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HAS THE ELEPHANT GONE BATSHIT??   PART 2

YESTERDAY AND TODAY, I share tidbits from the American Enterprise Institute’s Survey Center on American Life and its January 2021 American Perspectives Survey. To provide balance of findings from this … Continue reading

February 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

HAS THE ELEPHANT GONE BATSHIT??   PART 1

I PONDERED MY wording for this title, but given a hit TV show parodizing the same word, I decided to keep it. The American Enterprise Institute is a respected conservative … Continue reading

February 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE ONLINE AD BUBBLE

HAVE YOU BOUGHT anything because of online advertising? I don’t believe I have. Ever. You know the kind of ad I have in mind: those ubiquitous online comeons that are … Continue reading

February 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

THE LRB ON KISSINGER    PART 2

YESTERDAY, DAVID RUNCIMAN’S article in London Review of Books offered tidbits about Henry Kissinger, whose years of Realpolitik had significant influence on the world. Today’s Part 2 continues, with Kissinger … Continue reading

February 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE LRB ON KISSINGER   PART 1

“POLITICAL SATIRE BECAME obsolete,” Tom Lehrer quipped, “when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.”  That was years ago, 1972, though both of these guys are still around; Lehrer … Continue reading

February 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE ADVENTUROUS LIFE AND MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF C.F. HALL    PART 2

YESTERDAY, 19TH-CENTURY ARCTIC adventurer Charles Francis Hall immersed himself in Inuit culture while exploring the Canadian Arctic. Today in Part 2, let’s celebrate his discovery of 300-year-old Frobisher relics and … Continue reading

February 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE ADVENTUROUS LIFE AND MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF C.F. HALL    PART 1

I BOUGHT CAPTAIN C.F. Hall’s Life with the Esquimaux, 1865, for three reasons: It would be the oldest book in my collection. For its time, it was richly illustrated. And … Continue reading

February 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE FIRST HUMANIST PLAYWRIGHT

SHAKESPEARE: THE INVENTION of the Human, 1998, is a classic book by Harold Bloom, 1930–2019, who is oft cited as “the most influential English-language critic of the late 20th century.” … Continue reading

February 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

PARLIAMO ITALIANO

ON THE LONG shot that you might be dining (likely these days outdoors) at  an Italian restaurant, here are culinary translational tidbits gleaned from a little guidebook. It’s more than … Continue reading

February 6, 2021 · 3 Comments

SCIENCE TIDBITS: FASCINATING, TIMELY, CONSEQUENTIAL

SCIENCE MAGAZINE, PUBLISHED weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, often includes tidbits of one sort or another. Some are arcane, others as timely as today’s headlines … Continue reading

February 4, 2021 · 1 Comment