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MODENA TO FRANKFURT

IN THE COMPANY of Paul Frère, European automotive journalist extraordinaire, I was passenger on a memorable drive from Modena, Italy, to Frankfurt, Germany. I recently came across some scrubbled notations … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

ONE BAD HOMBRE AND AN UNTOUCHABLE

I WAS thinking about bad hombres with foreign-sounding names, and Al Capone popped to mind. This is not the irrational neurologic activity it might seem: My mother and father, rest … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

WOODSMAN, SPARE THAT CO2

BURNING WOOD to make electricity? There’s enough controversy in this concept to keep us occupied for awhile, so let’s begin by considering several aspects of the matter, as discussed in … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

MEN IN HIGH HEELS

RESEARCHING A recent item on the British workplace, Parliament and women forced to wear high heels, I stumbled (could it have been the heels?) on an interesting fact: The most … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

EV UPDATE: BUT WILL IT MATTER IN THE U.S.?

GLOBAL EV SALES are trending upward by significant percentages. Not that the overall numbers are large, mind. What’s more, the U.S. situation is at best unsettled. It’s a good time … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

UTOPIA REVISITED

“UTOPIA IN TEXAS” by Glen Newey in the London Review of Books, January 19, 2017, provides counterpoint to my recent review of four dystopian novels here at SimanaitisSays. Not that … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

THOSE WITHOUT GUMTION NEED NOT APPLY

THERE’S A CONFLUENCE of art and science in the works of 19th-century English painter J.M.W. Turner. London Review of Books, October 20, 2016, contained an article titled “The Chase: Inigo … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · 2 Comments