Cats of unknown provenance killed in Taiwan to prevent disease.
Detail of the center panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights triptych, by Hieronymous Bosch, c. 1500. © Prado, Madrid / Bridgeman Images.
Volume IX, Number 4 | fall 2016
When early nineteenth-century corset fashion shifted from the buxom “Venus ideal” to the slimmer “Diana ideal,” it became popular for women to wear the garment but claim they weren’t. “Actresses would say, ‘I don’t need to wear a corset,’” historian Valerie Steele noted in 2012, “but you look at their photograph and you go, ‘Babe, you are so wearing a corset.’”
Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.—Miguel de Cervantes, 1605
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Lewis H. Lapham speaks with the author of Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship in the West, from the Ancients to Fake News. More