Like his contemporary, rival and occasional fan James Brown, Wilson Pickett was born to poverty in the deep South. And, like Mr. Brown, Mr. Pickett had a destructive temper, making him difficult to like in life and as a biographical subject.
Was the United States’ entry into World War I a tragic mistake? Historians have debated this question for nearly a century. America entered the conflict with a burst of idealism that quickly turned into bitterness. President Woodrow Wilson’s vision of making “the world safe for democracy” didn’t turn out so well — or at least didn’t seem worth the cost in blood and treasure to future generations.
As parents know, young children love to have adults read to them. They’ll find a favorite picture book and want to hear it over and over again. The good news is that this repetition is great for their early literacy development. The bad news is that as adults we can get frustrated reading the same story ad nauseam.