The Man Who Photographed Ghosts
A new book explores the work of William Mumler and the mysteries of spirit photography.
New York Times
October 24, 2017
From the day it was inaugurated, the Statue of Liberty has symbolized the tensions between national independence and universal human rights.
Francesca Lidia Viano
October 1, 2018
The Erotics of Cy Twombly
Poet Joshua Rivkin’s new book about Cy Twombly is “stranger and more personal than a biography.”
The Paris Review
October 17, 2018
The History of American Fear
An interview with horror historian David J. Skal.
October 28, 2016
Sears’s ‘Radical’ Past
How mail-order catalogues subverted the racial hierarchy of Jim Crow.
Antonia Noori Farzan
October 16, 2018
Here Is a Human Being
The Spotify and Ancestry partnership proposes to entertain users based on the narrowest possible conception of who they are.
September 27, 2018
How We Roasted Donald Duck, Disney's Agent of Imperialism
Why a 47-year old anti-colonialist critique by Chilean dissidents may be newly relevant in the Trump era.
October 5, 2018
How Reconsidering Atticus Finch Makes Us Reconsider America
In his new book, historian Joseph Crespino offers lessons drawn from Harper Lee's ambivalent treatment of this iconic character.
October 10, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh Goes to the Movies
A film scholar reflects on the image of masculinity depicted in "Grease 2," released the same summer of Kavanaugh's alleged assault.
October 2, 2018
The Vietnam War: A History in Song
The ‘First Television War’ was also documented in over 5,000 songs.
September 25, 2018
Who's the Boss?
When conductor and soloist clash, a concerto performance can turn into a contest of wills.
The American Scholar
July 26, 2018
James Baldwin’s Ideas and Activism during the 1980s
Baldwin's often overlooked final years of activism during the 1980's.
September 20, 2018