The Rest Is History

New ways of looking at Vincent Van Gogh, the Stoics, and Julia Child.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, March 29, 2019

Terrace and Observation Deck at the Moulin de Blute-Fin, Montmartre, by Vincent Van Gogh, 1887. Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection.

• “The most significant tree huggers in modern history.” (JSTOR Daily)

• What Vincent Van Gogh read: “ ‘I have a more or less irresistible passion for books and the constant need to improve my mind, to study if you like, just as I have a need to eat bread.’ He copied down poems by Longfellow, Goethe, and Keats; he enjoyed the works of George Eliot as well as Hans Christian Andersen, Thomas à Kempis, Tolstoy, Zola, Dostoevsky, Maupassant, Balzac, and Voltaire.” (The Economist)

Edge of the Knife is a new Canadian film in Haida, a language only twenty people in the world speak fluently. (The Guardian)

• On the politics of Julia Child. (

• “A trove of Aztec sacrifices including a richly adorned jaguar dressed as a warrior and recently discovered in downtown Mexico City could lead archaeologists to the most tantalizing find yet: an Aztec emperor’s tomb.” (Reuters)

• The story of Antoinette de Saint-Étienne, “the First Nations nun who sang for a queen.” (The Conversation)

• The Stoics and Silicon Valley: “Start-ups big and small believe their mission is to make the transactions of life frictionless and pleasing. But the executives building those things are convinced that a pleasing, on-demand life will make them soft. So they attempt to bring the pain.” (The New York Times)

• This week in obituaries: the singer Scott Walker, the director Larry Cohen, Ranking Roger, the spy who commanded the mission to capture Adolf Eichmann, and the Salami King.