The Rest Is History

Old memes, beach weather, and microwave masters.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, June 08, 2018

Crowd at the Seashore, by William James Glackens, c. 1910. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot, 1967.

• The story of Dr. Rebecca J. Cole. (

• An interview with the author of Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s. (NPR)

• Coney Island, then and now. (

• Young John Stuart Mill’s despair: “He’d become a utilitarian machine with a suicidal ghost inside.” (Aeon)

• Memes in the seventeenth century: “All of these varieties might seem strange to a modern audience. How could a single image on a single ballad possibly represent more than one thing or person at the same time?” (Public Domain Review)

• Skin care in literature. (Paris Review Daily)

• The fate of lost books. (The Times Literary Supplement)

• A former slave was entombed in a Denver cathedral this week: “The tomb is white marble, sculpted specially for Greeley in Italy. Her remains were exhumed last year as part of the canonization process for sainthood and, once again, a large crowd paid respects as her bones were laid out in the cathedral for all to see.” (The Washington Post)

• This week in obituaries: the author of Microwave Gourmet, the first woman to run Smith College, the man to thank for Pong, and a tennis player/spy.