How Restaurants Got So Loud
Fashionable minimalism replaced plush opulence. That’s a recipe for commotion.
November 27, 2018
Bad Air in William Delisle Hay’s 'The Doom of the Great City' (1880)
Deadly fogs, moralistic diatribes, debunked medical theory in what is considered to be the first modern tale of urban apocalypse.
The Public Domain Review
September 30, 2015
A New Golden Age for the Tiki Bar
Half a century after the tropical craze of the 1960s, the modern age of escapism is taking cues from the past.
June 5, 2018
How Zine Libraries Are Highlighting Marginalized Voices
The librarians who are setting out to make sure the histories of marginalized communities aren't forgotten.
December 30, 2018
A Century Later, a Novel by an Enigma of the Harlem Renaissance Is Still Relevant
The enduring influence of Jean Toomer’s “Cane,” written in bursts of poetry and prose.
New York Times
December 25, 2018
New Life for Old Classics, as Their Copyrights Run Out
Works by Proust, Cather, Lawrence, and Frost are among those entering the public domain on Jan. 1.
New York Times
December 29, 2018
1968: Soul Music and the Year of Black Power
The summer's hit songs offered a glimpse into the changing views of Black America.
Mark Anthony Neal
December 31, 2018
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