Going Going Gone: Vanishing AME

Susan Jonas, Author, Chronicle Books, Author, Marilyn Nissenson, With Chronicle Books $18.95 (192p) ISBN 978-0-8118-0292-5
Jonas and Nissenson ( The Ubiquitous Pig ) slyly present nostalgia with a subtext--many of their examples of phenomena which are disappearing, or already have disappeared, are gender-related. Each entry has a short descriptive essay and black-and-white photographs. For example, the treatise on blue laws--which kept businesses closed on Sundays--outlines their Puritan roots and points out that with women in the work force, Sunday shopping became a necessity. Quotes from popular literature also enhance these often ironic presentations, such as the segment from a 1939 Harper's Bazaar article included in the section on girdles. On a more serious note, sexual assault is shown to have caused the demise of hitchhiking; the end of men's clubs like Yale University's Skull and Bones is chronicled by its members; and comments on the decrease in the number of nuns include anecdotal evidence such as film director Martin Scorsese's belief that ``most of the nuns who taught him were hopelessly ignorant and politically conservative'' and an unnamed artist's comment that nuns made parochial school students believe that Protestant friends would ``put a microscopic sliver of bacon in a cupcake and give it to us on Friday.'' (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 01/31/1994
Release date: 02/01/1994
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 192 pages - 978-0-8118-1919-0
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