An Odd Book: How the First Modern Pop Culture Reporter by R. Scott Williams

By R. Scott Williams

The exciting precise tale of a reporter who accomplished nice status and fortune writing approximately manhattan and Hollywood within the early a long time of the 20 th century.
As the highest-paid and most-read columnist of his period, abnormal McIntyre accomplished nice status and fortune. In his day-by-day column approximately ny, he recorded what used to be occurring behind the scenes and behind the curtain with pop culture within the urban and world wide.

He used to be shut associates with a few 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 etc.

With assistance from his spouse, Maybelle, atypical triumphed over a debilitating psychological disease and years failure to turn into the nation’s preeminent popular culture author. He used to be there because the telegraph replaced the inside track enterprise, after which as radio replaced every little thing. He coated reside leisure because it shifted from vaudeville to whatever new and interesting on Broadway, and had a literal front-row seat as relocating photographs advanced from nickelodeons, to silent motion pictures, and at last to talkies.

Buried below a century of swap, what unusual wrote approximately leisure, media, and politics approximately 100 years in the past nonetheless presents a distinct glimpse into some of the most interesting sessions in American pop culture.

“His maximum stock-in-trade was once his incarnate rapture on the glories of a brand new York recognizable to none yet himself. To him the towers of ny have been studded with minarets and the neon lighting fixtures of Broadway flickered like jewels.” —The manhattan instances, 1938

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