Archives: Theodore Roosevelt

Beginning the modern idea of the American West, the real target of Prohibition, and forensic science reform: newsletter, January 18, 2019

January 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 »

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Capt. Mayne Reid and the beginnings of the modern idea of the American West

January 16, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, writers, writing.

“Go West!” has been the clarion call for Americans since the days of the early Republic. West across the Alleghenies, west across the Mississippi River, west across Texas and the Great Plains — whatever is west of where we are has represented openness, wonder, opportunity, and adventure. In more modern times, writers like Zane Grey • Read More »

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A new source for Shakespeare; etymology for everyone; nutritious foods; more crimes against English

February 19, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | 1 Comment | Filed in: newsletter.

Life is not all sitting around reading and writing blog posts and painting watercolors. Sometimes there is real, hard physical labor involved. That’s what

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Bat Masterson, gunslinger first but then first-class sports writer

August 27, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | 1 Comment | Filed in: newspapers, writers.

The world today knows him as one of the Old West’s most famous gunslingers, fearless associate of the famous lawman Wyatt Earp. But in 1921, the world knew Bat Masterson as a world-class sports writer for the New York Morning Telegraph and one of the foremost experts on the second most popular sport of the • Read More »

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