The first frozen margarita machine is now part of the Smithsonian.

The Uniquely Texan Origins of the Frozen Margarita

A Dallas restaurant owner blended tequila, ice and automation. America has been hungover ever since.
Armed Services Editions were printed in pairs, one atop the other, to make most efficient use of the digest magazine presses.

How the Second World War Made America Literate

The story of the Armed Services Editions.
The cover of

What Happens When Children's Books Fail to Confront the Complexity of Slavery

We need literature that wrestles with the evils of slavery while confronting its complexity – especially when it’s written for children
A Village Voice newspaper stand lays on the ground in the East Village neighborhood in Manhattan, August 22, 2017.

Generations of Village Voice Writers Reflect on the End of Print

The end of an era.
Zabriskie Point in Death Valley (2003).

Michel Foucault in Death Valley

Simeon Wade describes visiting Death Valley with Michel Foucault in 1975
March 1969 cover of Jet Magazine, featuring Vickie Jones and Duke Ellington.

The Counterfeit Queen of Soul

A strange and bittersweet ballad of kidnapping, stolen identity and unlikely stardom.
Part of Esquire's 1940 spread on men's cooking.
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When Salad Was Manly

Esquire, 1940: “Salads are really the man’s department... Only a man can make a perfect salad.”

Dystopian Bodies

In her newest book, Barbara Ehrenreich attacks the "epidemic" of wellness.
Famous jazz musicians Art Tatum and Phil Moore standing outside a Club Downbeat in New York City.

The Racist Legacy of NYC’s Anti-Dancing Law

The cabaret law—and its prejudicial history—is one of the city's darkest secrets.
George J. Hunzinger's armchair, designed: 1869; patented: March 30, 1869.

Furniture of the Future: Victorian New York’s Most Visionary Designer Loved His Machines

Barry R. Harwood says of George Hunzinger's work, “No one else was doing this. They didn’t have a name for it yet.”
A 19th century neapolitan pizza seller.

A History of Pizza

The world’s most popular fast food has ancient roots and a royal pedigree.
The Rolling Stones performing in Oslo in 1965.

How Rock and Roll Became White

And how the Rolling Stones, a band in love with black music, helped lead the way to rock’s segregated future.