The History and Significance of Kente Cloth in the Black Diaspora
Kente serves as more than a pop of color at college graduations.
May 22, 2017
The Curse of an Open Floor Plan
The flowing, connected interior has become ubiquitous, and beloved. But it promises a liberation from housework that remains a fantasy.
May 17, 2018
The History of the Solo Cup, From the South Side to Star Wars
The ubiquitous plastic vessel has come a long way.
May 17, 2018
A review of a "The Low Road," a “mordantly anti-Hamiltonian” play that made its debut at New York's Public Theater this spring.
May 16, 2018
Chuck Berry Invented the Idea of Rock and Roll
The origins of rock and roll are unknown, but no one can deny the role Chuck Berry played.
March 18, 2017
The Syncopated Geography of Hip-Hop
Music scholar Katya Deve explores the history and geography of hip-hop.
May 12, 2017
Blood in The Water: Four Dead, A Coast Terrified and The Birth of Modern Shark Mania
A series of deadly shark attacks by the Matawan Man-Eater shook New Jersey and prompted President Wilson to declare war on sharks.
May 31, 2017
The Death and Life of the Instant-Print Camera
The iPhone era has ushered in a new fondness for analog photography that has turned clunky cameras into necessary accessories.
May 15, 2018
The First Film Ever Streamed on the Internet is Kind of Crazy
Beekeeping, alien planets, and the limits of narrative as technology.
April 30, 2018
Coming to Terms With Nature
Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters in the ’60s.
May 9, 2018
Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, Jamestown Women
A new British television series, Jamestown, set off a minor public debate about just how rebellious women could be in the past.
May 9, 2017
America’s Most Political Food
The founder of a popular South Carolina barbecue restaurant was a white supremacist.
The New Yorker
April 24, 2017