'Boston’s Benjamin Edes gave his rulers some rubs, too'
, a Harvard historian and former B.U. professor, has a smart piece
in the New Yorker on the history of American newspapers -- and their possible post-neo-gothic future. Boston's early newspaper history is prominently chronicled. Ben Franklin's older brother, James, apparently loved tormenting Puritans and Cotton Mather, who once fumed about Franklin's New-England Courant
, "A Wickedness never parallel’d any where upon the Face of the Earth!”