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Music in this one is track 6 in Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts I then a track called “Ashley” from Yo La Tengo’s soundtrack to Junebug.
Tags: 20th Century, amusement parks, coney island, dreamland, Entertainment, fires, new york, rides
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This was wonderful. What’s the music? It was driving me crazy. Yo La Tengo?
Dreamland burned down in 1911. A scale model of the Golden Gate Bridge would have been prescient: the actual bridge was not built until 1933-37.
Ack. Thanks for the catch.
It’s easy for those of us out here in Radioland to snipe away at small mistakes. But that’s hardly fair, after I’ve enjoyed your podcasts as much as I have. The vignettes are intriguing, you write with some care and flare (rare among historians, both academic and general), you have an engaging radio voice, and you recognize the value of remaining succinct. So, many thanks from one of many (until now) silent listeners.
So many of your stories do, it mad me long to visit a place that isn’t there anymore. The aquarium that replaced it just isn’t the same.
Jim, he says a scale model of san francisco. When does he mention the golden gate bridge?
Amazing podcast, as always.
Will (and Jim, and whomever), I did a quick fix.
So beautiful. Thank you.
Your podcast is genius. This episode in particular is my favourite. Gave me goose bumps. Exquisite.
Beautiful sad story. loved it. gauzy hazy foggy, like a memory.
Do you have a transcript of this episode available?
Nope, sorry. We don’t do transcripts.
Just discovered your podcasts and have, too quickly, listened to them all.. Rising and Falling left me smiling, Box made me cry (Damn You!), but Dreamland was my favorite. So beautifully told. I could hear the wonder in your own voice.. Thank you for these..
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This episode is particularly amazing. I listened to it three times in a row! I love the way that you lead your listeners by the hand… and we trust you, even though we may not be certain where you’re going.
This is simply magnificent.
Your writing is so consise, descriptive and beautiful. You have inspired to start writing. Thank you
Wow ! – so beautiful.
I noticed a few other people wrote that this is their favourite episode – but I thought I’d chime in because it’s my favourite episode too 🙂 I’ve listened to it again and again, a dozen times by now at least. And every time I tell someone about your podcast (which is often), I always link to this episode first. Please never stop telling these stories!
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This is definitely my favorite episode of all of them. The words paint such a beautiful picture in the mind.
Distant memories of long ago souls lapping at the shores of consciousness. So lovely. So dreamy. So perfect
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