Jason Boog, writer and editor at GalleyCat, runs another blog over on Tumblr, ‘Sad Men‘, in which he offers “an archive of free eBooks, Spotify playlists,photographs, videos, and poems from the literary world of the Great Depression.”
“All attempts at gaining literary polish must begin with judicious reading, and the learner must never cease to hold this phase uppermost. In many cases, the usage of good authors will be found a more effective guide than any amount of precept. A page of [Joseph Addison] or of [Washington Irving] will teach more of style than a whole manual of rules, whilst a story of [Edgar Allan Poe]‘s will impress upon the mind a more vivid notion of powerful and correct description and narration than will ten dry chapters of a bulky textbook. Let every student read unceasingly the best writers.”
For the full essay, including tips on grammar and content, see here.
Only a few weeks ago, Sad Men posted an article about Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston, author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, traveled from Harlem to Florida during the Great Depression to record folk songs for the Federal Writers Project’s Florida Folklife archive. She left behind 18 amazing recordings, telling the story of individual folk songs and singing many of the tunes herself.
Here are the links to the first five recordings (MP3 links from the Library of Congress):
For the complete list, see here.
To have a closer look at Sad Men’s rich resource of literary history, click here.