This newsletter was sent to all of the subscribers on Jim’s list (2,918) on Friday, January 25, 2019. The newsletter this week has a decidedly British flavor to it. That was not deliberate, but I’m pretty pleased with the way that things have turned out. How can you go wrong with Margaret Drabble, J.K. • Read More »
Archives: Baseball Joe
Beginning the modern idea of the American West, the real target of Prohibition, and forensic science reform: newsletter, January 18, 2019January 21, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: newsletter, writers, writing.
This newsletter was sent to all of the subscribers on Jim’s list (2,927) on Friday, January 11, 2019. You may have heard this story already. When the newspaper in Portland, Maine, announced it would no longer pay freelancers to book write reviews, the most famous author among their readership — Stephen King, no • Read More »
Tags: Arthur Conan Doyle, Baseball Joe, great American West, Mark Lawren Schad, Politico, prohibition, Seeing Suffrage, Stephen King, subscribing to a news website, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Mayne Reid
Kurt Vonnegut’s rules for writing, the Rommel myth, Becky Sharp and Baseball Joe: newsletter, January 11, 2019January 14, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: newsletter, writers, writing.
This newsletter was sent to all of the subscribers on Jim’s list (2,941) on Friday, January 11, 2019. The first full week of the New Year has been notable around here (East Tennessee) for what it wasn’t: It WAS NOT “a dark and stormy night.” For the first time since just about anyone • Read More »
Tags: Baseball Joe, Becky Sharp, Bryan Stevenson, caricatures, Desert Fox, Ed Stratemeyer, Erwin Rommel, John Dugdale, Kurt Vonnegut, Niall Barr, On the Media, Seeing Suffrage, Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
A recent newsletter of mine carried an item about the incomparable Edward Stratemeyer whose publishing syndicate produced for us young 20th-century readers series of books like the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. One of those series was titled Baseball Joe, and Stratemeyer published 14 volumes between 1912 and 1928. The “author” of the series was Lester • Read More »
Fighting poets, the public domain, the genius behind what you read as a kid, and the American cult of ignorance: newsletter, January 4, 2019January 7, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, newsletter.
This newsletter was sent to all of the subscribers on Jim’s list (2,940) on Friday, January 4, 2019. For me, the new year has seen the completion of at least one project, the continuation of several others, and the beginning of a new one. Here I’ll just talk about what’s been completed. Several years • Read More »
Tags: 1913 Washington Suffrage Parade, Baseball Joe, Ben Bolt, copyright, Edgar Allan Poe, Edward Stratemeyer, George Eliot, Hardy Boys, Mary Anne Evans, Nancy Drew, Nelson Kneass, public domain, Seeing Suffrage, The Great Gadsby, Thomas Dunn English
If you were a child in the 20th century, chances are that you owe a great deal to Edward Stratemeyer. Chances are, too, that you have never heard of Edward Stratemeyer. But as a young person, you probably did read books like the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, the Rover Boys, Baseball Joe, the • Read More »