Bliss and Tragedy (ed. by Corts)

I am kind of a sucker for those newspaper accounts that mark the XX(x)th anniversary of some local event. I’m not sure why – perhaps because there seemed to be so many unanswered questions – I followed up on a story about The Ashtabula Railway-Bridge Accident of 1876 by ordering this collection of articles. And the event, though not charming as the last writer claims, continues to raise questions, not only about why the train crashed, but about decisions made and not made as well as the impact of the tragedy on the community today. The risk, I suppose (I’m not too experienced with local histories), is that not all of the writing will be good. The only essay that is really a bust here is the last one, full of platitudes, an inappropriate tone, and, because of its placement in the collection, little new information. I look forward to a road trip to Ashtabula in order to see things for myself.

image from train crash

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One Reply to “Bliss and Tragedy (ed. by Corts)”

  1. Good morning – been up since 1:30 am – watching the news and really am distressed – I wish for a positive solution. Not much much new here – horrible weather, lots of shootings and I realize how fortunate I am Where is Ashtabula and how far away from Cleveland? Love to all

    On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 5:46 AM, bookreviewsbycharles wrote:

    > cellenbogen posted: “I am kind of a sucker for those newspaper accounts > that mark the XX(x)th anniversary of some local event. I’m not sure why – > perhaps because there seemed to be so many unanswered questions – I > followed up on a story about The Ashtabula Railway-Bridge Acci” >

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