A. K. Sandoval-Strausz, author of Hotel: An American History, appeared on WBUR Boston’s On Point to discuss “how America invented the hotel, and how the hotel invented America.” You can listen to the program–which aired on Thursday, December 13th–in Windows Media Player by clicking here, or with RealPlayer by clicking here. For an excerpt from Hotel: An American History, a slideshow of images from the book, or more about the radio program, click here. Or if you want to hear even more from Sandoval-Strausz, click here for his interview from the Yale Press Podcast.
Hotel is a spellbinding history of the hotel in America—a saga in which politicians and prostitutes, tourists and confidence men, celebrities and salesmen all have a role. The book explores the modern hotel as a distinctly American invention, the development of its architecture, and its influence on society from colonial days to the civil rights movement.
And from WAQY Springfield, MA, Bax & O’Brien interviewed Daniel Solove about his book The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet. The interview, which took place this morning, can be heard in two parts, here and here.
This engrossing book explores the profound implications of personal information on the Internet, preserved forever even if it is false, biased, or humiliating. Brimming with examples of online gossip, slander, and rumor, the book discusses the tensions between privacy and free speech and proposes how to balance the two. What information about you is on the Internet?