Tune In To Brian Lehrer For Stacey Patton

Montclair historian Stacey Patton will be on The Brian Lehrer Show today discussing her memoir “That Mean Old Yesterday.” In addition to her own story, Patton will discuss the impact of slavery and Jim Crow on contemporary childrearing practices of African Americans. Tune in at 93.9 FM or 820 AM from 11:05 am -11:35 am. Or listen at WNYC.com

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22 COMMENTS

  1. She looks too young in that picture to actually merit a memoir, or to comment knowledgeably about child-rearing among any group.

  2. Stacey Patton will be presenting her book in Montclair in September and then later on in NYC. The photo is from her childhood.

  3. Here’s a new photo. And cathar, it’s not the number of years a person has lived, but what has happened, that makes a memoir.

  4. If you read her biography, you’ll see she’s pretty accomplished and is writing her dissertation on the subject. She is young (born in 1978),but it’s nice to see someone her age thinking about important subjects.

  5. Liz, your statement as a blanket justification is bull. Have you read the crap that passes for “memoirs” these days? It seems that just a short stint in rehab or even a mildly dysfunctional childhood qualifies for a publishing contract these days. Stacy Patton may be an exception. May be.
    You also could simply have run an adult photo of her, instead of trying to be cute, in the first place. If only to forestall frankie g’s predictable attempt at back-up nannyism.

  6. And, “fyi,” I’ve read (more accurately, had to plow through) enough dissertations in my day to know that the term guarantees nothing. Not even, at times, basic familiarity with the rules of English grammar and spelling. So don’t try that one on me.

  7. cathar, for all the time you spend here complaining about the content you should just start your own blog

  8. I wasn’t trying to be cute — it was the photo Brian Lehrer was using. Maybe he is trying to be cute — or maybe the fact that Stacey’s childhood traumas figure into the book is the reason a photo of her as a child is used. Perhaps you jumped the gun.

  9. There was no “gun” to jump. Merely what we apparently agree on, Liz, a misbegotten attempt to be cute. Which is especially groan-worthy given that Lehrer has a radio show, for pete’s sake.
    And State Street, as I told someone else on this site once who actually vowed to read it regularly if I’d create one, no blog for me, nosiree. Just an interest in editorial accuracy and relevance. The world is already much too full of people who hate to have “unpublished” thoughts.

  10. The world is already much too full of people who hate to have “unpublished” thoughts. –Cathar
    Am I the only one who had a damn good laugh at this one?

  11. The photo is the book jacket. That’s usually what’s used when trying to advertise the book!!! It’s called brand recognition.

  12. The photo is the book jacket. That’s usually what’s used when trying to advertise the book!!! It’s called brand recognition.

  13. I heard her and kept thinking that her mother (who, she claims, hit her often) must be sitting back saying, I told you those beatings were for your own good– you are a published writer, a professor (and a Montclair historian).
    If I hadn’t beat you, you might have ended up like so many young black girls in Trenton- pregnant at 17.
    I was waining for guest host Joe Palka (sp?) to ask her about that.

  14. I heard her and kept thinking that her mother (who, she claims, hit her often) must be sitting back saying, I told you those beatings were for your own good– you are a published writer, a professor (and a Montclair historian).
    If I hadn’t beat you, you might have ended up like so many young black girls in Trenton- pregnant at 17.
    I was waiting for guest host Joe Pesca (sp?) to ask her about that.

  15. I heard this young woman speak last Fall at the Library. She curated an exhibit on growing up black in Montclair. She started a series, the first of its kind, to focus on the history of blacks in Montclair. From what I understand she was born in Montclair and has family roots here. Among that she teaches history at MSU. I thought she spoke brilliantly about the history of blacks in this town.

  16. “And, “fyi,” I’ve read (more accurately, had to plow through) enough dissertations in my day to know that the term guarantees nothing. Not even, at times, basic familiarity with the rules of English grammar and spelling. So don’t try that one on me.”
    I wasn’t “trying” anything on you. I was suggesting that since she is writing a dissertation she has experience with research. She also seems to have experience as an investigative reporter. As a result, there is a higher possibility that she is able to put her experience in some larger contexts than your average 29 year old.
    And, as others have said, some people can live a lifetime in 29 years.

  17. ” So don’t try that one on me.”
    We wouldn’t be able to cathar as your ego is too damned big and so nothing fits.
    I wouldn’t read your blog – all those lies about jim morrison, all those lies about the columbia riots, all those lies…

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