The Rest Is History

Very old string, relics, and a tomb tour.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, April 17, 2020

Wall Street, Manhattan, by George Bradford Brainerd, c. 1870. Brooklyn Museum Collection.

• COVID-19, in historical perspective: SARS, racism against Asian Americans, bathrooms, Mutiny on the Bounty, Andrew Holleran, and Mrs. Dalloway.

• “A piece of fifty-thousand-year-old string—the oldest yet discovered—found in a cave in France has cast further doubt on the idea that Neanderthals were cognitively inferior to modern humans.” (BBC News)

• “Under​ the Treason Act of 1351, which set the punishment for high treason as hanging, drawing, and quartering, a person could be found guilty not only of killing the king or raising a war against him but of ‘compassing’ or ‘imagining’ his death…If a writer seemed to intend the death of the monarch ironically, or to conceive it in a fictional voice, was his imagining still treasonable?” (London Review of Books)

• “Why didn’t Titian leave when he had the chance?” (THR Blog)

• “Almost 150 years later, the Siksika First Nation is getting Chief Crowfoot’s regalia back.” (Globe and Mail)

• Revisiting Daughters of the Dust. (T Magazine)

• “You’re probably stuck at home. Here’s what to read next.” (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

• Collecting Soviet pins. (Atlas Obscura)

• The proud tradition of stealing relics. (JSTOR Daily)

• “Five-thousand-year-old Egyptian tomb opens for virtual tour.” (The Guardian)

• Fact and fiction in Mrs. America. (Slate)

• This week in obituaries: Lila Fenwick, John Horton Conway, Richard Passman, Lee Konitz, Wynn Handman, Phyllis Lyon, Jimmy Webb, Irena Chalmers, Irene Inouye, Bruce BaillieAndy González, Brian DennehyThandika Mkandawire, and Earl G. Graves Sr.