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CHARLATAN TRUMP

THERE ARE those of us who would argue that “charlatan” is too kind a word to describe the likes of Donald J. Trump. However, the word has such interesting etymology, … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

CELEBRATING PROMETHEUS. OR BLAMING HIM?

IN GREEK mythology, it was Prometheus who defied Zeus by giving fire to humanity. Fire, that led to civilization’s hearths, metalworking, the Industrial Revolution, and our modern age. In fact, … Continue reading

December 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

ON BEING BAMBOOZLED

WHAT A funny word “bamboozle” is. At first glance, it reminds me of that rude noisemaker blown at World Cup matches. (No, that’s the vuvuzela. On the other hand, if … Continue reading

December 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

REDUCED SHAKESPEARE—WHAT A JOY!

THIS CHARMING book was actually a birthday present from Wife Dottie, and it has easily become a Christmas recommendation to anyone loving someone who reads, be that someone a spouse, … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

ON GRANGERIZING AND OTHER FUN WITH PRINTS

IMAGES SHARED before photography were typically prints of one sort or another. As its name suggests, a woodblock print has its image chiseled into the block. An intaglio print is … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PART 2

BY THE 1870s, the Associated Press had expanded considerably from five New York City daily papers protecting themselves against a potential telegraph monopoly on news. Today, we pick up the … Continue reading

November 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PART 1

DESPITE PRESIDENTIAL carping to the contrary, I trust the Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg, and even a “failing” newspaper like The New York Times, or “Jeff Bezos’s” The Washington Post. … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · 2 Comments