Ted Bundy in a courtroom, 1979.

Blinded by The White: Race And The Exceptionalizing of Ted Bundy

Why America's obsession with Ted Bundy needs to stop.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon, July 20, 1969.

How Stanley Kubrick Staged the Moon Landing

To understand America, you can start with Apollo 11 and all that is counterfactual that’s grown around it.

A Brief History of the S'more, America’s Favorite Campfire Snack

So gooey, so good.
An anti-Lincoln political cartoon depicting the mayhem that would be unleashed if Lincoln were reelected and forced interracial marriage (1864).

The “Miscegenation” Troll

The term “miscegenation” was coined in an 1864 pamphlet by an anonymous author. It turned out to be an anti-abolition hoax.
When a group of white and African American integrationists entered a segregated hotel pool, manager James Brock poured acid into it, June 18, 1964.

The Forgotten History of Segregated Swimming Pools and Amusement Parks

Beyond public accommodations and schools, resistance to integration included keeping pools and amusement parks segregated.
Charles Lindbergh, with Spirit of St. Louis in background, 1927.

Back When American Fascism Was Bad

On the cancelling of Charles Lindbergh.
Suzanne Lenglen, 1926.

Wimbledon’s First Fashion Scandal

100 years ago, a tennis player shocked spectators with her “indecent” dress—not for the last time.
A crowd swarms over the wreckage to claim souvenirs in Buckeye Park in Ohio after a staged train wreck in 1896.

For 40 Years, Crashing Trains Was One of America’s Favorite Pastimes

From 1896 until the 1930s, showmen would travel the country staging wrecks at state fairs.
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A Universe of One’s Own

Only in the science fiction genre can one compare an alien to a woman.
Ayn Rand, Russian-born American novelist, in Manhattan with the Grand Central Terminal building in background (1962).

The Persistent Ghost of Ayn Rand, the Forebear of Zombie Neoliberalism

A review of Lisa Duggan's book, "Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed.”

Gump Talk

25 years later, what does Gump mean?
An undated photograph of British author Rudyard Kipling.

Triumph and Disaster: The Tragic Hubris of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If—’

The long and complicated life of Kipling's famous poem.