Roundtable

The Rest Is History

Another man’s trash, Rosie the Riveter, and an inebriated education.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, January 26, 2018

“Girls—Are You Interested in a Job?” WPA poster, c. 1936. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

“Girls—Are You Interested in a Job?” WPA poster, c. 1936. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

• Kathryn Schulz finds a book that Langston Hughes inscribed to William Kelley at a junk shop, and then dives into the forgotten writer’s canon. (The New Yorker)

• The real (maybe?) Rosie the Riveter died. (New York Times)

Drunk History is coming back, and one of their first guests will be Tiffany Haddish, talking about art historian Rose Valland. (Vulture)

• Sex ed in the medieval age: “Physicians saw too much sex as a real medical concern. Conventional wisdom held that several noblemen died of sexual excess. John of Gaunt, the fourteenth-century first duke of Lancaster, allegedly ‘died of putrefaction of his genitals and body, caused by the frequenting of women, for he was a great fornicator.’ ” (Aeon)

• A reporter in Alabama may have found the last ship known to bring slaves to America. (AL.com)

• A field trip through old Virginia Woolf book covers. (Literary Hub)

• From the archives: Ursula K. Le Guin talks about writing. “Don’t shove me into your damn pigeonhole, where I don’t fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions.” (The Paris Review)