The Brooklyn Bridge was an engineering feat of huge proportions, one that came to fruition in May, 1883 with a grand opening celebration. Barnum (the original Barnum & Bailey edition) offered to walk his elephants across the bridge (never missed an opportunity to advertise, astute business man that he was). The city turned him down, but he convinced them in the end and walked the elephants across the next year. You’ll note in the photo that the entrance to the bridge is nothing like it is today, and that’s because you couldn’t drive onto it (because really, most transportation was horse-drawn at that point). You paid your money and took a seat on a cable car.
A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one. — Baltasar Gracián
Rosina Lippi is a former academic and tenured university professor. Since 2000 she has been writing and researching, haunting the intersection where history and storytelling meet. She does this by wallowing in 19th century newspapers, magazines and and street maps and consuming a lot of academic historical research. And she never gets bored with any of it. Most writers of historical fiction are obsessive-compulsive. That's her story and she's sticking to it.
As Sara Donati she is the author of the Wilderness series, six historical novels that follow the fortunes of a group of families living in the vast forests in upstate New York from about 1792-1825, with particular attention to the War of 1812. Her newest novel about the Bonner family (forthcoming 2015 with Berkley Books) is The Gilded Hour which jumps ahead two generations to follow Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner's grand- and great granddaughters into the twentieth century.
Rosina writes contemporary novels (and academic work, for example here). The majority of her book reviews can be found at Goodreads; you can also find her on Facebook and (less often) Twitter (@RosinaLippi). She lives on Puget Sound with her husband, daughter, two elderly dogs and a rambunctious cat. Sara lives with Rosina and her family, but refuses to answer the phone, do windows or make herself useful in any way at all.
places to go
- heartburn, and the digestion of feedback
- point of view
- the story arc according to cinderella
- uncle peter’s eloquence: misrepresenting characters by means of written dialect
- writing gesture
- advice for aspiring authors of fiction
- the midlist/midlife crisis
- …to say nothing of the dog: on proofreading
- open letter to steve jobs, part 1
- open letter to steve jobs, part 2
- authorial confessions
- symbolically stalin
- dear editor
- if i had a hammer: or, that opinionated bitch, my muse