Roundtable

The Rest Is History

Snow, valentines, and a nun’s escape.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, February 15, 2019

Sawatari in Snow, by Takahashi Hiroaki, c. 1936. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of Chuck Bowdlear, PhD, and John Borozan, MA.

• On pedestals. (Public Books)

• “The secret history of women in coding.” (The New York Times Magazine)

• Connecting unsigned reviews to famous authors in the archives of the BBC’s Listener: “A list of his contributors includes E.M. Forster, Graham Greene, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, Philip Larkin, George Orwell, Marianne Moore, and Dylan Thomas, in addition to the luminaries of the Auden Generation—Stephen Spender, Louis MacNeice, Christopher Isherwood, C. Day-Lewis and W.H. Auden himself.” (Times Literary Supplement)

• Finding history at Fashion Week. (The Cut)

• A belated Valentine’s Day message:

• Exciting discoveries in marginalia: “Archive shows medieval nun faked her own death to escape convent.” (The Guardian)

• The history of why all new apartment buildings in cities look the same. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

• On bad questions and words and snow. (Popula)

• Revisiting The Joy of Sex. (Pictorial)

• This week in obituaries: Opportunity, Lyndon LaRouche, John Dingell, and Anne Firor Scott.