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John Thorn
John Thorn
John Thorn, the Official Historian of Major League Baseball, thinks and writes about other subjects, too. Sometimes he writes about football, sometimes about New York history, and sometimes about arts and letters, especially of the nineteenth century. He resides in Catskill, New York.


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Feb. 20, 2012 4:23 pm
Several years back, I received an email from Tom Rinaldi, one of the proprietors of the wonderful website , to which I direct you as soon as you have finished reading this. He had read and enjoyed some of my architectural essays, such as those on Downing, Davis, and Vaux. “I have a quick question and you seemed like just the person to ask,” Tom wrote. “Where...  Read More
Feb. 11, 2012 4:50 pm
The Rondout Courier of May 24, 1850 contains a modest and to modern eyes refreshingly low-key advertisement for a general store—no double-cents-off, no two-for-one promotion, no seasonal special, no can-can fest. “NEW ARRIVAL,” it reads, “E. SUYDAM would inform his friends and the public generally that he has just received a fresh supply of Groceries and a good amount of Crockery, to which he...  Read More
Feb. 7, 2012 2:36 pm
Almost sixty years ago my parents, looking to move from our apartment in the Bronx, brought me along for a realtor’s tour of an attractively priced row house in Maspeth, Queens. Everything seemed neat and agreeable until, walking into the kitchen at the back of the house, my mother gasped at the view out the rear window: a massive cemetery. She rushed my brother and me out of the house as my...  Read More
Feb. 4, 2012 4:11 pm
Consider the plight of the regional musician, the coterie painter, the provincial intellectual … the local newspaper columnist. All may descend upon the coffee shop as demigods yet know in their hearts that, having never truly tested themselves in deeper waters, they are no more than small-pond fish. Some, untroubled by aspiration, are content in their modest celebrity; others burn with the...  Read More
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