Poster for Captain America: Civil War (2016).

We’re the Good Guys, Right?

Marvel's heroes are back again, but with little of the subversive aura that once surrounded them.
Row of houses in an suburban neighborhood, circa 1950s.

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.

Lillie Western, Banjo Queen

The maleness of guitar culture stretches across decades and genres, but necessary corrections to the record are being made.
The New York Times headquarters in Manhattan (2016).

The History of 'The New York Times' Stylebook

'The New York Times' was an early adopter of style guidelines.
 Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of

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?
Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film version of Harper Lee's

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?

The Surprising History of the Fortune Cookie

Searching for the roots of an American classic.

How Restaurants Got So Loud

Fashionable minimalism replaced plush opulence. That’s a recipe for commotion.
‘”Old king Coal” and the Fog Demon’, a cartoon featured in Punch, November 1880, the year in which Hay’s novella was published (1880).

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.
Martin Cate preparing a flaming rum drink at his Smuggler's Cove bar in San Francisco (2010).

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.
Shelves of zines at the Denver Zine Library.

How Zine Libraries Are Highlighting Marginalized Voices

The librarians who are setting out to make sure the histories of marginalized communities aren't forgotten.
Jean Toomer's passport.

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.