Saturday, January 3, 2009

Quote of the weekend

"With its deeply sensationalist strain, this era [the Jacksonian] also bore more than a faint resemblance to our own time. Much like today’s tabloids, penny papers peddled articles about whoredom, divorce, even infanticide, and when stories ran dry, the newsmen simply made them up, once writing about talking man-bats on the moon."

-- from Jay Winik's review of David S. Reynolds' Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson, New York Times Book Review, Oct. 24, 2008

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