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ELIZABETH CHUDLEIGH—A GENUINE PIECE OF WORK

EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY Englishwoman Elizabeth Chudleigh was a duchess, countess, bigamist, and exhibitionist. But then Georgians were always ones to talk, weren’t they? I encountered her a few days ago while researching … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

YOU WANT FAKE? I’LL GIVE YOU FAKE—PART 2

WRITING A novel isn’t usually a team activity. But when several writers share the work, the result can be fine satire. Add in the fun of a literary hoax, and … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

YOU WANT FAKE? I’LL GIVE YOU FAKE—PART 1

THESE ARE high times to celebrate satire. And in fact there’s a specialized branch of this genre: satirical novels. Taken one step further, there are satirical novels that satirize the … Continue reading

October 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

(WO)MEN OF MATHEMATICS

IN KEEPING with the book’s title, E.T. Bell’s classic Men of Mathematics has only 24 women out of the more than 300 personages listed in its index. As a source … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

WHAT’S YOUR STATE’S OFFICIAL FOSSIL?

NO FAIR if you just name some geriatric neighbor who complains about your loud music. I mean a genuine preserved relic from a previous geologic age. Wikipedia has a list … Continue reading

October 5, 2017 · 4 Comments

ARTURO BENEDETTI MICHELANGELI, CLASSICAL PIANIST—AND RACE DRIVER? PART 2

ARTURO MICHELANGELI was regarded as a great classical pianist. In a profession not unknown for eccentricities, he was also one of the most idiosyncratic and most mysterious. Forte-Piano-Pianissimo.com writes that … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

ARTURO BENEDETTI MICHELANGELI, CLASSICAL PIANIST—AND RACE DRIVER? PART 1

THE CLASSICAL music announcer added casually that pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli also competed in the Mille Miglia. Though I had heard of Michelangeli the pianist before, I was intrigued by … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · Leave a comment