April 15, 2010

Houdini jumps from Harvard Bridge

When I was a kid, I bought a beat up, pulp biography of Harry Houdini at a thrift store. It detailed his young life, his longing to become a magician, his marriage, some of his secrets. I pored over that book, read it ragged. Later, in my 20s, my mom picked up my copy and asked where I'd found "her" book - she'd had a copy herself and loved it like I did. What was it we were drawn to? The escapes? The danger? Me, I liked knowing just enough to wonder how everything else worked.

Boston, Massachusetts
from the American Memory Project


Ms. Moon said...

First off, the name Harry Houdini is pretty darn compelling.

downtown guy said...

Yeah, good pick on his part.