The Rest Is History

Spacesuits, smallpox, and living forever.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, September 07, 2018

Mural of astronauts at the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum, c. 2000. Photograph by Carol M. Highsmith. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

• Fighting for immortality, or debating who “chose poorly.” (Aeon)

• A history of Yiddish newspapers. (Times Literary Supplement)

• Teaching kids to forget—or never learn about—Reconstruction. (Jacobin)

The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls is twenty years old. (The Atlantic)

• What was lost in the Brazil National Museum fire. (The New York Times)

• “The Girdle-Inspired History of the Very First Spacesuits.” (Racked)

• The history of the smallpox vaccination. (

• Here’s a chance to buy writing advice from Mark Twain. (Atlas Obscura)

• Today in obituaries: Kenny Shopsin, the inventor of the coffee filter, and the woman who created the toll-free AIDS hotline.