The Ketchup Conundrum
Mustard now comes in dozens of varieties. Why has ketchup stayed the same?
The New Yorker
September 6, 2004
How Did YA Become YA?
Why is it called YA anyway? And who decided what was YA and what wasn’t?
New York Public Library
April 20, 2015
Baby, Christmas Songs Have Always Been Controversial
Long before “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” holiday songs played a part in the War on Christmas.
Neil J. Young
December 24, 2018
My Dad Painted the Cover for Jethro Tull's 'Aqualung,' and It's Haunted Him Ever Since
His quest to receive proper compensation illuminates the struggle for artists’ rights.
May 10, 2018
Our Pungent History: Sweat, Perfume, and the Scent of Death
Throughout the long and pungent history of humanity, smelling healthy has been as delightful as it has disgusting.
March 8, 2016
The Surprisingly Sad True Story Behind 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'
Copywriter Robert L. May dreamed up Rudolph during a particularly difficult time in his life.
Olivia B. Waxman
December 20, 2018
Black Panther and the Black Panthers
Much is at stake in understanding the history and relationship between black superheroes and black revolutionaries.
Los Angeles Review of Books
June 23, 2018
'What Soldiers Are for': Jersey Boys Wait for War
Essays published in a high school paper reflect the boys' efforts to prepare themselves for fighting in the Civil War.
June 19, 2018
The 10 Best Songs About Illegal Immigration
Over the past decade, music devoted to the cause of amnesty for undocumented immigrants has flourished across the U.S.
November 12, 2013
A Wonderful Life
How postwar Christmas embraced spaceships, nukes, and cellophane.
December 15, 2016
No One Writes Great Christmas Songs Anymore
But maybe those midcentury classics weren't really Christmas songs at all.
Addison Del Mastro
The American Conservative
December 21, 2017
The Real Roots of American Rage
The untold story of how anger became the dominant emotion in our politics and personal lives—and what we can do about it.
December 15, 2018