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YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD STORY (OR TRILOGY, EVEN) DOWN PART 1

CULTURAL TALES CAN lead to literary works, then be transformed into operas. The myths of Greek gods, for instance, led to The Oresteia, a trilogy of plays by Aeschylus in … Continue reading

July 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

ON STRAITS AND NARROWS PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE were visiting the troubled Hormuz Strait in the Middle East. Today, we explore two other straits, Gibraltar and Bering, and find that the only hassles in these two … Continue reading

July 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

ON STRAITS AND NARROWS PART 1

THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ, so critical to the world’s oil supply, has been in the news recently. In particular, BBC News, July 26, 2019, reported that it “is at the … Continue reading

July 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

SEAL HIJINKS

THE PRESIDENTIAL SEAL, formally the Coat of Arms of the President of the United States, is an impressive thing. Its definition contains plenty of heraldic jargon: The shield consists of … Continue reading

July 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

THE ENGLISH JOHNSONS: DEFT OR JUST DAFT?

TO SUMMARIZE ENGLAND’S new Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his family, imagine the Trump clan, including in-laws and hangers-on, all as Donald J.’s brothers and sisters. Oh, and toss in … Continue reading

July 24, 2019 · 1 Comment

NOSTALGIA? NOT!

A VINTAGE AD on Sirius XM’s “Radio Classics” reminds us of things not missed: The ad advised making sure we had enough flash bulbs for vacation. Flash Bulbs. What’s a … Continue reading

July 13, 2019 · 7 Comments

OPERATIC DEATHS

OPERA IS DRAMATIC. There’s little reason to expect operatic deaths to be anything resembling natural causes. Here are tidbits of demise from several operas, the plots described in Sir Denis … Continue reading

July 7, 2019 · Leave a comment