For reasons unknown even to myself, I went down a rabbit hole that I shouldn’t have. Consequence of this is that I ended up downloading The New Yorker, Jul 18, 1942. Here are some things that I found extremely adorable and interesting af!
“New Yorkers make the best candidates for presidency” Ironically I read it on the literal day when the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump! A little bad prediction there?

Excuse me, I didn’t deserve to be attacked like this!

Talking about the raconteur

HOLY SHIT, well, I started listening to the revisionist history around last year. My favourite episode was called a polite word for liar. Which is a beautiful episode that goes through a story about memory, stories and a story teller, Larry Adler (Who also was the best Harmonica player) This came as a complete shock to me, I am stunned. This is just–!

Here’s the mention of raconteur, the polite word for liar. This just ties in so perfectly. I don’t understand how we write and read the stories that move forward in time. You know, life is rather cyclical. You always keep coming back to the things that you were associated with in different ways.

This is just heartwarming. Everything that I read here. I am melting.


I almost forget that these were published during the second world war. Interestingly, the war was something that helped USA completely climb out of the great depression.

Wartime Community Service : Taking kids away from the war tensions.

Louise Field Cooper

FictionJuly 18, 1942 Issue Young Man With A Pen This is one of the stories that really had me hooked since the beginning. I couldn’t look away, I just had to know what happens with kitty.

1942 version : Are you my mummy?

Doctor who empty child episode where The Doctor and Rose end up in middle of World War 2 around 1941. In 1940s the gas masks and air raid drills were closely related and children would be made to wear gas masks in everyday activities, including gymnastics. ref

5 thoughts on “A slice of the 1942 life

  1. Wow. Media was a lot different back in the day. Could you imagine if in school they taught us that whatever our trade or profession was we’d seldom be better at it than anyone else?

    1. It’s such a refreshing perspective really. Your value isn’t determined by “how much better” you’re in your work compared to the next person.

      Weirdly, that’s the same thing I’ve been struggling with personally–to what degree does your work define you. Don’t know yet, maybe a few more magazines from 1940s might help haha.

  2. I think it is so interesting that there is a polite word for liar. It seems to me that Adler was a storyteller and it’s kind of funny to me that he was said to be a liar.

    1. Hahah, it’s a really interesting story. You should listen to Malcolm Gladwell’s episode on that. “An early morning raid, a house-full of Nazis, the world’s greatest harmonica player, and a dashingly handsome undercover spy.”
      Just that both of these people have two completely different memories about this event

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