Episode #35 New York City, Public History, and WWI with Kevin Fitzpatrick

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Well...we start with all this, but there is a lot more to the show including the discussion of an NYC literary movement and the movie biz...good stuff to be sure. Kevin is the author or editor of seven books all dealing with New York history in the teens and twenties...note - if you are a Dorothy Parker fan, you'll want to check him out...you can get started with these: A Journey into Dorothy Parker's New York, The Algonquin Round Table New York: A Historical Guide, Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide, and Dorothy Parker: Complete Broadway 1918-1923. But like I said...that's just for starters. We also have a good talk about WWI history and it's place in the American narrative. 

We discuss

  • Early-20th century New York City as subject
  • The Algonquin Round Table and its contribution to American literary culture
  • Living history and WWI
  • The WWI centennial and public history
  • Video games (I was surprised by this, which rarely happens)
  • WWI (or the lack thereof) in popular culture
  • The future of WWI history 

Kevin thinks it would be a great idea to check out these books (and I agree): Here is New York by E. B White; The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War by Richard Rubin, and since we both dig movies, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle should go on your watch list. 

You can find Kevin and check out his walking tours of New York City on his website, and be sure and follow him on the usual Social suspects, Twitter, Insta, and Facebook

 

Peace, 

Keith

Keith Harris