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HENRY N. MANNEY III AND THE BROOKLANDS RILEY

SALON FEATURES IN R&T were generally of three types: the purely historical (“…and then on the morning of August 17, 1927, …”), the first-person tentative (“I might have driven this … Continue reading

October 14, 2021 · 4 Comments

CHARGED UP ABOUT SWITCHING TO EVS 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS, OCTOBER 4, 2021, carried a provocative page 1 story by Michael Martinez: “Ford Isn’t Waiting—It’s All In On EVs.”   “When Ford Motor Co. introduced the F-150 Lightning in … Continue reading

October 13, 2021 · 6 Comments

FOILING THE MOB—JACQUES-LOUIS DAVID’S LAVOISIER PORTRAIT   PART 2

WHEN WE LEFT Antoine and Marie-Anne Lavoisier in Part 1, they were pursuing joint research in the new chemistry. Alas, the French Revolution was coming. A Couple’s Portrait. In 1788, … Continue reading

October 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

FOILING THE MOB—JACQUES-LOUIS DAVID’S LAVOISIER PORTRAIT PART 1

PITY THE LAVOISIERS, Antoine-Laurent and his wife Marie-Anne Paulze. This French scientific partnership was instrumental in the transition from qualitative chemistry and biology to quantitative endeavors. Pity Jacques-Louis David, French … Continue reading

October 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

TRY YOUR LUCK FOR A CAPSULE O.L.

GEE, I WISH I were in Japan so I could pop coins into a vending machine and have it reward me with a miniaturized bit of reality: an air conditioner, … Continue reading

October 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

BBC OMAKASE

GOOGLE TRANSLATE RENDERS the Japanese word おまかせ, omakase, as the English “random.” In the sushi world, though, it’s asking the sushi master to orchestrate a selection of his own choice. It … Continue reading

October 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

MAYBE IT WASN’T A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT….

OPENING LINES CAN urge compelling reading. Here are some tidbits of such openers that sure worked for me. Perhaps you’d like to share your favorites. The Big Sleep. Raymond Chandler. … Continue reading

October 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

ON THE SMOOT

LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS is a perhaps surprising source of Americana. For instance, what’s a “smoot”? The London Review of Books online, October 4, 2021, presented “Paper Cuts: Smoot Day,” … Continue reading

October 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

PARENTING/PARENTALITÉ/ELTERNSHAFT

ADAM GOPNIK’S ARTICLE “How to Raise a Prodigy,” recently featured in The New Yorker Classics online, also discussed different parenting in the U.S., France, and Germany.  Here are several tidbits. … Continue reading

October 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

LET THEM EAT GOSSIP?   PART 2

MARIE ANTOINETTE OF France and Swedish nobleman Axel von Fersen were 18th-century pen pals Later, many of her letters underwent redaction by an unknown hand. However, as reported by Sabrina … Continue reading

October 4, 2021 · Leave a comment