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27 April 2008
by andrew
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s is for scholar

Matthew Yglesias gets a cake upon which various words have been misspelled in his honor. Garance Franke-Ruta speculates: As blogs move us into a less heavily copy-edited world, I sometimes wonder if we’re moving back into a more 16th and … Continue reading

24 April 2008
by andrew
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why 1908? why the New-York Tribune?

A quick explanation. I wanted a Presidential election year. I didn’t want to do McKinley, didn’t want to do a re-election, and couldn’t do 1912 – which would be really interesting – because the collection I’m using doesn’t cover that … Continue reading

23 April 2008
by andrew
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cooler than the Bee

Even Eric admits it. (Whether that means this is the last Bee for a while, I don’t know.) On to today’s paper: The photo: JOINT DINNER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AND THE AMERICAN NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS’ ASSOCIATION AT THE WALDORF-ASTORIA LAST … Continue reading

23 April 2008
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late edition

I think I’m going to keep this up. I’ll try to do it regularly, but daily is probably too time consuming. Here’s what has now just become yesterday’s 1908 New-York Tribune:  Across the top of the page, left to right: William Jennings … Continue reading

21 April 2008
by andrew
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this shows potential

Inspired by the above the fold feature at The Edge of the American West, I thought of trying to do the same thing for a historical newspaper. Much to my surprise, thanks to the Library of Congress, this just might … Continue reading

17 April 2008
by andrew
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inversion

How times have changed: Filling a Vacuum. For the G.O.P., 1968 may represent the best opportunity in years—but the party has earned a reputation for booting such opportunities away. The late Sam Rayburn once said: “Just leave the Republicans alone … Continue reading

11 April 2008
by andrew
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other americas

What reporters know and don’t report is news–not from the newspapers’ point of view, but from the sociologists’ and the novelists’. It enabled me, when I learned a little of it, to write my Shame of the Cities. But it … Continue reading

11 April 2008
by andrew
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history vs. memory, round [some large number written in Roman numerals]

A while back in comments elsewhere, I wondered about a story I’ve heard about the 1960 Nixon-Kennedy debates. Supposedly, Nixon did better among radio listeners and Kennedy did better among television viewers. But there’s a problem with that account: there were … Continue reading

10 April 2008
by andrew
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a new identity

Of the three articles linked here, I thought the New York Times one, which doesn’t really try to do much more than provide some information about people of mixed racial ancestry, was the most worthwhile. One of the things I’ve … Continue reading

8 April 2008
by andrew
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regionalisms

Reading this post and especially the comments had me thinking about a couple of things from my childhood: 1. I grew up hearing a lot of Mandarin and Hakka. I don’t remember a time when I was not offended by … Continue reading