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Tag: cities

What I’m Reading: 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War

Charles Emmerson’s book about 1913 is exactly what the title promises: an exploration of the world on the eve of World War I. Rather than proceeding according to, say, a calendar of the year, or a survey of personalities or events, Emmerson has chosen… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War”

What I’m Reading: The King’s Best Highway

The King’s Best Highway is a history of what was once called the Boston Post Road–the road from New York to Boston that developed in colonial times from a series of Indian trails, became the most important and trafficked road in America in the… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The King’s Best Highway”

What I’m Reading: Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade

Medieval Cities, by French professor Henri Pirenne, was published in 1952 but is the synthesis and culmination of lectures he had been building on since the 1920s. I believe Dr. Pirenne was the one who came up with the theory that it was not… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade”

Place Names in Rock Lyrics: Rip This Joint

For this feature we’ve previously done Sweet Little Sixteen, Dancing in the Streets, Night Train, Rock’n Me, Pop Muzik, Girls, Girls, Girls, Fire Down Below, Truckin’, Everywhere That I’m Not, Mess Around, Back in the USA, Back in the USSR, and America. The next song is Rip This Joint, from the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main Street album.… Continue Reading “Place Names in Rock Lyrics: Rip This Joint”

Place Names in Rock Lyrics: America

For this feature we’ve previously done Sweet Little Sixteen, Dancing in the Streets, Night Train, Rock’n Me, Pop Muzik, Girls, Girls, Girls, Fire Down Below, Truckin’, Everywhere That I’m Not, Mess Around, Back in the USA, and Back in the USSR. Our song today is America, by Simon & Garfunkel. It came out in 1968 on… Continue Reading “Place Names in Rock Lyrics: America”

What I’m Reading: Town, City & Nation: England, 1850-1914

Working on my newest novel (it’s going well, thank you!) has taken its toll on my posting frequency lately, that and that my most recent book doesn’t lend itself to much light discussion. Town, City & Nation: England, 1850-1914 is a real academic book. But… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Town, City & Nation: England, 1850-1914”

Place Names in Rock Lyrics: Back in the USSR

For this feature we’ve previously done Sweet Little Sixteen, Dancing in the Streets, Night Train, Rock’n Me, Pop Muzik, Girls, Girls, Girls, Fire Down Below, Truckin’, Everywhere That I’m Not, Mess Around, and Back in the USA. Our song today is Back in the USSR by the Beatles. It was released as a song… Continue Reading “Place Names in Rock Lyrics: Back in the USSR”

Place Names in Rock Lyrics: Back in the USA

For this feature we’ve previously done Sweet Little Sixteen, Dancing in the Streets, Night Train, Rock’n Me, Pop Muzik, Girls, Girls, Girls, Fire Down Below, Truckin’, and Everywhere That I’m Not, and Mess Around. Tonight’s song is Back in the U.S.A., by Chuck Berry, the second song by Chuck Berry we’ve done. (The… Continue Reading “Place Names in Rock Lyrics: Back in the USA”