Tag: History

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The Citizen-Soldier

“In some ways, joining the military is an act of faith in one’s country—an act of faith that the country will use your life well.”

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "What Will Make It Last"

Unspoken issues grip a couple's dinner along the Mississippi River.

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Inhaling the Spore

A trip to the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles.

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Up and Then Down

The lives of elevators.

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The Polaroids of the Cowboy Poet

Chris Earnshaw began taking photographs of Washington, D.C. more than 40 years ago. By the time he paid a visit to a museum to tout his work, he had in his possession—in plastic bags and filing drawers—3,000 Polaroids of a city long gone.

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How a 90-Year-Old Missing Person Became a Hit on Spotify

Nobody noticed Connie Converse when she was trying to get a record deal in New York in the 1950s. Nobody stopped her when she left her life in Michigan in 1974, never to be seen again. Today, her music is heard by tens of thousands.

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Death of a Valley

In the middle of a new drought, looking back at a drowned California town.

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1491

The Western Hemisphere before Columbus.

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Mystic Nights

The making of Blonde on Blonde in Nashville.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Public Debt"

David Hosack attends to a mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton.

"Hosack felt a hitching panic build, his instincts wound too tightly, overtaxed, a clockwork spring about to snap. Only Hamilton could do this to him. The frame prone before him was frail, narrow, woman-small. His coat, waistcoat, shirt, underclothes sopping him up, holding him together. Delicate embroidery sodden, delicate fingers cold with the loss of blood. Hosack had seen this man’s blood before, and the blood and vomit and delirious fever-dreams of his wife, his children. But this was—Hosack sickened, the scene before him tilting. Three years before—Hamilton’s son, Phillip, bleeding out after his own duel on the same Weehawken site. Their faces so alike, their mangled bodies. Their right sides."

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The Forgotten Village

Revisiting California’s grape vines more than 70 years after the publication of The Grapes of Wrath.

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American Hippopotamus

A hundred years ago, in the midst of an American food crisis, two spies who had once sworn to kill each other came together with a plan to feed America: hippo meat.