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WHAT’S A TELEX, GRANDPA?

QUITE APART from many young people seemingly not knowing how to do long division in any sensible way, they’ve also been known to ask things like “How does a dial … Continue reading

May 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

BOUILLABAISSE AND THE DEFIANCE OF CODIFICATION PART 2

SEVERAL OF MY other cookbooks offer bouillabaisse recipes of one sort or another, but its most entertaining description comes from Alan Davidson’s Mediterranean Seafood. This is the one that led … Continue reading

May 22, 2018 · 3 Comments

BOUILLABAISSE AND DEFIANCE OF CODIFICATION PART 1

ONE THING leads to another. And, seemingly, to two-part items here recently at SimanaitisSays. There I was, reading a London Review of Books article by Inigo Thomas on Maison Empereur, … Continue reading

May 21, 2018 · 2 Comments

THE NAPOLEON DUPORT CAPER PART 2

WHEN LAST we encountered the cello of Jean-Louis Duport, indeed only yesterday, it had been manhandled by the overly enthusiastic as well as musically inept Napoleon Bonaparte. Today, the caper … Continue reading

May 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

THE NAPOLEON DUPORT CAPER PART 1

IT WAS 1812, destined to be the year about which Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky would later compose an Overture. You know the one, with cannons and bells, celebrating Russia’s defense against … Continue reading

May 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

SOME THOUGHTS ON URBANIZATION

I’VE JUST READ Ben Rogers’ “The Great Sorting,” a London Review of Books review of Richard Florida’s The New Urban Crisis: Gentrification, Housing Bubbles, Growing Inequalities and What We Can … Continue reading

May 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

HOLMES AND THE PONTIFF PART 2

WHAT WITH the Vatican’s trove of second-century cameos not exactly qualifying as religious art, Pope Leo XIII was in a fine pickle. Fortunately, Sherlock Holmes had a reputation that extended … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · Leave a comment