In the attached 1914 magazine profile, Joseph Edgar Chamberlin (1851 - 1935) asked, "Who is Goldberg?" and then jumped right in and proceeded to answer that question. However, the reader should understand that in 1914 it simply did not take very long to give the answer. With so much good work yet to come, this article outlined the cartoonist's earliest employment record while making clear that he was already well known for his invention gags, which had already appeared in many papers across the United States.
If you would like to read a 1930 article written by Rube Goldberg click here.
Click here to see an anti-New Deal cartoon that Goldberg drew in 1939.
A witty if dry profile of George Jean Nathan (1882 - 1958), one of the more prolific essayists and reviewers of all things dramatic and literary during the Twenties. At the time of this printing he was serving as the co-editor (along with his friend H.L. Mencken) of the American magazine THE SMART SET while contributing occasional drama reviews to VANITY FAIR. You'll read a very long list of Nathan's likes and dislikes, which, in fact, comprise 99% of the profile.
Later in life, Nathan would wed Mary Pickford - read about her here...
The back-and-forth that took place throughout a number of Florentine conversations between journalist Fredericka V. Blankner and Italian writer and drama theorist Luigi Pirandello (1867 – 1936: awarded Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934) were printed in her 1928 article, "Pirandello, Paradox":
"I see life," says Pirandello, "as a tragedy..."
An enthusiastic review of the Hollywood silent film, "The Tiger Woman" (1917) starring the first (but not the last) female sex symbol of the silent era, Theda Bara (born Theodosia Burr Goodman; 1885-1955). This very brief review will give the reader a sense of how uneasily many men must have sat in their chairs when she was pictured on screen. Theda Bara retired in 1926, having worked in forty-four films.
Legendary silent film player Erich von Stroheim (1885 – 1957) gave an account of his life and career in this 1920 interview printed in Motion Picture Magazine. The article touches upon von Stroheim's roll as producer for the movie "Blind Husbands" (1919), but primarily concentrates on his pre-Hollywood life and his disappointment with the "provincial" nature of American films:
"Motion picture audiences have been educated down to to accept drivel until they have lost all perspective. It will take time to again build up a sane balance and an artistic judgment."
William Seabrook (1884 – 1945) was an explorer of mysticism, whose interests had once compelled him to study the secret rites of Haitian Voodoo, the ritual of Muslim dervishes and the sorcery of African cannibals. He was witness to the orgiastic worship of these African natives as they cavorted before blood-stained altars deep in the jungles. A battle-scared veteran of the W.W. I French Army, Seabrook was author to numerous books on many such topics that his contemporaries in the West considered freaky taboos that were best left for oddballs to pursue.
Nonetheless, his pursuits attracted the attention and friendship of such fellows as the eccentric Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) and the noted parapsychology scholar Joseph Banks Rhine (1895 – 1980); it was the latter of these two who is mentioned in this article for his collaboration with Seabrook in the study of extrasensory perception.