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ON SPAGHETTI AND MURAKAMI

HARUKI MURAKAMI’S BOOKS have entertained and occasionally baffled me. They’re typically first-person narratives, with side trips to history, psychology, and fantasy. This Japanese writer came to mind while reading The … Continue reading

September 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

LIKE GRANDMA USTA MAKE

WE ALL HAVE immigrant ancestors. In the long term of the Bering Strait, Native Americans have them too. In this celebration of immigrant ancestors, I offer tidbits on one of … Continue reading

September 9, 2021 · 1 Comment

LE CAR POPPED STEROIDS

BACK IN 1972, Renault introduced the 5, a competitor to the ubiquitous Volkswagen Beetle, the Austin Mini, and other small four-passenger cars of the era. The Renault 5 did particularly … Continue reading

September 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

HEY, FELLA, WANNA SCORE A HOT FOSSIL?

SMUGGLING OLD BONES seems like a strange con. But fossils have value, and everyone from quarry workers to paleontologists have been malefactors. Countering them have been the F.B.I. and similar … Continue reading

September 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

AFFAIRES DE COOKBOOKS

NORA EPHRON IS one of a few writers who make me laugh out loud. The New Yorker recently republished a perfect example of this in her “Serial Monogamy,” originally published … Continue reading

September 6, 2021 · 4 Comments

TIDBITS OF COAL

SERENDIPIDLY, COAL RECENTLY unearthed in two different contexts, the London Review of Books and SiriusXM “Radio Classics.” Here are tidbits about both, together with my usual Internet mining.  Coal and … Continue reading

September 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

TWENTY-SIX MILES ACROSS THE SEA, A PBY HAS TRANSPORTED ME

ACTUALLY IT WAS a bit farther, around 65 miles from the harbors of St. Thomas to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The PBY Catalina was flown by Antilles Airboat, with even … Continue reading

September 4, 2021 · 2 Comments

FORMULA ONE FUEL TIDBITS  PART 2

YESTERDAY, IT WAS SUGGESTED that Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification from last month’s Hungarian GP was not unrelated to Formula One rocket fuels of the late 1980s until 1991. Today in Part … Continue reading

September 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

FORMULA ONE FUEL TIDBITS  PART 1

FORMULA ONE IS SERIOUS about its racing fuels. Ask Sebastian Vettel, whose Aston Martin-Mercedes got disqualified from second at last month’s Hungarian GP for not having the required 1.0 liter … Continue reading

September 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

ARLES TIDBITS

LYDIA DAVIS DOESN’T call them “tidbits,” though her article One French City,” London Review of Books, August 12, 2021, is a perfect example. Davis begins her article with “What follows … Continue reading

September 1, 2021 · 2 Comments