All these baroque music videos and not a single harpsichord? Time to remedy that. Here, Rafael Puyana plays a harpsichord built in 1740 by Hieronymus Albrecht Hass. Notice the three manuals (separate keyboards).
I’m puzzled by the signatures I’m seeing on official documents in Spanish from the early 1800s. They seem to contradict some of what I was taught about how Spanish surnames work. My understanding is that Spanish speakers don’t use their “last” name by itself. This is because they append their mother’s surname after their father’s, […]
I’ve been to the Auburn University library and back to capture legible images of manuscripts from the office of the Spanish commandant of Pensacola, Province of West Florida, composed around July 1813. One moment of discovery last week was pure bliss: a letter from the commandant describing in detail the visit by a Creek Indian […]
I happened on this page of Obama front pages from last November — what looks like a pretty comprehensive collection. (But where’s the Guntersville Advertiser-Gleam? The Greene County Democrat? Oh well.) Anyway, I picked up our two local Spanish weeklies when they each put Obama on the cover, and I still have them lying around. […]
It’s funny to find bad Spanish on a sign in a burrito restaurant. ’Course, this was that chain restaurant where employees are trained to holler “Welcome to Mo-o-o’es” every time the door opens. The one where you order menu items with names like “Joey Bag of Donuts.” The place is about as Mexican as a […]