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1923: A Silent Cal Odyssey

To coincide with the publication of Amity Shlaes’ new biography of Coolidge, it’s stereo Cals today at PJM: I have a half-hour interview with Amity on the new book. The audio is included above, but for a transcript and additional links, click over to my PJM column. (Please, click early and often.)

And I asked Ricochet’s own James Lileks if he’d do a piece for us along the lines of “Everything You Know About the 1920s is Wrong,” which is online here.

If you click through directly, you’ll miss the Photoshop I made for the homepage of Lileks as Cal, so I’m reproducing a larger version here:

If I’m remembering correctly — and if Google remembers correctly! — JFK was the last president to wear a top hat to his inauguration. Was the Gipper (who arguably began the rehabilitation of Coolidge’s rep in the 1980s by replacing Truman’s portrait in the Cabinet Room with Cal’s) the last president to wear a morning coat to his inauguration?

  1. EJHill

    What’s really sad is that Ed and I are both stuck with the same sad shot of Lieks in our Photoshop files.

    The same face is seen here:

    The-Men-of-Silent-Cal.jpg

    Here:

    James-King-Lileks.jpg

    and on and on and on. Somebody needs some new pub shots!

    Castaways.jpg

  2. James Lileks
    C

    Hah! Well, I hate having my picture taken – look like a goofy dork – so you’ll have to continue to refine and revise. Grand work, Ed – it’s EJ worthy! (And vice versa.)

  3. Ed Driscoll
    C

    Back in the Jurassic days when newspapers were still actually printed on paper, wasn’t it routine for columnists to use the same mugshot seemingly for decades? (He said, staring at his own photo from 2005…) I wonder what the record is for the columnist who used the same photo the longest.

  4. EJHill
    Ed Driscoll:  I wonder what the record is for the columnist who used the same photo the longest. 

    Reisel.jpgMy bet: Victor Riesel. He was blinded by an acid attack by union thugs in 1956 and used a picture of himself with oversized sunglasses until his death in 1995.

    He was fervently anti-union, anti-communist and payed the price.

  5. Stephen Dawson

    Mr Driscoll, when I found your intermittent series of podcasts a couple of months ago I downloaded as many as I could find from PJM and enjoyed them all. You have a great voice and style on those things.

    So good, it’s a pity that they aren’t apparently available through a regular subscription system such as iTunes.

  6. flownover

    Mr Driscoll,

    I’d like to propose an exercise for you, as I have seen your need to fall back onto certain security blanket metaphors in the wider world.

    What cabana would you choose on the Royal Caribbean Vomitate as it slowly, really slowly, cruised the waters off Quintana Roo ?

    And how much would you be selling those always appealing fruit dishes for at that point ?  And how much for the seat that Lileks would be chilling in , sweating thru a wifebeater with novovirus ?

    To think that Wilson drooled thru the last part of his presidency and is esteemed throughout the academia more than ever !

    …back to the porch…

  7. Ed Driscoll
    C

    What cabana would you choose on the Royal Caribbean Vomitate as it slowly, really slowly, cruised the waters off Quintana Roo ?

    And how much would you be selling those always appealing fruit dishes for at that point ?

    As a legendary Marxist once said, “Well, art is art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.”

  8. flownover
    Ed Driscoll

    , “Well, art is art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.” 

    Well I had to consult with Stewart Mott on that one. He advised that applesauce is already stewed, but took some pleasure that his name was being used as a verb . I reminded him that my name was Max and his argument was Moott.

    Boy was he miffed ! Or should I say boiling ?

    Still mulling over the prune/rhubarb conundrum . Is “to marmalade” a verb ?

    Best to you and the Mrs.

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