling non-stop between Chicago and London in 42 … Continue reading
BEL GEDDES AIRLINER NUMBER 4 PART 1
IT’S A SIGNIFICANT understatement to call Norman Bel Geddes an industrial designer: His designs were artistic, innovative, eccentric, flamboyant, occasionally bordering on the wacky, hardly just “industrial.” Here in Parts … Continue reading
HOW DO YOU SAY “HALLELUJAH” IN TURKISH?
GOOGLE TRANSLATE SUGGESTS “şükürler olsun” as a Turkish “hallelujah.” Back-translated, though, this literally means “Thank God,” which somehow misses the fervor of Adnan Oktar. This Turkish Islamic TV evangelist was … Continue reading
BUCATINI CONFIDENTIAL PART 2
THIS CONTINUES RACHEL Handler’s entertaining story of missing bucatini pasta, described in “What the Hole Is Going On?,” New York Magazine’s “Grub Street,” December 28, 2020. Yesterday’s tidbits concluded with … Continue reading
BUCATINI CONFIDENTIAL PART 1
TO QUOTE RACHEL Handler, “What the Hole Is Going On? The very real, totally bizarre bucatini shortage of 2020.” The story of this extruded pasta is compelling. Rachel Handler’s investigative … Continue reading
HAVE YOU ENCOUNTERED SEALIONING LATELY?
GIVEN INCESSANT DEBATES of late, it’s likely that you have encountered sealioning, described by Merriam-Webster as “a harassment tactic by which a participant in a debate or online discussion pesters … Continue reading →