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Category Archives: I Usta be an Editor Y’Know

BEING HEP, LIKE, TWENTY-THREE SKIDOO

A BEAUTY OF SLANG is its etymological appeal. Why “23” anyway? And, y’know, is it “hep” or “hip”? This clearly calls for some research.  My sources are multitudinous. With the … Continue reading

September 28, 2022 · 1 Comment

NICE NEWS—AN ONLINE SOURCE OF POSITIVITY

THESE DAYS, NEWS NEGATIVITY isn’t hard to come by. But the Nice News website offers a much welcome reason to visit online (as well as a great source for SimanaitisSays). … Continue reading

September 21, 2022 · 7 Comments

BRITS BEING SILLY

I LOVE BRITS BEING SILLY.  Peter Sellers, Spike Mulligan, and Harry Secombe had The Goon Show on BBC. Gerard Hoffnung brought silliness to the concert hall. Dudley Moore and his … Continue reading

September 20, 2022 · 3 Comments

A (BELATED) 10TH ANNIVERSARY

AGG!! IT SLIPPED MY MIND back in mid-August, but this celebrated the tenth anniversary of SimanaitisSays—count them 10! And they said I’d run out of things to say. Ha. Here, … Continue reading

September 9, 2022 · 4 Comments

WANTED, IN THE OLD WEST, AND IN VICTORIAN THEATRE AS WELL PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we saw British polymath Robert Harling rise (possibly from orphenhood, possibly not) to become a typographer (Playbill font, 1938), an editorial trainee (twice, not for long … Continue reading

September 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

WANTED, IN THE OLD WEST, AND IN VICTORIAN THEATRE AS WELL PART 1

THESE TIDBITS, IN PARTS 1 AND 2 today and tomorrow, are about Robert Harling’s Playbill typography (which, curiously, has nothing to do with Playbill, the theater magazine described in “Prokofiev, … Continue reading

September 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

WILL CUPPY GREATS    PART 2

HERE IN PART 2, we continue satirist extraordinaire Will Cuppy’s assessments of the world’s Greats, at least those so identified by posterity.  Peter the Great. Cuppy explains, “Peter the Great … Continue reading

August 14, 2022 · 1 Comment

WILL CUPPY GREATS    PART 1

AS I’VE NOTED BEFORE, Will Cuppy is my favorite satirist. His style is deceptively simple: sorta a well-executed theme paper with tongue firmly in cheek. Like I said, “heavily researched … Continue reading

August 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

SAVORING LENNY LIPTON’S LABOR OF LOVE PART 2

I’VE JUST STARTED Lenny Lipton’s astonishing 795-page celebration of The Cinema in Flux: The Evolution of Motion Picture Technology from the Magic Lantern to the Digital Age. It’s not the … Continue reading

July 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

SAVORING LENNY LIPTON’S LABOR OF LOVE PART 1

MY ACQUISITION OF BOOKS arises occasionally from reading The New York Times Book Review or the London Review of Books. This time around, it involves the latter, but in a … Continue reading

July 24, 2022 · Leave a comment