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FOLKTALES OF THE DOLOMITES

THE DOLOMITES, in northeastern Italy, are part of my favorite mountain range, the Alps, and the home of whimsical folktales. By the way, “DOH-loh-mytes” is an acceptable English pronunciation, though … Continue reading

January 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

ETYMOLOGY: TO COZEN, A COZENER

GIVEN THAT we may be entering the second half, and perhaps the end game, of Trumpery, it is not inappropriate to discuss classical terms for the personality type, in particular, … Continue reading

January 8, 2019 · 2 Comments

BOOSTING FLIGHT—WITH FLAPPERS AND MORE PART 2

YESTERDAY AT SimanaitisSays, Aeromarine Airways established international service between Key West and Havana with converted World War I flying boats. Today, the airline expands in particularly novel ways. Mr. Uppercu … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · 4 Comments

BOOSTING FLIGHT—WITH FLAPPERS AND MORE PART 1

AEROMARINE AIRWAYS RECOGNIZED early on the marketing potential of aeroplanes. In 1920, Aeromarine inaugurated an international flight schedule, among the world’s first for heavier-than-air craft. (Dutch KLM beat it only … Continue reading

January 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

PASS THE PASTICHES, PLEASE

THE YEAR 2019, according to Alexandra Alter in The New York Times, December 29, 2018, will be one of “New Life for Old Classics, as Their Copyrights Run Out.” She … Continue reading

January 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

RACE TO THE CLOUDS, R&T’S 1956 REPORT

NEW HAMPSHIRE’S Mt. Washington is among the most prominent peaks in the U.S. And, as reported in R&T, it’s renowned as a hillclimb venue and notorious for erratic weather as … Continue reading

January 4, 2019 · 3 Comments

GETTING OPERATIC, QUOTEWISE

QUOTES ABOUT opera range from ”Bravi tutti!” to “Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.” A new book reviewed in The New York Times Book Review offers a goodly number … Continue reading

January 3, 2019 · Leave a comment