Simanaitis Says

On cars, old, new and future; science & technology; vintage airplanes, computer flight simulation of them; Sherlockiana; our English language; travel; and other stuff

Category Archives: And Furthermore…

TOFU SHRIMP VEGGIES IN GINGER SAUCE

WHAT TO MAKE for dinner? The fridge has the usual staples: tofu, bok choy, soy sauce, rice wine, minced ginger, minced garlic. Well, at least, often in our fridge (along … Continue reading

August 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

WITHIN THE QUOTA—A 1923 BALLET FOR OUR TIMES PART 2

YESTERDAY HERE IN Part 1, we talked about Cole Porter’s ballet Within the Quota, its 1923 Paris debut, 1924 U.S. tour, and then prompt disappearance. Today in Part 2, the … Continue reading

July 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

WITHIN THE QUOTA—A 1923 BALLET FOR OUR TIMES PART 1

COLE PORTER IS best known for his contributions to the Great American Songbook. Among them: “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love;” “Just One of Those Things;” “You’re the Top;” … Continue reading

July 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING GEORGE CARLIN

I RECENTLY ENCOUNTERED one of comedian George Carlin’s great lines: “Have you noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster is a maniac?” Thus … Continue reading

July 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

SWORDPLAY OVER THE AGES AND AROUND THE WORLD PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE BEGAN our swordplay tales with the Völsunga’s Gram aka Wagner Ring Cycle’s Nothung and Arthurian legends of Excalibur and the sword in the stone. Today in Part 2, … Continue reading

July 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

SWORDPLAY OVER THE AGES AND AROUND THE WORLD PART 1

NOT THAT ANYONE has asked lately, but here are swordplay tidbits collected from a variety of sources, some even overlapping with others. In Parts 1 and 2 today and tomorrow, … Continue reading

July 22, 2020 · 1 Comment

A QUARANTINE QUERY

WHO’D YOU LEAST like being quarantined with? Anna Whitelock, head of history at Royal Holloway, University of London, assembled responses to this Twitter query in one of the Talking Points … Continue reading

July 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

A LOVE POTION GONE AWRY PART 2

YESTERDAY, A WAGNER opera taught us that chemical enhancement of boy meets girl can lead to trouble. Today in Part 2, Tristan and Isolde aren’t the only ones encountering life’s … Continue reading

July 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

A LOVE POTION GONE AWRY PART 1

I ENJOYED WATCHING Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, part of the Metropolitan Opera’s free streaming. This opera generates ecstatic appreciation from some and bored derision from others. I place myself in … Continue reading

July 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

THOUGHTS FROM A PHILOSOPHER WHO HAS STUDIED EVIL

THESE DAYS, THE United States is into moral introspection concerning governance, divisiveness, immigration, Black Lives Matter, Covid-19, and many other issues. Isaac Chotiner’s article “How to Confront a Racist National … Continue reading

July 13, 2020 · 1 Comment