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TO THE HARE, WITH LOVE

THE JULY 2, 2020, ISSUE of London Review of Books offers Katherine Rundell’s ”Consider the Hare.” This essay is something of a love letter to Lepus europaeus: “In their long-limbed … Continue reading

August 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

SCHOOL DAZE?

THERE ARE PLENTY of reasons for kids to resume conventional schooling. There are plenty of reasons that this may not yet be the time. Here are tidbits gleaned from Science, … Continue reading

August 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

TOFU SHRIMP VEGGIES IN GINGER SAUCE

WHAT TO MAKE for dinner? The fridge has the usual staples: tofu, bok choy, soy sauce, rice wine, minced ginger, minced garlic. Well, at least, often in our fridge (along … Continue reading

August 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

SWEDEN, 1923 PART 2

THOUGH IT’S ALMOST a century old now, my Cook’s Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, 1923, is a fine means of catching up with this Scandinavian country. Yesterday in Part 1, we … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

SWEDEN, 1923 PART 1

WHAT WITH its less than orthodox, and perhaps less than successful, response to the world pandemic, Sweden is much in the news these days. I’m encouraged to learn more about … Continue reading

August 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING GEORGE WHITTELL, JR. AND HIS DUESIE PART 2

WE CONTINUE THE tale of a wonderfully eccentric man, George Whittell, Jr., and one of the six Duesenbergs he commissioned, the 1931 Model J Long-Wheelbase Coupe. Yesterday in Part 1, … Continue reading

August 2, 2020 · 1 Comment

CELEBRATING GEORGE WHITTELL, JR. AND HIS DUESIE PART 1

GEORGE WHITTELL JR. was a real piece of work. And, because of his commission, Duesenberg produced another exceptional piece of work, the 1931 Model J Long-Wheelbase Coupe. Such was the … Continue reading

August 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

COVID-19 ALGEBRA

A RECENT POSTING in the AAAS Member Community Digest discusses the relationship between a disease’s herd immunity and its R0, “R-naught.” Indeed, it turns out that, to be successful, the … Continue reading

July 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

WITHIN THE QUOTA—A 1923 BALLET FOR OUR TIMES PART 2

YESTERDAY HERE IN Part 1, we talked about Cole Porter’s ballet Within the Quota, its 1923 Paris debut, 1924 U.S. tour, and then prompt disappearance. Today in Part 2, the … Continue reading

July 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

WITHIN THE QUOTA—A 1923 BALLET FOR OUR TIMES PART 1

COLE PORTER IS best known for his contributions to the Great American Songbook. Among them: “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love;” “Just One of Those Things;” “You’re the Top;” … Continue reading

July 29, 2020 · Leave a comment