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THE VERY LAST GREEN THING, AN OPERA FOR KIDS—AND FOR OUR TIMES

CARY JOHN FRANKLIN’S opera The Very Last Green Thing has a cast of kids. This is most appropriate: Operas typically concern the past, something that kids (and we) can only … Continue reading

January 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

POKÉMON GO VERSUS THE CANADIAN MILITARY

DAUGHTER SUZ is an ardent player of Pokémon GO, the augmented-reality game wherein players chase digital animated creatures all over the world. And when I say “ardent,” I note with … Continue reading

January 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

CASES OF MISTAKEN IDENTITIES

LITERATURE—AND LIFE—are replete with mistaken identities. Confusion, chaos, and often hilarity follow, as exemplified in the following three tidbits. Gogol’s Government Inspector.. One of these mistaken identities made an earlier … Continue reading

January 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

ON MATTERS EGYPTIAN

I SEEM TO be accumulating a lot of ancient Egypt tidbits, of which several follow here. Philip Glass’s Akhnaten. A week prior to its December 7, 2019, final performance at … Continue reading

January 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

2019 IN REVIEW

BACK WHEN I started my R&T “Tech Tidbits” column in 1992, I was worried that one day I would run out of things to write about. A similar worry surfaced … Continue reading

December 31, 2019 · 3 Comments

VARSITY ESPORTS

LARSON’S FAR SIDE offered a laugh some 15 years ago titled “Hopeful Parents.” But who’s laughing today? Not people at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Varsity … Continue reading

December 17, 2019 · 3 Comments

ON RELIGIONS

SOMEONE ONCE SAID, “I think of myself as a flying buttress, supporting the church, but from without.” Another religious adage I like is “Lord, protect me from zealots.” These two … Continue reading

December 15, 2019 · Leave a comment