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POSTWAR ARCHITECTURE: SPECIALISTS’ VIEWS

T, THE NEW YORK TIMES Style Magazine is published with the NYT Sunday edition and recently ran “The 25 Most Significant Works of Postwar Architecture.” Kurt Soller and Michael Snyder … Continue reading

August 5, 2021 · 1 Comment

IS THERE AN ALCHEMIST IN THE HOUSE?

ALCHEMY WAS MORE than changing base metals into gold. Malcolm Gaskill reviews Jennifer M. Rambling’s The Experimental Fire: Inventing English Alchemy, 1300–1700 in the London Review of Books, July 15, … Continue reading

August 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

THAT’S A PARAPROSDOKIAN TO ME!

THE WEBSITE Inspiring Quotes is entertaining. Plus, I learned a new word from it, “paraprosdokian.” The word has a Greek etymology: παρά, para, “against,” and προσδοκία, prosdokia, “expectation.” Inspiring Quotes, … Continue reading

August 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

KOREAN TIDBITS, OLD AND NEW, GOOD AND BAD

MORE THAN 71 YEARS separate us from the outbreak of the Korean War, the subject of several of today’s tidbits. Another tidbit is as recent as The New York Times, … Continue reading

August 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

WE OTTER KNOW MORE ABOUT METABOLISM

HOW DO SEA OTTERS keep warm in frigid water? Sure, they’ve got thick fur, but there’s more to it than this. Sacha Vignieri gives the high points in “Keeping Warm … Continue reading

August 1, 2021 · 2 Comments

MY GARBLED TALE OF STRAVINSKY’S DUMBARTON OAKS

STRAVINSKY’S JAUNTY CONCERTO in E-Flat had just been broadcast on SiriusXM‘s “Symphony Hall.” And I thought, how neat that he composed it for that big-deal conference at Dumbarton Oaks. What … Continue reading

July 31, 2021 · Leave a comment

GLUBB PASHA—A SECOND LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

SIR JOHN BAGOT GLUBB was a British soldier who trained and led Transjordan’s Arab Legion between 1939 and 1956. Controversially, the Legion had several victories against Israel in the 1948 … Continue reading

July 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

DEADLY CONS PART 2

YESTERDAY’S CON WAS a Ponzi scheme expanded to absurdity. Today in Part 2, a man’s death is related to something as seemingly innocuous as  his Twitter hand. Handles For Sale. … Continue reading

July 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

DEADLY CONS PART 1

I’VE WRITTEN LIGHTHEARTEDLY about cons, including Guiseppe Balsamo aka Cagliostro, whose 18th-century antics inspired the modern opera The Ghosts of Versailles.. There are, though, modern cons with horrible outcomes. Here, … Continue reading

July 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DRIVING

A TOYOTA PODCAST, part of the company’s Toyota Untold series, is devoted to “The Psychology of Driving,” June 21, 2021. It features two researchers, both psychology Ph.D.s, discussing their work … Continue reading

July 27, 2021 · 1 Comment