We’re the Good Guys, Right?
Marvel's heroes are back again, but with little of the subversive aura that once surrounded them.
April 26, 2018
The Myth of "We Don't Build Houses Like We Used To"
The comment lament misses crucial context about the style trends and building materials of the past.
January 16, 2019
Lillie Western, Banjo Queen
The maleness of guitar culture stretches across decades and genres, but necessary corrections to the record are being made.
January 10, 2019
The History of 'The New York Times' Stylebook
'The New York Times' was an early adopter of style guidelines.
Columbia Journalism Review
June 19, 2018
In "The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda," Ishmael Reed Revives an Old Debate
If “Hamilton” is subversive, the mischievous Reed asks, what is it subverting?
The New Yorker
January 9, 2019
The Contested Legacy of Atticus Finch
Lee’s beloved father figure was a talking point during the Kavanaugh hearings and is now coming to Broadway. Is he still a hero?
Casey N. Cep
The New Yorker
December 10, 2018
The Surprising History of the Fortune Cookie
Searching for the roots of an American classic.
January 4, 2019
How Restaurants Got So Loud
Fashionable minimalism replaced plush opulence. That’s a recipe for commotion.
November 27, 2018
Bad Air in William Delisle Hay’s 'The Doom of the Great City' (1880)
Deadly fogs, moralistic diatribes, debunked medical theory in what is considered to be the first modern tale of urban apocalypse.
The Public Domain Review
September 30, 2015
A New Golden Age for the Tiki Bar
Half a century after the tropical craze of the 1960s, the modern age of escapism is taking cues from the past.
June 5, 2018
How Zine Libraries Are Highlighting Marginalized Voices
The librarians who are setting out to make sure the histories of marginalized communities aren't forgotten.
December 30, 2018
A Century Later, a Novel by an Enigma of the Harlem Renaissance Is Still Relevant
The enduring influence of Jean Toomer’s “Cane,” written in bursts of poetry and prose.
New York Times
December 25, 2018