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HOLMES AND THE PONTIFF PART 1

“I WAS EXCEEDINGLY preoccupied by that little affair of the Vatican cameos,” Sherlock Holmes said, “and in my anxiety to oblige the Pope I lost touch with several interesting English … Continue reading

May 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

THE CONFIDENCE-MAN, COMPLETE WITH HYPHEN PART 2

THERE WAS literary justice in the first appearance of Herman Melville’s The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade being on April Fool’s Day, 1857: This Melville novel recounts the happenings on that very … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

THE CONFIDENCE-MAN, COMPLETE WITH HYPHEN PART 1

WHAT FOLLOWS is a meta-review. That is, a review of reviews, in this case of The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade, one of only a few books coming to mind that have … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

AUTOMOTIVE MUSCLE—PUT IN PERSPCTIVE

A BRIEF recollection of automotive muscle confirms the current idiocy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Scott Pruitt wanting to dial back the auto industries’ hard-earned, if occasionally grudging, advances … Continue reading

May 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

(GARDEN) PARTY POLITICS, RHINOS ON STAGE

THEATRE OF THE ABSURD, yesterday’s topic here at SimanaitisSays, is an excellent metaphor for the current political scene. There’s unreality, cliché, tragicomedy, and a person here and there striving to … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

THEATRE OF THE ABSURD

WHAT WITH the world seemingly at sixes and sevens, what better time to explore the Theatre of the Absurd? Its mid-20th-century plays by Edward Albee, Samuel Becket, Václav Havel, Eugene … Continue reading

May 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

EVOLUTION EVOLVES TOO

IF EVOLUTION’S clock were wound back and restarted, would I be here to compose these lines or you to read them? This provocative question is addressed in Jonathan Losos’ book … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · 2 Comments