National Geographic Has Always Depended on Exoticism
With its race issue, the magazine is trying a different direction. Can it escape its past?
March 14, 2018
The rise, fall, and afterlife of George Sterling’s California arts colony.
February 26, 2018
Willa Cather, Pioneer
Willa Cather's life and work broke with the standards of her time.
The Paris Review
February 27, 2018
The History Department Bracket Is Here and It Has Tenure
There isn’t much turnover with these selections.
March 13, 2018
The Raiment of Resistance
If women were going to be judged by their appearance, then the suffragists wanted to shape their own image.
March 13, 2018
How a Group of Journalists Turned Hip-Hop Into a Literary Movement
Looking back at the golden era of rap writing.
Dean Van Nguyen
March 12, 2018
Same As It Ever Was: Orientalism Forty Years Later
On Edward Said, othering, and the depictions of Arabs in America.
January 23, 2018
The 1968 Fashion Show, the History Lesson Melania Missed
What the First Lady could learn from the fashion show that was supposed to showcase America First fashion.
March 5, 2018
What Makes Jewish Comedy Jewish?
In the latter half of the twentieth century, American comedy just was Jewish comedy, tamped down to appease audiences.
The Times Literary Supplement
February 28, 2018
The Moment That Political Debates on TV Turned to Spectacle
A new documentary explores the infamous 1968 dispute between William Buckley and Gore Vidal.
September 27, 2016
The Silent Film Returns—on Social Media
Though we may still pop headphones in to watch a YouTube rant, social media has cultivated its own mute visual culture.
New York Times
September 13, 2017
Boston’s Most Radical TV Show Blew the Minds of a Stoned Generation in 1967
When a Tufts instructor launched the trippy TV show on WGBH, it was unlike anything viewers had ever seen.
Ryan H. Walsh
March 1, 2018