Category: How Writers Survived the Depression

The Spirit of 1934

I just published “Belabored Empires” in The Awl, an essay about how a ragtag group of journalists built the newspaper unions that still stand today. Here’s an excerpt: “In the darkest days of the Great Depression, Heywood Broun, a sportswriter more famous for his gambling exploits during the Roaring Twenties and for sneaking shots of gin […]

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Sad Men Podcast

I’ve started a new podcast project, telling the stories of how a generation of men and women writers survived the Great Depression. You can find the Sad Men Podcast for free at iTunes and at SoundCloud. My first episode ponders the bloody legacy of the great horror radio writer, Arch Oboler. It is a companion piece to my […]

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