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A PHONY BARD

THIS IS A TALE of deception. It involves a collector of English artifacts; his talented, if unscrupulous, son; the greatest of playwrights, William Shakespeare; and a passel of people capable … Continue reading

March 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORSHIP, PART 4

IN CONCLUDING MY notes here on U.S. Presidents who could read and even write books, I move from the sublime to the present. After the likes of Presidents Thomas Jefferson, … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

OPERA FUN CONTINUES

OPERA RIDES the razor edge of absurdity, according to Peter Ustinov. And it continues to delight me, whether in performances or in its attendant fun. Today, I share charming tales … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

LOTUS SEVEN AMERICA

THE Lotus Seven America is the John Adams of automobiles: Like this composer of Short Ride in a Fast Machine, the Seven is minimalist. It has nothing more than it … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

CLEARING THE (AUTOMOTIVE) AIR, PART 2

LET’S EXAMINE automotive emissions and fuel economy following our look at Washington, D.C., shenanigans concerning 2025’s 54.5 mpg. Back in the 1960s, three automotive emissions were identified: HC, unburned hydrocarbons; … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

CLEARING THE (AUTOMOTIVE) AIR, PART 1

WHAT WITH the Trump administration’s gutting, some would say streamlining, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, let’s examine some environmental and economic aspects of automobile regulations in the United States. This … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

CHINA AIR—THE MIDDLE YEARS OF THE MIDDLE KINGDOM

BY 1925, CHINA had a good number of aircraft, most imported, though a few of its own manufacture. Following the 1912 demise of the Qing imperial dynasty, Sun Yat-sen served … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · Leave a comment