Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The lost world

As any reader of this blog knows, I am often blabbering on about research and old newspapers. For me, pouring over old newspapers and magazines (whether microfilm or bound copies) is a lot of fun. At times it is thrilling. At times it is like time travel - as I survey the news from 1926 and find out what motion picture is playing in town or what a local film critic thought about Louise Brooks. I get a kick out of it. Newspapers were really something else back then! Slate magazine has an essay about the glory days of early 20th century papers entitled "The Lost World of Joseph Pulitzer: A century ago newspapers were bigger, bolder, and more beautiful. What Happened?"

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