As a kid in the ’80s, I hated the preppy craze. But did I really understand the book that started it?
Meghan DaumEnjoyed this by @poniewozik. The Official Preppy Handbook was one of my earliest literary influences. I was just a kid but @LisaBirnbach was already teaching me so much about tone and how to set up a joke. And she was only 21!
“With a novelist’s fine gifts for character and scene, a historian’s depth of perspective, and a local’s intimate knowledge and love, Frank Bergon leads us through California’s Big Valley, where th…
Meghan DaumSpeaking of Frank Bergon, I HIGHLY recommend his book of essays about the "new old west," TWO-BUCK CHUCK AND THE MARLBORO MAN. He's among our most important scholars of the American west. This book will tell you things you almost certainly didn't know.
California’s San Joaquin Valley is often dismissed as small and rural. To the contrary, it’s a massive area of farms, ranches, small towns, and growing
Meghan DaumSmart piece on @ThePublicSquare by my friend and former professor Frank Bergon about California’s San Joaquin Valley. "Most Americans know little, and think less, about this complicated and neglected region."
If what it takes to create are long stretches of time alone, that’s something women have never had the luxury to expect
Meghan Daum"Gustav Mahler married a promising young composer named Alma, then forbade her from composing . . Instead, she was expected to keep the house utterly silent for him." Excellent, fact-filled piece by @BrigidSchulte. (Also, holyshit am I lucky.)
You should read a paper called “Concept Creep: Psychology’s Expanding Concepts of Harm and Pathology,” published in Psychological Inquiry by the researcher Nick Haslam. It came out in 2016 and I think I simply missed it — and some of the subsequent...