The Rest Is History

Mummies, Mahler, and mescaline.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, January 03, 2020

Book of the Dead for the Singer of Amun, Nany, c. 1050 bc. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1930.

• The National Autonomous University of Mexico is reprinting books by Latin American women writers: “The Vindictas collection was born out of deep indignation. It is women writers exhuming other women writers.” (The Guardian)

• On Alma Mahler. (The New York Review of Books)

• A question we hadn’t thought of asking: Where do finger names come from? (JSTOR Daily)

• Scanning ancient Inuit mummies for heart disease. (Discover)

• Found: 1,600-year-old bone jewelry. (Hürriyet Daily News)

• On museums in 2020. (Jezebel)

• Welcome, works now in the public domain! (Slate)

• Unearthing an ancient guide to the Egyptian underworld—and the first illustrated book. (New York Times)

• Falling in love with ancient Greek. (

• A history of the first psychedelic. (London Review of Books)

• This week in obituaries: Sonny Mehta, Barbara Testa, Woody Vasulka, Sue Lyon, David Stern, Don Larsen, Lee Mendelson, Fazle Abed, Alasdair Gray, and Gertrude Himmelfarb.