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SHERIDAN’S THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL PART 2

WITHIN THE FIRST few lines of The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, the play’s satirical intent is evident: Lady Sneerwell says to her accomplice, “Did you circulate the … Continue reading

March 10, 2019 · 1 Comment

SHERIDAN’S THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL PART 1

IF EVER THERE WERE a theatrical title sounding timely, it would be Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The School for Scandal. Even its character names have resonance today, among them Sir Benjamin … Continue reading

March 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

A WHITE HOUSE CANTATA—RECONSTRUCTED FROM 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE

LEONARD BERNSTEIN and Alan Jay Lerner once had an immense Broadway flop. Bernstein, the composer of West Side Story, 1957. And Lerner, the lyricist who brought us “I Could Have … Continue reading

March 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

TIDBITS FROM THE FACTORY FLOOR

FACTORIES ARE wondrous places. Bits and pieces enter one end and, often in seconds, spiffy new products come out the other. Somewhere in between, workers and machines perform their magic. … Continue reading

March 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

AMERICAN DESIGN—A TIME CAPSULE

NOW THAT WE’RE well into the 21st century, several design books on my shelves have taken on the aura of time capsules. One in particular, The Index of American Design, … Continue reading

March 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

SCIENCE AND EVIDENTIAL TRUTH

SCIENCE CONSISTS of following evidence in seeking truth. This succinct characterization comes from comments made by Rush Holt, in his editorial “Democracy’s Plight,” in Science, February 1, 2019. “Observers,” Holt … Continue reading

February 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

A SERENDIPITOUS APPEARANCE IN THE FRIDGE

OUR FRIDGE JUST happened to contain a bottle of Scottish ale, some sausage, and veggies including Brussels sprouts. A perfect time for making stew. SCOTTISH ALE STEW 2 Tbs butter … Continue reading

February 16, 2019 · 5 Comments