Silicon Valley Financial Center, April 2009.

The Hidden History of How the Government Kick-Started Silicon Valley

Margaret O’Mara explains why it’s time to move past the tech sector’s creator myths.
Beto O’Rourke, left, on the cover of his band Foss’s 1993 EP

What’s Left of Generation X

To be Gen X was to be disaffected from the consumer norms of the 1980s, but to be pessimistic about any chance for social transformation.
Imani Coppola performs at Jones Beach, New York, as part of the second annual Lilith Fair (1998).

Building a Mystery: An Oral History of Lilith Fair

In the mid-1990s, Sarah McLachlan set out to prove a woman's place was center stage.

'Reality Bites' Captured Gen X With Perfect Irony

The 1994 studio film was written by a 20-something who mined her own life to tell the story of a generation that disdained 'selling out.'

A Brief History of Seltzer Booms in America

For over 100 years, the bubbly beverage has gone in and out of vogue as a wellness tonic.
Guy Fawkes wax model buring on the bonfire at the Billericay Fireworks Spectacular in Lake Meadows Park, Billericay, Essex (2010).

The Surprising Origins of the Phrase 'You Guys'

When did people start using the phrase to refer to a group of two or more?
Margret and H.A. Rey.

The Parents of Curious George

Margret and Hans A. Rey, the reluctant parents of a cartoon ape-child, always yearned to leave children’s literature behind.
Arrowhead, the residence of writer Herman Melville, in Berkshire County, Massachusetts (1934).

Herman Melville at Home

The novelist drew on far-flung voyages to create his masterpiece. But he could finish it only at his beloved Berkshire farm.
Front cover of Isaac Hayes'

How Isaac Hayes Changed Soul Music

The political rumblings beneath his 1969 album, "Hot Buttered Soul."
Members of the Malcom Shabazz High School marching band, from Newark, N.J., perform at the the Times Square unveiling of Kehinde Wiley's sculpture

With a Brass Band Blaring, Artist Kehinde Wiley Goes Off to War with Confederate Statues

Kehinde Wiley unveils his new equestrian statue in Times Square. In December, it will be installed in Richmond, with those of Civil War generals nearby.
The eight Black Sox players

Black Sox Forever

Reflections on the centennial of America’s greatest sports scandal.
Charles Schulz holds a drawing of his famous character

The Debt That All Cartoonists Owe to "Peanuts"

How Charles Schulz's classic strip shaped the comic medium.