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richard-goodman's picture
Apr.06.2014
I don't remember when or where I read my first copy of Ebony Magazine. It was surely sometime in the late 1950s, though. How would I have found a copy in my segregated world of Virginia Beach, Virginia back then? It wasn't until 1959 that the schools in nearby Norfolk where integrated and then...
orna-b-raz's picture
Feb.17.2014
For the past ten years I have been studying Britain in the 1950s, so when a friend suggested that we'd see A Taste of Honey at The National Theatre in London, it sounded  like a perfect choice A Taste of Honey is the first play by the British dramatist Shelagh Delaney, written when she was...
paddison-orvik's picture
Dec.09.2013
While trying to complete my latest  work—“The Grapefruit Burners” and other Short Stories About Growing Up In Southern California, Circa 1950s—I felt a compelling need to reread Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.  The novel certainly deals with child neglect and abandonment, the topics of...
orna-b-raz's picture
Oct.27.2013
Although women’s education is not the main theme of Woody Allen’s movie Blue Jasmine, it is an important leitmotif --serving both as a characterization  device and as a moving force of the plot. In the opening scene on the plane, the heroine Jasmine tells the unfortunate lady who happens to...
bob-levin's picture
Sep.04.2013
My latest piece is up at http://www.tcj.com/the-anti-war-of-harvey-kurtzman/ It begins:     In the early 1950s, Entertaining Comics was king of the ten-cent jungle.  EC invented the horror comic (Tales From the Crypt, Vault of Horror, Haunt of Fear).  It issued the first “...
orna-b-raz's picture
Jul.04.2013
What could you do if you fall out of favor all of a sudden, or somehow become irrelevant?  A poignant example is the rejection experienced by the British novelist Barbara Pym (1913—1980) after publishing six novels from 1949—1960. Barbara Pym did not write bestsellers,  but she enjoyed a...
eleanor-cooney's picture
May.22.2013
The Time: Autumn, 1958. The place: the playground of the Washington Consolidated School, Washington, Connecticut. A big crowd of kids are in a circle around two fighting boys. Jimmy Crickskin has his arm hooked around Billy Dils’ neck from behind. Jimmy’s got Billy on the ground, a leg also hooked...
orna-b-raz's picture
Feb.24.2013
 I got the idea for today’s post from a very unusual program of This American  Life. The topic of  the 1996 broadcast was Accidental Documentaries. It told the stories of old audio tapes from the late 1960s which were discovered accidentally in a  thrift store in Chicago. These...
jennie-nash's picture
Dec.23.2012
For the next five days -- December 24, 2012 to December 28, 2012 -- my new novel, Perfect Red will be free on Kindle. I decided to do this giveaway to get the word out about the book during the biggest downloading week of the year. I don't actually own a Kindle myself. I'm partial to books printed...
lindee-rochelle's picture
Nov.29.2012
In September we talked about Boomers buying and selling their youth. Let’s take it a step further … what’s in your closet, garage or attic that you can reminisce over for a few minutes … and then let it go? I ask because I’ve had to do that recently. Let’s face it – times are tough and some of us...