If I Can’t Read a Newspaper, Then I Will Read a Book About Women’s History

26 Nov

There is a semi-serious post floating around in my brain. It is from something that I read in the newspaper. Those are the things that have been around for years but are slowly fading away. The world will be missing something when we can no longer read the news from folded paper that leaves ink on our hands. I am as guilty as anyone when it comes to the death of newspapers, but I will miss them when they are gone.

I only have one pet peeve when it comes to newspapers. I don’t mind the ink. I don’t mind when a page is cut wrong. I absolutely mind when someone folds a newspaper in unnatural ways. You aren’t making origami. Turn the pages like they are supposed to be turned. Don’t flip it and flop it. Keep it in order like a civilized person would.

The Civilized Way

The Civilized Way

Anyway, I didn’t mean for this to be an ode to newspapers. All of that just kind of spilled out of my mind. I meant to say that I have this semi-serious post floating around in my brain, but I don’t feel like writing about that topic. In fact, I don’t really have anything to write about.

I was just handed two books to review. One of them is about drug abuse and prostitution in Tennessee history. Long ago, I began researching prostitution in the American West, so this will fit in with some of my area of expertise. The other one is about women in the Progressive Era. I am not as certain about this one, but I will give it a shot.

Speaking of books, I have some favorites lining the shelves of my office. One is about Pauline’s, a famous brothel in Bowling Green, Kentucky. I know a few men around town who spent some formative evenings there.

There is also a book about Pretty Shield, a Crow medicine woman. It is a fascinating account of Native American life. The students in Expansion of the United States are going to read it. They need to find it just as fascinating as I do.

Parlor Politics is awesome. It is about the women who helped build culture and society in the early days of Washington, D.C. If you think deals are made at cocktail parties, then you should read about what was going on back then.

That’s it. I’m not going to write anything else.

6 Responses to “If I Can’t Read a Newspaper, Then I Will Read a Book About Women’s History”

  1. El Guapo November 26, 2013 at 16:47 #

    To date, two of the most interesting history books I’ve read are The Island at the Center of the World, about pre-English Manhattan, and a history of Genghis Khan that was fascinating and really well written.

    • Rick November 26, 2013 at 17:24 #

      I’ll check those out. The Manhattan one sounds really interesting.

  2. DyingNote November 26, 2013 at 17:42 #

    I’m curious – what period specifies the Progressive Era?

    • Rick November 26, 2013 at 18:12 #

      This book frames the Progressive Era between 1870 and 1930.

  3. jcalberta November 26, 2013 at 19:03 #

    I volunteer to help you with your research on “Prostitution in the American West”. I’ll start at Tomestone and meet you in Nebraska.
    Don’t wait for me.

    • Rick November 26, 2013 at 20:07 #

      It’s an interesting topic to research. I’ve spent time in Tombstone, Jerome, Butte and several other places.

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