Busy Weekend

February 12th, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized

I got a temp job for next week (yay!) so I have to accomplish in a weekend what I would have accomplished next week. Okay, it’s not possible, but I have to try.

Question: Do you think the average reader knows who Jacob Riis was without having to google him?

Looking into the window of a shoe store. I love windows that kinda don’t make sense, that are filled with objects the owner likes or have sentimental value. Or maybe the owner was just, “we have a window, we have to put stuff in it, what do we have lying around?” I should have walked up and focused on that bottom shelf. Maybe I’ll do a series of windows like this.


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  1. 4 Responses to “Busy Weekend”

  2. By Nora on Feb 12, 2011

    I am nothing if not average and although I have definitely HEARD the name Jacob Riis, I WOULD have to Google him. But knowing a little about you and the book you’re working on, my first guess might be that he is a musical figure. But I also hear this little voice that says he’s Dutch so maybe he had something to do with the founding of New York?

  3. By Nora on Feb 12, 2011

    Just Googled him. I wasn’t even close.

  4. By Stacy Horn on Feb 12, 2011

    It wasn’t a test or anything. I had a small thing about Jacob Riis in my book and a friend said most people aren’t going to know who he is unless they are NY history buffs like myself. And it would have bogged down the section if I had to explain who he was. So I took it out.

  5. By Karen on Feb 12, 2011

    I’m probably one of the few people who has read all of “How the Other Half Lives” (about ten years ago), so I know exactly who Jacob Riis was. I did that prior to a NYC trip that had the Tenement Museum on my list of places to go to see.

    I know things are better today by half, but I also wonder if we aren’t on a slippery slope.

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