Trekking

Past I can remember when I first saw Star Trek. That's not so unusual, but if my memory is right -- and I've just more or less confirmed that it is -- then when I first saw it was the absolute first time anyone could see it, in this country, at least. Here's the memory…

Pamela Constable on her parents’ WASP values

Great piece in the Washington Post by one of their correspondents whose Republican parents would have hated what the party has become: it occurred to me that our cerebral and courtly African American president, struggling against the tide of an angry, visceral age, had more in common with this elderly WASP gentleman than did many…

New Year Activities

The day after New Year's Day we decided to go to the British Museum, to see the mummies. So did half of London, it seemed. I've never seen it so crowded. Still, the mummies are always interesting. I must go back another time and see some other sections. Home was via bookshop, Pizza Express, and…