Brooklyn in Love and at War

History of World War Two Told Through Letters

Monthly Archives: May, 2010


Last night I went to see The Moth Grand Slam at BB King’s Blues Club in midtown Manhattan. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, The Moth is … Continue reading

May 25, 2010 · 1 Comment

Records: public and private

Is everyone concerned with fading into nothingness? I’m taking a brief respite to address why I decided to make this project something public. I believe that this process of reading … Continue reading

May 23, 2010 · 7 Comments

She will never pass into nothingness

*** I wanted to let this stand on its own so my commentary will follow soon.  Sylvia may have gotten immortality as her yearbook picture caption but the girl below … Continue reading

May 18, 2010 · Leave a comment

What’s genetics got to do with it?

Motherhood is, in the end, one of the most tangible ways to leave your mark on the world. Your children represent parts of you regardless of whether they carry on … Continue reading

May 16, 2010 · 1 Comment

Mommy says we have to be practical not beautiful.

Sometimes Sylvia wrote to Alex as a wife and sometimes she wrote as a mother. This is a letter from 1945 that Sylvia wrote out in the voice of Adrienne … Continue reading

May 11, 2010 · 3 Comments

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day! I really mean that.  I like to think that I refrain from giving in to commercially based holidays but once they arrive I can’t help but get swept up in … Continue reading

May 9, 2010 · 3 Comments

A tremendous weakness for the pen

Let’s back up a few years. Alex and Sylvia were married in late 1941. Alex was a union organizer for the New York City sanitation workers and for the Russian … Continue reading

May 4, 2010 · 4 Comments