The Rest Is History

Body types, bodice rippers, and a collection of cryptozoologists.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, November 03, 2017

The Unicorn is Attacked.

The Unicorn Is Attacked, 1495–1505. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1937.

• Ta-Nehisi Coates shares a reading list of “five books to make you less stupid about the Civil War.” (

• This week in unexpected headlines: “Why Martin Luther’s Body Type Mattered.” (JSTOR Daily)

• An excerpt from The Last Sheriff in Texas about law enforcement gone bad and local elections past. (Texas Monthly)

• Kathryn Schulz consults Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Aristotle to ascertain the likelihood that the yeti exists. (The New Yorker)

• Meanwhile, MEARCSTAPA, “which stands for Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory And Practical Application,” looks for said fictional creatures in history. (Atlas Obscura)

• The Tune Detective tells an audience in 1952 that we need more bad musicians. (WNYC)

• A brief history of the preconceptions and period clothing that shaped usage of the term “bodice ripper”: “The funny thing about bodice rippers is that bodices are hard to rip! They’re made with bones of steel!” (Racked)