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HURRAH FOR PIGEONS!

PIGEONS HAVE made their mark here at SimanaitisSays, in the figurative sense, that is. One pigeon was cited as Nikola Tesla’s close friend: Tesla was quoted as saying, “I loved … Continue reading

May 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

MEDIEVAL STUDIES HIJACKED

EVEN MEDIEVAL STUDIES has been caught up in a commentary involving our contentious times. Jennifer Schuessler reports “Medieval Scholars Joust with White Nationalists. And One Another,” in The New York … Continue reading

May 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

KNOXVILLE: SUMMER OF 1915 PART 2

TWO AMERICAN cultural heroes, author James Agee and composer Samuel Barber, and their Knoxville: Summer of 1915 were celebrated yesterday in Part 1. Today, we continue with Chris Myers’ notes … Continue reading

May 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

KNOXVILLE: SUMMER OF 1915 PART 1

THERE’S A GENTLE affirmation of life in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a piece for voice and orchestra that this composer called a “lyric rhapsody.” Lyrics of this 1947 … Continue reading

May 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING PEGGY WEBBER

WHAT DOES JOE FRIDAY’S mother have in common with Orson Welles’ Lady Macduff? They were portrayed by the same talented actress, Peggy Webber. What’s more, she’s founder and continues to … Continue reading

May 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

MOVING THE WATER FOR FUN AND PROFIT PART 2

THIS ALL started yesterday with my watching the Jack Nicholson/Faye Dunaway movie Chinatown and Wife Dottie’s photo of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Here in Part 2, we’ll see whether the flick … Continue reading

May 9, 2019 · 4 Comments

TRUCK DRIVERS’ DESK SET PART 2

YESTERDAY IN Part 1, we considered a link between drivers of diesel rigs at the modern Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and a 62-year-old Katharine Hepburn/Spencer Tracy comedy. … Continue reading

May 7, 2019 · Leave a comment