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A LOVE POTION GONE AWRY PART 2

YESTERDAY, A WAGNER opera taught us that chemical enhancement of boy meets girl can lead to trouble. Today in Part 2, Tristan and Isolde aren’t the only ones encountering life’s … Continue reading

July 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

A LOVE POTION GONE AWRY PART 1

I ENJOYED WATCHING Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, part of the Metropolitan Opera’s free streaming. This opera generates ecstatic appreciation from some and bored derision from others. I place myself in … Continue reading

July 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

AUTO NEWS—THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE DOPEY

FOR AWHILE THERE, the world’s pandemic put something of a hold on automotive news. Now that we’re reopening and, not surprisingly, occasionally reclosing, there seems to be a lot of … Continue reading

July 16, 2020 · 3 Comments

A POSTCARD STASH

IT IS A commentary on our times that I send few postcards these days. For one, I’m not traveling. Plus, texting and e-mail are so immediately satisfying. And I don’t … Continue reading

July 15, 2020 · 2 Comments

SLED DOGS HAVE MUSHED SINCE THE HOLOCENE

GENOME STUDIES SHOW that modern sled dogs trace back to a 9500-year-old Siberian dog related to a 33,000-year-old Siberian wolf. In particular, they’re not related to any modern American wolves. … Continue reading

July 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

THOUGHTS FROM A PHILOSOPHER WHO HAS STUDIED EVIL

THESE DAYS, THE United States is into moral introspection concerning governance, divisiveness, immigration, Black Lives Matter, Covid-19, and many other issues. Isaac Chotiner’s article “How to Confront a Racist National … Continue reading

July 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

CALAIS, THE CHANNEL ISLANDS, HENRY VIII, AND THE NAZIS PART 2

YESTERDAY, HILARY MANTEL’S The Mirror & the Light inspired me to learn more about the Pale of Calais, an English outpost across the Channel during the time of Henry VIII. … Continue reading

July 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

CALAIS, THE CHANNEL ISLANDS, HENRY VIII, AND THE NAZIS PART 1

I’M REALLY ENJOYING The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel’s third novel in her Wolf Hall series about Thomas Cromwell. He was Henry VIII’s fixer, sort of like a Trump … Continue reading

July 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

SST CONCORDE REDUX

IT’S NO SURPRISE that a 9949-word article would teach me more about the SST Concorde. The historic supersonic transport had already appeared twice here at SimanaitisSays: “Concorde vs QE2,” May … Continue reading

July 10, 2020 · 5 Comments

ON BILINGUAL BRAINS

I ENJOYED READING Michael Hofmann’s “Not in Spanish,” in London Review of Books, May 21, 2020. This article is a review of The Bilingual Brain, by Albert Costa, Catalan cognitive … Continue reading

July 9, 2020 · Leave a comment