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What Lurks in Your Parents' Attic?

What lurks in your parents’ attic, basement or storage locker? You never know until the time comes to help clear these locations, a time that could also be fraught with the sadness of losing a parent. 345 more words

Historical Fiction

Anything Goes into a Prohibition Era Cocktail

No one knows when cocktails were first invented, but we do know why they were: to make the taste of liquor bearable.

Sure we don’t have the exact date of the invention of cocktails, but it was sometimes between the XVIII and the XIX century, most likely in America. 629 more words

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Party of the Summer: The Governors Island Jazz Age Lawn Party

It’s not quite summertime in New York until you dapper up, don an ascot and take the ferry to Governors Island for a day of big brass band shimmying. 285 more words


8 Sentence Sunday on Dieselpunks #11

Although most of the story happens in a speakeasy which is also a jazz club, and so I had plenty of occasions to describe the Black Belt night life throughout the novel (and the whole trilogy, actually), this chapter where Sinéad goes out cabareting was my first occasion to delve into the excitement so strongly connected to the Jazz Age night life. 411 more words


How Much $$ Was Made during Prohibition?

This is a famously difficult question, one that historians and economic historians have played with for decades. Still, it is fun to speculate. According to Daniel Okrent, the historian who wrote the marvelous book, 175 more words

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Book #36 - The Great Gatsby

I know Dave is gonna hate me for my opinion of this, because he’s a little obsessed with it, but I can’t help it. F Scott Fitzgerald’s story of tragic love, the American dream, and the destructive carelessness of Tom and Daisy Buchanan left me cold, and I didn’t enjoy it at all. 244 more words



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