[Ads-l] dime-store novel

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 14 12:34:27 EST 2019


My own reaction to it was/is that it alluded to the swiveling racks of
paperback mysteries and sci-fi once found in dime stores (Woolworth's and
Lamston's were my favorites).

They were found elsewhere, of course.  But if you're going to rationalize
the "dime" in "dime novel," "dime-store" seems like a good way to do it.

JL


On Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 10:34 AM Mark Mandel <mark.a.mandel at gmail.com>
wrote:

> As "only worth a dime".
>
> Mark
>
>
> On Mon, Jan 14, 2019, 8:17 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com
> wrote:
>
> > I mentioned this rationalization of "dime novel" back in 2005 and again
> in
> > 2007. I heard it more than once from a student in 1992.
> >
> > Joshua Green, CNN Political Analyst, has just characterized the current
> WH
> > intrigue as "something in a dime-store novel."
> >
> > With the eclipse of dime-stores, however, the idea will have to be
> > rationalized again.
> >
> >
> >
>
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