The Rest Is History

Spiritualism, gas stations, and repatriation.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, May 28, 2021

Movie poster for Arabia the Equine Detective, c. 1913. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

• Found: John Steinbeck’s unpublished detective novel. (The Guardian)

• The history of the gas-station tearoom. (Eater)

• On Spiritualism. (The New Yorker)

• “The Dust Bowl is a uniquely American touchstone, a story of hardship and eventual triumph that has come to define both our country’s historical narrative and physical reality. But in a world where climate conditions grow steadily more extreme, that unparalleled disaster could become far more common.” (Mother Jones)

• On the photographs of the Tulsa Massacre of 1921. (The Public Domain Review)

• Reconstructing a map of Greenwood and making clear what the Tulsa Massacre destroyed: “Greenwood wasn’t a gift from anyone, it was created by the citizens of Greenwood who withstood the tragedy of 1921 and rebuilt it again. Greenwood is the story of resilience. It is the story of courage.” (New York Times)

• On the painted limestone and stucco bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, digital colonialism, and how “the ‘digital repatriation’ of objects by museums can never replace physical repatriation.” (Hyperallergic)

• And the travels of the Benin Bronzes: “The complicity of museum curators and staff in efforts to justify the looting is not unique to the early collectors and anthropologists.” (Africa Is a Country)

• “Much of what we take for granted as the normal way of organizing the international system is of comparatively recent vintage.” (Boston Review)

• The photographs of Foto-Cine Clube Bandeirante. (Paris Review Daily)

• This week in obituaries: Eric Carle, Ruth Freitag, Charles R. Larson, Yuan Longping, Joan Schenkar, Samuel E. Wright, Kathleen Andrews, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, John Davis, Lois Ehlert, Joel Chadabe, Derek Keene, Mary Beth Edelson, Kentaro Miura, Roger Hawkins, Kevin Jackson, Robbie McCauley, Mark Lancaster, Anna Halprin, Richard Nonas, and John W. Warner.