Yoho Falls, by John Singer Sargent, 1916. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
• Thinking about the uncomfortable yet somehow warm timelessness of Broadcast News on its thirtieth anniversary. (The Ringer)
• Clint Hill takes his grandparents through the National Museum of African American History and Culture: “We tell ourselves that the most nefarious displays of racial violence happened long ago, when they were, in fact, not so long ago at all. These images and videos that appall our twenty-first-century sensibilities are filled with people who are still among us.” (The Paris Review Daily)
• Going on a literary field trip with a lover of medieval manuscripts: “I am not qualified to say whether the four unpleasant-looking angels are lifelike, but they are certainly anatomically very improbable.” (The New York Times Book Review)
• David Remnick remembers Arseny Roginsky, “one of the great warriors against forgetting.” (NewYorker.com)
• The story of the “poetess of perfume,” Ann Haviland: “Perfuming follows futurist art, and by that I mean the color side of futurist art. I am perfectly mad about color, and as I think color harmony I think perfume harmony. Am I making myself clear?” (Atlas Obscura)
• That time men got angry when women stepped in to play Santa Claus: “There is one male domain, however, that should be defended at all costs. A woman Santa Claus? Heaven forbid! That would be stretching the credulity of guileless little children too far.” (Smithsonian.com)