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STUDEBAKER LAND CRUISER V-8—ROAD TEST A-1-51

ROAD AND TRACK’S FOURTH road test in its coded series was A-1-51, its first American car of 1951, the Studebaker Land Cruiser V-8. The magazine continued with its separately stated … Continue reading

August 3, 2022 · 3 Comments

ON THE TRAIL OF SHERLOCK HOLMES 

I’M ENJOYING STEPHEN BROWNING’S On the Trail of Sherlock Holmes, a fine addition to my collection about this first and most famous of the world’s Consulting Detectives.  Conan Doyle the … Continue reading

August 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

MOBY-DICK REDUX

IT ISN’T THAT I’VE been ignoring Herman Melville’s saga of Ahab and the White Whale. Despite the fact that I’ve never actually read this epic nineteenth-century novel, SimanaitisSays has discussed … Continue reading

August 1, 2022 · 4 Comments

PORSCHE 356—70 YEARS AGO

ROAD AND TRACK got several things right in its November 1952 first road test of a Porsche, but in other ways its crystal ball was fogged by adulation for Herr … Continue reading

July 31, 2022 · 1 Comment

KEEPIN’ PHOENIX KEWL

TURNING BLACKTOP GRAY is an innovative means of reducing the effects of climate change in Phoenix, the nation’s fifth largest city (news to me) and hottest (familiar from my visits, … Continue reading

July 29, 2022 · 2 Comments

A ’52 FORD—AND THOSE TESTING IT

A ROAD TEST VARIATION in Road and Track, April 1952, also provided staff automotive bios at the time. Here are tidbits on the test car, a Ford Customline, and its … Continue reading

July 28, 2022 · 6 Comments

GORE VIDAL’S VISIT TO A SMALL PLANET        PART 2

MANY PLAYWRIGHTS PREFACE their dialogue with only brief descriptions of scenes and characters, the interpretation of the production left largely to the director. By contrast, Gore Vidal offered extensive details … Continue reading

July 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

GORE VIDAL’S VISIT TO A SMALL PLANET   PART 1

“THE PURPOSE OF SATIRE, it has been rightly said,” humorist Michael Flanders observed, “is to strip away the veneer of comfortable illusion and cozy half-truth. And our job, as I … Continue reading

July 26, 2022 · 2 Comments

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