Recommended reading

๐Ÿ’ป Divorce is common today. Perhaps we forget how much it hurts everybody involved — even the children, who frequently deal with its aftereffects for the rest of their lives. J. P. Cavanaugh tells some of his story as a child of divorce, and how it affects his relationships to this day. Read Divorce – The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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๐Ÿ’ป Jon Konrath remembers a shopping mall in his hometown of Elkhart, Indiana. It was razed a long time ago. He shares his memories, and comments on what was lost as the mall declined and closed. In an era where we think of malls as an aberration, it’s interesting to think that they served a real purpose in their day. Read Life and Death of the Pierre Moran Mall

๐Ÿ’ป John Scalzi writes a scathing analysis of the Republican party since the days of Newt Gingrich. His analysis does fit the evidence. Read But What If We Didn’t

๐Ÿ’ป A hundred years ago, commercial photographers could make a living photographing the built environment: buildings, bridges, and such. It’s why we have a wealth of photographs sites like Shorpy can show us. But who is photographing the built environment today? That work no longer pays. Don Friedman discusses. Read Pop Culture

๐Ÿ’ป The thing I miss most about high school and college was that it was relatively easy to make friends. In adulthood, we don’t have so many people around us all the time for friendships to form spontaneously. David Cain believes that one small, simple risk can help us make more friends in adulthood. Read How to Make Friends as an Adult

๐Ÿ“ท Dennis Mook was a forensic photographer for the police in the 1970s. He tells how it worked in those days: Pentax Spotmatics, Kodak Tri-X, and giant Honeywell flash units. Read An Interesting Story About Black And White Photography

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5 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. […] came across this posting via Jim Grey’s Recommended Reading column for today.ย ย  He linked to John Scalzi’s post entitled “But What if We Didn’t?” […]

  2. tcshideler Avatar

    Thanks for this great roundup of things I’d have otherwise missed. I am a regular reader of JPC’s blog and found it valuable as a child of divorce myself and an acquaintance of his.

    The post about the Pierre Moran Mall hit home since I lived with my dad and second stepmom for a while in Elkhart as a teen and went there a few times. I remember it just as the writer did, unremarkable, weirdly-assembled; a totem. No pun intended.

    Finally the article about Gingrich-era Republicanism struck a chord with me, articulating things I’ve thought in a way that I couldn’t string out myself. Thanks for your expert aggregation!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Even though I grew up in South Bend, I never went to the Elkhart malls. I lived within a bike ride of Scottsdale Mall and that was the place I went!

      The Gingrich Republicanism article poked me right between the eyes. It’s a stunning analysis.

  3. tbm3fan Avatar

    Good story by JP.

    Still have Sun Valley Mall in Concord since 1967 which had been said to have been the largest indoor air conditioned mall in the world at that time. Unfortunately one anchor is Sears and the other end has JC Penney with Macy’s in the middle. Time will tell.

    Since 1972 I have voted for who I thought was best at the time and moved around in both parties. When the Grinch became Speaker of the House was the day I stopped voting Republican ever again. I immediately saw the writing on the wall and what he stood for so I separated myself right then and there.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Your mall sounds like a relic!

      I didn’t see clearly what the Republicans were up to for far too long.

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