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KABUKI SHOWDOWN IN BOSTON

THE MUSEUM of Fine Arts, Boston, is reviving a competition between two woodblock print artists, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Utagawa Kunisada, that began in 19th-century Japan. It’s a fascinating exhibition, especially … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

A FANTASTIC TALE FROM THE ISLE OF MAN

I WAGER that most who ever think of the Isle of Man do so within the context of its 38-mile round-the-house race circuit and annual display of motorcyclic mayhem known … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

ON NIGERIAN OFFICIALS, SPANISH PRISONERS, (AND RUSSIAN AGENTS?)

AS A SimanaitisSays Public Service Announcement, I thought it most appropriate to offer details of classic cons. Three that come to mind are the Nigerian Official, the Spanish Prisoner, and, … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · 4 Comments

GAI LAN AND DUCK BACON

SO THERE I was, shopping at Mitsuwa, our local Japanese supermarket, for sashimi, inari sushi, salmon bento, and pickled cucumber. It’s a full marketplace, complete with Books Kinokuniya, boutique shops, … Continue reading

July 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

A POND AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, PART 2

HENRY DAVID Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience discourse first appeared as an essay “Resistance to Civil Government; a Lecture delivered in 1847” in Aesthetic Papers, a New England periodical. Thoreau had recently … Continue reading

July 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

A POND AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, PART 1

HENRY DAVID Thoreau wrote, “I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government.” His writings on this influenced the thoughts and actions of Mahatma Gandhi, … Continue reading

July 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

A MODEST PROPOSAL FOR DISNEY IMAGINEERS

IT IS rare that I turn to Variety, America’s weekly entertainment trade magazine, for political updates. Typically, the Orange County Register and The New York Times suffice for balance, along … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · 1 Comment