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The Evening Statesman, Walla Walla, Washington, January 21, 1910

“Sir, you’re a woman” hisses detective; “Sir, I am; what of it?”

How to Brooklyn pt 5, or

If not a dock worker or a paperboy, then what?  Steve and Bucky’s jobs before World War II

Anonymous says: Okay, I have a Q based on your (WONDERFUL) How to Brooklyn posts. What kinda job would Bucky have had, say, in 1940, before the war started?

Why thank you for asking!  (Thank you also for reading!)  I love this question, not least because I spent my first few months in Cap fandom in baffled rage about the whole docks trope and why it was a thing.  

Okay, so before we go over what kind of jobs Bucky and Steve might’ve had before the war started, we should talk a little about their relative economic circumstances.  Canon is slightly conflicting on this point if you include the tie in comics, which I generally don’t because for some unfathomable reason it has Steve and Bucky meeting in Hell’s Kitchen, which is the wrong fucking borough, and going to art school in Times Square, which, I don’t even know what to fucking do with that.

So what does canon tell us?  

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10 Home Alone 2 Facts That Will (Hopefully) Give You Tim Curry’s Evil Grin Right in Front of Your Family

1. Director Chris Columbus said filming the sequel was a lot more difficult to shoot than the first film, especially the airport scenes, because Macaulay Culkin’s new-found celebrity required extra protection from fans and paparazzi.

2. The Plaza’s real phone number was used in the film, and reservations went through the roof after the movie’s release. The hotel later offered Home Alone 2 packages to guests. For $1,100 a night, families could stay in Suite 411, aka the “Kevin Suite.”

3. Joe Pesci said kids would give him their addresses because they wanted him to rob their houses.

4. After one scene, Macaulay Culkin asked Joe Pesci why he never smiled. Pesci told him to shut up. At the time, Pesci said, “He’s pampered a lot by a lot of people, but not me. And I think he likes that.”

5. Daniel Stern (Marv) said John Hughes’ Home Alone scripts described each moment in great detail, and that reading them made him laugh out loud because it was like watching the movie.

6. All of the children from the Duncan’s Toy Chest scene in Home Alone 2 were told to take their favorite toy home as part of their salary…

…and Macaulay Culkin was allowed to keep the Talkboy, even though it didn’t actually work.

7. Several of the cameras froze during production of the film because it was so cold.

8. Stunt coordinator Freddie Hice said working on the movie was like “going to a party every day,“ and that it had "some of the hardest action-adventure sequences I ever worked on.”

9. Catherine O’Hara was worried her character wasn’t trying hard enough to find Kevin, so scenes were added to show her concern.

10. Kevin’s room service bill indicates that he ordered two chocolate cakes, six chocolate mousses with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream topped with M&M’s, chocolate sprinkles, cherries, nuts, marshmallows, caramel syrup, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, whipped cream, and bananas, six custard flans, a pastry cart, eight strawberry tarts, and 36 chocolate-covered strawberries.

And there you go. Merry Christmas.

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How to Brooklyn (Guide for Cap Writers) pt 2, or

For the lov’a Pete, Include the Subway In Your Stories

Okay, so real talk.  One of the biggest signs that, for me, an author has actually lived in or been to New York or properly done their research is whether or not they include the subway in their story.  A story set in New York City that doesn’t even reference the subway might as well be set in middle America.  I’m not saying you have to shoehorn it in if your fic is, idk, a PWP where they never leave Steve’s apartment, but seriously, you can’t underestimate how much the subway impacts our lives here.

Plus, narratively, it’s a great cheat: there are few things more iconic than the New York subway system.  We’re intimately familiar with the feel of the subway from popular culture; it instantly sets your scene as being in New York; and you’ve got a great vehicle (pun intended) to literally and metaphorically move your scene and characters forward.

I won’t be coy here: the New York subway system is gross.  It smells weird all the time.  We started building tunnels in 1900 (experimental elevated lines first arrived in Manhattan in the 1860s and were expanded to Brooklyn in the 1880s.  They were pulled by tiny steam engines!  How adorable, except that elevated lines were purposefully built because so many people were killed by street trolleys back in the day)

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A story that has never been told, Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion illustrates the often overlooked Chinese experience at the heart of American history. The New York Historical Society’s landmark exhibition will be on from September 26th until May 2015. This exhibit highlights the lives, achievements, culture, struggles, and diversity of Chinese Americans from the 18th century to today.

Please help the New York Historical Society in conveying the richness of our lived experiences. The Many Faces page on the exhibit’s website offers an opportunity for Chinese Americans to tell their own stories. The New York Chinese-American community is invited to share a story and photo. Submissions may be featured in the exhibit or online. Click here to share your story. 

How to Brooklyn pt 8, or

We Have Always Been Here (LGBT History in New York)

anonymous said: ive seen a lot of fic lately where steve is gay, but bc of where he grew up he is significantly against gay marriage & supports DADT. i was wondering your thoughts on this re: historical accuracy?

Damn fandom, back at it again.

So I get why this idea comes up from time to time, and I’ll explain my sympathy and frustration with it in a moment, but I’ll start off with the happy news that no, this is not historically accurate.

We forget, a lot of times, that history isn’t linear.  We don’t go in an unwavering line from bigoted, primitive monsters to enlightened hippies.  Progressivism and conservatism are conversations that we have with each other and with culture at large: they we to each other and to ourselves, and how that shapes the ideas that follow.  Think about how American culture changed after 9/11, and how it changed against after Obama was elected: how the backlash against change and progressivism differed with each, and what enormous cultural upheavals we’re grappling with now as a result.  We tend to think of history as something that happened a while back, disconnected from our day to day lives - like we’re not a part of history and our own cultures.

So this is why I feel frustrated and sympathetic with this trope, of Steve Rogers the self-loathing conservative.  I get why people need to work out these ideas, but I feel profoundly sad about it at the same time, because for me it stems from that disconnection.

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