Tchaikovsky Didn’t Invade Ukraine

Whatever one feels were the geopolitical causes of Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine, I’m not going out on a limb when I say that the Russian military’s actions in recent days and weeks have been nothing short of evil. The suffering we’re seeing on TV and online on a daily basis is absolutely heartbreaking.Continue reading “Tchaikovsky Didn’t Invade Ukraine”

Robert D. Kaplan: A Mind Apart

By Barry Zukerman With all due respect to Jonathan Goldsmith, who plays “The Most Interesting Man in the World” in Dos Equis beer commercials, I submit that Robert D. Kaplan is truly deserving of that title. Among today’s writers and commentators on international affairs, he has an increasingly rare willingness to put aside partisanship andContinue reading “Robert D. Kaplan: A Mind Apart”

Back With Old Friends (and another cheesesteak)

I’ve been friends with the guys standing to my left and right in the above photo for a combined 88 years. But before today, we hadn’t seen each other since a Christmas party in 2019 due primarily to the COVID situation.  The three of us and our wives enjoyed each other’s company again over lunchContinue reading “Back With Old Friends (and another cheesesteak)”

How important is the conductor?

If there is such a thing as a “conductorphile,” I am one.  I alluded in yesterday’s barbecue post to my interest in classical music. It started when I was an undergraduate student during the eighties. I took a Humanities class that was sort of a primer on Western culture, including an introduction to classical music,Continue reading “How important is the conductor?”

Getting Started

After being told I should create a food blog a number of times over the years, I’ve finally decided to dip my toes in the water. I’m also using the experience to learn how to create a blog via WordPress. While it’s not strictly a food blog, I’m somewhat obsessed with the topic, so itContinue reading “Getting Started”