By R. Scott Williams
As the highest-paid and most-read columnist of his period, peculiar McIntyre accomplished nice popularity and fortune. In his day-by-day column approximately long island, he recorded what used to be occurring behind the scenes and behind the curtain with pop culture within the urban and worldwide.
He used to be shut neighbors with a number of the best personalities of the day, together with writers Edna Ferber, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald; entertainers Fred Astaire, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., Billie Burke, and Will Rogers; composers George Gershwin and Meredith Willson; actors Rudolph Valentino and Charlie Chaplin and so forth.
With assistance from his spouse, Maybelle, strange triumphed over a debilitating psychological ailment and years failure to turn into the nation’s preeminent popular culture author. He was once there because the telegraph replaced the inside track enterprise, after which as radio replaced every little thing. He coated dwell leisure because it shifted from vaudeville to anything new and fascinating on Broadway, and had a literal front-row seat as relocating photographs developed from nickelodeons, to silent movies, and eventually to talkies.
Buried lower than a century of swap, what strange wrote approximately leisure, media, and politics approximately 100 years in the past nonetheless offers a special glimpse into the most attention-grabbing classes in American pop culture.
“His maximum stock-in-trade used to be his incarnate rapture on the glories of a brand new York recognizable to none yet himself. To him the towers of long island have been studded with minarets and the neon lighting fixtures of Broadway flickered like jewels.” —The manhattan instances, 1938
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An Odd Book: How the First Modern Pop Culture Reporter Conquered New York by R. Scott Williams