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Monthly Archives: January, 2022

FUN AT WORK

EONS AGO, IN A summer intern during undergraduate school, my boss advised, “Don’t expect to enjoy your work; that’s why they call it work.” What with teaching at the College … Continue reading

January 31, 2022 · 2 Comments

PRACTICING ONE’S FRENCH PRONUNCIATION

“SUFFICE IT TO SAY these curious verses were part of the meagre collections of one François Charles Fernand d’Artin, retired school teacher…” So begins the Foreward of the charming French … Continue reading

January 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

A CHAT WITH STIRLING MOSS

IT WAS THE 1993 Copperstate 1000. The event, the third running of this classic car rally through Arizona, was a particularly special one with famed race driver Stirling Moss and … Continue reading

January 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

CARUSO AND THE EXTORTIONISTS 

IN HER BOOK A Mad Love: An Introduction to Opera, Vivian Schweitzer offers fascinating tidbits about famed tenor Enrico Caruso. One is that “… when Caruso sang the aria [“Vesti … Continue reading

January 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE AND DAVOS SKI-RUNNING

DOCTOR JOHN H. WATSON’S literary agent, a fellow named Arthur Conan Doyle, helped to make skiiing popular in Davos, Switzerland. Details are given in Harry Mount’s “How Conan Doyle Pioneered … Continue reading

January 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

HOW PARIS AMUSES ITSELF, 1903

HOW COULD I NOT read a book from 1903 with the title How Paris Amuses Itself? The book is one of those available new “selected by scholars as being culturally … Continue reading

January 26, 2022 · 2 Comments

A.D.B. ILLUMINATION COMING OUR WAY

IT’S SORTA DÉJÀ VU all over again. In the late 1970s, the U.S. caught up with the best of European automotive headlighting. And, come 2023, we’re likely to do so … Continue reading

January 25, 2022 · 1 Comment

ALFA ROMEO VERSUS FERRARI—THE 1951 GRAND PRIX SEASON PART 2

YESTERDAY, CORRADO MILLANTA introduced us to Alfa Romeo and Ferrari Formula One cars of the 1951 season. Today in Part 2, we see results of their contrasting technologies.  Monza 1951. … Continue reading

January 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

ALFA ROMEO VERSUS FERRARI—THE 1951 GRAND PRIX SEASON PART 1

NINETEEN-FIFTY-ONE WAS only the second year of F.I.A.’s sanctioned World Drivers’ Championship. Grand Prix regulations were essentially the same as those in 1938: Supercharged engines were limited to 1 1/2 … Continue reading

January 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

THE BEST OF…

GEE, THIS BOOK SORTING in the garage is fun. I pulled out The BEST of Everything, 1980, to see how hopelessly outdated its choices were.  However, I was now missing … Continue reading

January 22, 2022 · 4 Comments