Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette: A Mostly Affectionate Account of a Small Town's Fight to Survive

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Macmillan, 2004 - History - 224 pages
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Bill Kauffman, a self-proclaimed "placeist" who believes that things urban are homogenizing our national scene, returned to his roots after a bumpy ride on the D.C. fast track. Rarely has he ventured forth since. Here he illuminates the place he loves, traveling from Batavia's scenic vistas to the very seams of its grimy semi-industrial pockets, from its architecturally insignificant new mall to the pastoral grounds of its internationally known School for the Blind. Not one to shy from controversy, Kauffman also investigates his town's efforts to devastate its landmarks through urban renewal, the passions simmering inside its clogged political machinery, and the sagging fortunes of its baseball heroes, the legendary Muckdogs.

 

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User Review  - ruthiekro - LibraryThing

If you are from Batavia, NY (like me) you will enjoy this book. It's full of stories and bios of Batavia's most outstanding citizens. Honestly, I thought the writing style in the beginning was pompous ... Read full review

DISPATCHES FROM THE MUCKDOG GAZETTE: A Mostly Affectionate Account of a Small Town's Fight to Survive

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

As proof that you can go home again, former editor and congressional staffer Kauffman delivers a wryly affectionate account of returning to small-town America.Kauffman is too intelligent and ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Back to Batavia
11
Return to the Natives
35
We Want a Hit
62
The Blessed Spirit Joins the Rotary Political Batavia
91
This Buds for Us
117
WalMart Cometh
142
The Other Side of the Tracks
165
And Here Ill Stay
189
Acknowledgments
203
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About the author (2004)

Bill Kauffman has written for The Independent in London and The Wall Street Journal. Although Batavia remains his psychic home, he now resides five miles away in Elba, New York.

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