Archives: journalism

Le Mans 1979 by Chris Wohlwend

February 7, 2022 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

Chris Wohlwend Chris Wohlwend is a magazine writer and editor and author of the memoir Ridge Running: A Memoir of Appalachia. The article below is about one of his experiences pursuing the worldwide field of auto racing. +++ I was awakened by loud laughter followed by a quieter “shhhh”. The language was French, the voices • Read More »

Sebring 1971 by Chris Wohlwend

February 7, 2022 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, writers, writing.

Chris Wohlwend Chris Wohlwend is a magazine writer and editor and author of the memoir Ridge Running: A Memoir of Appalachia. The article below is about one of his experiences pursuing the worldwide field of auto racing. +++ The glass of champagne wasn’t something I had planned, or even cared much about. But I was • Read More »

The special relationship of people and horses

February 6, 2022 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

If you are someone who rides horses or who thinks of horses as among the most graceful and beautiful animals on earth, Janet Jones has things to say that you will want to hear. Jones is a neuroscientist who studies perception, language, memory, and thought. She also trains horses and has become a keen observer • Read More »

Best-seller lists: let the buyer beware

February 5, 2022 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism.

To know anything about publishing is to know that best-seller lists are not always what they appear to be. Some of those lists do in fact reflect sales of books. But many, especially the ones you might see inside bookstores, reflect something quite different. Recently there surfaced a story from Great Britain that WH Smith, • Read More »

Alternatives to incarceration

January 31, 2022 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

America does itself no credit for accumulating one of the largest imprisioned populations per capita in the world. For generations now, the politically popular thing to be is “tough on crime,” and that has meant bringing more actions into the definition of criminal behavior and putting more and more people into our bulging prisons. The • Read More »

Norman Rockwell, changing with the times

January 29, 2022 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, journalists.

By 1963, Norman Rockwell had been associated with the Saturday Evening Post for nearly five decades, had created icons for the American public, and had himself become something of an icon. As an illustrator, the title he gave himself, he had reflected in his art how many Americans envisioned themselves. The problem was that it • Read More »

The fleet’s ‘superbowl’: December 7, 1941

January 26, 2022 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: history, journalism.

When Mickey Ganitch woke up on the morning of December 7, 1941, he wasn’t thinking about the possibility of war with Japan. Instead, he was thinking about football. Specifically, his thoughts focused on the game in which he would be playing that day. Ganitch was a signalman on the USS Pennsylvania, which is sitting in • Read More »

A different view of the first president

January 24, 2022 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, history, journalism.

Have you ever had the feeling when you were reading about George Washington that you might not of been getting the full story? Is this guy really is good and perfect as American mythology makes him out to be? George Washington was certainly essential to the founding of the United States. He gets a lot • Read More »

Anna Katharine Green, the ‘mother of detective fiction’

January 22, 2022 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, Women writers and journalists, writers, writing.

With the publication of the stories of the murders in the Rue Morgue, Edgar Allan Poe is deservedly labeled as the “father of modern detective fiction.” Unfortunately, he died too soon to develop that genre. That became the task of others. One of those authors, now long forgotten, was Anna Katharine Green. She is credited • Read More »

Disraeli and Gladstone: a caricaturist’s dream come true

January 19, 2022 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, writers, writing.

Some years ago, the BBC produced a 90-minute documentary on the parallel lives and careers of Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone titled  Gladstone and Disraeli: Clash of the Titans. (You can watch it on YouTube, irritatingly divided into six 15-minute segments with the first here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4CHsWMV3Es) When it comes to 19th-century British politics, the title is • Read More »

Anne Bronte, author of a classic but outshone by her sisters

January 18, 2022 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, fiction, journalism, Women writers and journalists, writers, writing.

As the baby of the family, Anne Brontë never got beyond the shadows of her more famous sisters, Charlotte and Emily. Everyone in the family doted on her, and when she died early, at the age of only 29, in 1849, her reputation and her place in English literature faded even further. Anne deserved a • Read More »

Mort Drucker and the subversiveness of Mad Magazine

December 29, 2021 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

For more than five decades, Mort Drucker was one of the most subversive people in America. Drucker was not some member of an anti-government cell plotting the violent overthrow of the rule of law. Rather he was an artist who could draw people like no other artist, revealing their pomposities and absurdities but in a • Read More »

James Gibbons Huneker: the critic who led American into a new century of art

December 14, 2021 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, writers, writing.

Rarely, if ever, has an art, music, and theater critic held such sway over American public opinion as did James Gibbons Huneker at the beginning of the 20th century.  Huneker accomplished this feat using a depth of knowledge about his subjects and a writing style that would-be scribblers such as H.L. Mencken sought to emulate. • Read More »

The most influential American woman of the 19th century: Sarah Josepha Hale

December 10, 2021 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, Women writers and journalists, writers, writing.

When Thomas Edison famously made his first sound recording in 1877 on a machine that he had just invented, the phonograph, his first words had to be something that everyone was familiar with. So, he said, “Mary had a little lamb, . . .” The nursery rhyme he was quoting wasn’t one that was composed • Read More »