Janet Golden Janet Golden, a professor of history at Rutgers Camden, is currently writing a history of babies in 20th-century America.
Health

What a Day for a Daydream!

By Janet Golden
By Janet Golden

Will those of us who like to daydream soon find ourselves medicated? Or pitied? Maybe those with speedy cognitive tempos will look up from their devices and see us tethered only to our imaginations, and suggest that we seek help.

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Family & Friends

Short Takes on Father’s Day: Mourning with Python

By Janet Golden
By Janet Golden

Grieving has spawned hundreds of religious rituals and thousands of self-help books. I think there should also be a what-to-watch list to cut into the mourning fog. For someone my age, there is nothing so helpful as the Minister of Silly Walks, a dead parrot, and the Spanish Inquisition.

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Lifestyle · Politics

Generation Gap: Remembering the Cold War

By Janet Golden
My college students ask me if, back in my day, we were stupid enough to think those Cold War "duck and cover" drills would let us survive? I remember both my skepticism (how would my parents come to school and find me and my brother if the bomb were dropped?) and my faith (if we are having drills, then we’ll know what to do and we’ll be fine).
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Arts & Culture · Books

“Love Bomb,” Part 2: The Author Sticks to Her Guns

By Janet Golden
Research for this book? "I interviewed a number of psychologists and psychiatrists, with an eye to figuring out how they’d think about my hostage-taker. . . One of my students is a retired police chief. He got me in contact with a psychiatrist who deals with police matters and also with a SWAT team, with which I trained. He also got me some gun training . . ."
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News · Politics

Rebellious Women: A Labor Day Toast

By Janet Golden
“Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was not the lone female spirit of the [Lawrence, Massachusetts, mill] strike. From the strike’s opening uproar, women had been as enraged and united as men. . . . [Labor leader Bill] Haywood recalled seeing women strip a policeman to his underwear and dangle him, headfirst, over a canal before another officer intervened."
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

Hollywood and the Helpless Husband

By Janet Golden
Movies reflect the culture that produces them. Significantly, even today, watching a film about men taking care of babies means you're watching a comedy. That hasn’t changed since the dawn of American cinema. Consider Edison Studio's 1915 romp, "The Sufferin' Baby" . . .
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Fashion & Beauty

Back Story: My Other Writing Lives

By Janet Golden
By Janet Golden

In late middle age I’ve found myself taking some detours from the path I’ve been on for decades. In my public life I’m a history professor and historian of medicine. In my new, other, semi-secret life I’m a humor writer.

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