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Interview with Jill Lepore, one of our best popular historians. Here’s a particularly good part:

One of the really staggering things to me about the great “newspaper death watch” of 2009 was the jeering jubilance of disruptors, their astounding confidence in the genius and efficiency of a new system of communication that, at the end of the day, did one thing above all: it killed the editor. Here’s a way to think about that: what percentage of everything “published” in, say, 1952—that is, every radio and television broadcast, every magazine, newspaper, newsletter, book—was edited, in the sense that it passed through the hands of at least one person whose entire job was to consider the judiciousness and reasonableness of the argument and the quality of the evidence? Let’s say—wild guess—more than 98 percent. And how much of everything “published” in 2017—every post, comment, clip—is edited? Who knows, but let’s say, less than 2 percent
Thanx to Arts & Letters Daily
supergee: (coy3)
Even Bill O’Reilly has noticed that Ronald Reagan was showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s through at least his second term.

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.

Fiction

Oct. 16th, 2015 05:58 am
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I see that Niall Ferguson has begun a multivolume fellation of Henry Kissinger; Donald Trump might have enough money to pay me to read it. He once condescended to Jane Smiley for admitting that she writes historical fiction. She tells us about it.

Thanx to Metafilter
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Even George Will has realized that Richard Nixon's meddling in the 1968 Vietnam peace talks was tantamount to treason.

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supergee: (liberal)
One of our greatest critic/historians, Louis Menand, reminds us how we got that Voting Rights law the Supreme Court says we don't need anymore.

Thanx to Serene Vannoy on Facebook

Unsung

Jul. 7th, 2013 03:12 pm
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10 unsung heroines. Small disagreement: Florence Nightingale seems sufficiently sung that I'd rather she'd listed Mary Seacole.

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] browngirl
supergee: (horse's ass)
Historian Newt Gingrich says that "Jefferson or George Washington would have strongly discouraged you from growing marijuana," presumably because they didn't want the competition.

Thanx to RAW Illumination.
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The Good Old Days, when rapacious unions and jackbooted regulators didn't oppress heroes of free enterprise like the Triangle Shirtwaist factory

Thanx to Shakesville
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Teabaggers want history courses sanitized:
Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another."
Yessiree, we should go back to telling the kids about what a wonderful populist good ole Andy Jackson was, instead of all those nasty old facts about him being a slave owner who displaced more Native Americans than any other president.

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