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The Mississippi Corpse - CyberCorpse 12

From: Jerrydutch@aol.com

When the New Yorker was founded in the Twenties their motto was "Not for the little old lady in Dubuque." Yet the magazine was founded by midwesterners and in its prudish language etc that's exactly who it was for. The irony is that I went out of my way about 10 years ago to visit Dubuque Iowa (on the Mississippi) and it's ten times as soulful as the New Yorker- a still-born St.Louis. A would be river port that foundered and now has all the beauty of failure and wreckage- I loved it- (But I grew up in the Bronx so I'm prejudiced.) I was thinking something might be done with this- a search for "the little old lady from Dubuque" that the NYER was not written for? I heard a few years ago that the denizens of the town were trying to find a way (through the arts?) to bring tourists back to their town. I hope they haven't torn down all the old buildings. The town was haunted- seemed to be depopulated- in a time warp- Beautiful- a real little city aborted-

Jerry Rosen

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