When did their style start out? What sort of work did they do? We can all draw in our own little pictures of time and time period when we were young, and we know what sort of stories we want to tell, but we also know that the history of the country is as diverse and diverse as any other history. That’s what makes the Flappers so exciting. With this book, to go back to that time and tell an older story, you just need to have enough material. And you need stories that people can relate to, in their own time period. You don’t need to be a scholar or a historian. But it can be really good, to sit in a coffee shop and have a drink and be like, the history of New York is a bunch of guys in the street, walking back-to-back with their hats on, and a lot of them wear white hats. I like that idea. It gives you more of a sense of the kind of things that were interesting to you.
When did you start researching your work? There are a lot of books and academic articles that tell you all about the time period you’re talking about, and I was interested in that, because people can write a book about the Civil War, but if I get into a conversation with somebody, and I start saying, what should I’ve been doing when I was in college when I was a kid, and they tell me that the history of the Civil War is kind of vague, and it’s kind of a mess of different stories, and it’s just not as interesting as the other stuff. So it’s like, in that way, I was trying to dig up stuff about the Civil War. It seems like the Civil War is such a big deal.
You just told me about having a beer and getting into a conversation and being like, “What are you, a historian?” What were some of the stories you came across for research? I started out thinking I couldn’t do anything. I was kind of like a historian, but I wouldn’t be a historian. So I started getting into the history of New York City. I went down to the New-York Historical Society and talked to people who were still alive in this period, who were historians. And I was like, “I think I have a chance to read those people’s stories and write a book about them.”
What kind of stories did they tell? I found them really interesting. My favorite story was one of the stories
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