If you’re a fan of Southwick’s Thursday columns in the Telegram, you’ll really appreciate one of his new books — Selected Writings, Volume I. Much of this book is material that originally appeared in the Telegram . . . but then nowhere else. Until now.
Selected Writings, Volume I includes some of my favorite columns. Having visited the American Sanitary Plumbing Museum when it was located in Worcester, I enjoyed rereading Southwick’s piece titled “Worcester’s First Loo?” If you’ve ever hiked the East Side Trail and seen the remains of coal mines, you’ll appreciate the story “Worcester’s Big Coal Rush”. Other local topics include gaslights, streetcars, the “Deep Cut” under Plantation Street, influenza, Worcester’s first waste recycling facility (a municipal piggery), bridging Lake Quinsigamond, newspaper intrigues, and elections that hinged on one vote.
Mr. Southwick’s columns in the Telegram sometimes discuss matters of wider interest, and this volume includes some of those. Whether aircraft of the second World War, Eli Whitney, the first newspaper in the Colonies, U.S. Imperialism, or power struggles among the Roosevelts, Albert Southwick always has an interesting take on things. And as a veteran of World War II, Southwick has some observations about Hiroshima that remind us about what front line troops were thinking regarding the prospect of having to invade Japan.
That all said, Selected Writings, Volume I isn’t just a collection of newspaper articles. It includes texts of several talks/presentations that Southwick has given at various events, and some reminiscences of people and places that have been important to him.
Selected Writings, Volume I will be available for purchase at some upcoming book signing events, where you can get a copy autographed/personalized by Mr. Southwick himself. It is also available online from Amazon.com. If you enjoy Albert Southwick’s writing — especially if you’re looking for something to join your copies of Once Told Tales and More Once Told Tales on your bookshelf — then Selected Writings, Volume I would be a great addition to your library.