The Rest Is History

Immortality, Barbie, and “manly firmness.”

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, March 08, 2019

Fountain of Youth, by Edward Coley Burne-Jones, c. 1873. Photograph © Tate (CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0).

• “Cyrano de Bergerac has suffered multiple identity theft.” (Times Literary Supplement)

• On the digital archivists hoarding all the data no one else will remember: “With time flying, we aren’t just people archiving data together, we are more than that. Beside that, I have an affection to everything that links to collections, even IRL, I like to collect, and it’s peaceful to sort data, it’s satisfying. And the joy of people when you share something [is] worth more than everything.” (Gizmodo)

• The people in Texas refusing to forget anti-Mexican violence in the nineteenth and twentieth century: “The more I looked into it, the more stunned I was at how many Mexicans were lynched in this country.” (The New York Times)

• New York City is planning to build four new statues, all of women important to the city’s history: Billie Holiday, Elizabeth Jennings Graham, Dr. Helen Rodríguez Trías, and Katherine Walker. (amNY)

• There are currently only five statues of women in New York City. (Hyperallergic)

• On “the frequent use of ‘manly firmness’ in the written record.” (Nursing Clio)

• A contested election in North Carolina’s ninth district—from 1898. (Scalawag)

• It’s the sixtieth birthday of the Barbie doll. (Glamour)

• On segregation in a New York City cemetery. (

• Haiti and John James Audubon. (The Public Domain Review)

• What hell Black Death could have wrought in medieval sub-Saharan Africa. (Science)

• Discovered: the elixir of immortality. (Yahoo News)

• What shoes meant in America before the Revolutionary War. (Age of Revolutions)

• This week in obituaries: Jean Fairfax, Magenta Devine, “China’s preeminent historian,” a spy turned spy novelist, and Luke Perry.