11/19/08

Dr.

from Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow

     Teddy Roosevelt was President. The population customarily gathered in great numbers either out of doors for parades, public concerts, fish fries, political events, social outings, or indoors in meeting halls, vaudeville theatres, operas, ballrooms. There seemed to be no entertainment that did not involve great swarms of people. Trains and steamers and trolleys moved them from one place to another. That was the style, that was the way people lived. Women were stouter then. They visited the fleet carrying white parasols. Everyone wore white in summer. Tennis racquets were heavy and the racquet faces elliptical. There was a lot of sexual fainting. There were no Negroes. There were no immigrants.

1 comment:

Molly Gaudry said...

What an excellent book. I need to reread it. Soon. Thanks for reminding me about it.

Hope you're well,
M.