The Rest Is History

A timeline of food, masks, and repatriated sacred carvings.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, July 17, 2020

Seated couple preparing and eating food, Mexico, c. 200 bc. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Proctor Stafford Collection, purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch.

• On the letters Virginia Woolf wrote to keep her brother alive in the mind of friends as long as possible. (

• A 1970 killing over a jug of raisin wine in the Arctic presaged the legal problem of crimes committed in outer space. (Slate)

• “ ‘We shouldn’t be curating people’s souls’: Denver museum repatriates sacred carvings to Kenyan tribes.” (Denver Post)

• “The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced more than $1.6 million in grants to twenty-seven sites and organizations through its African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.” (National Trust for Historic Preservation)

• “How a utopian vision of Black freedom and self-government was undone in a world still in thrall to slavery and racism.” (Aeon)

• On the New Afrika Independence Movement. (The Baffler)

• A history of anti-Blackness in Mexican pop culture. (The Abusable Past)

• The masks of 1918. (

• “The remains of an ancient Aztec palace have been discovered under a stately building in Mexico City.” (BBC News)

• The past and future of the Food Timeline. (Eater)

• On the work of Helen Garner. (Literary Hub)

• “Rwanda’s Genocide Ended Twenty-Six Years Ago. Survivors Are Still Finding Mass Graves.” (NPR)

• On the first gay magazine in the U.S. (JSTOR Daily)

• “On November 6, 1906, Theodore Roosevelt signed Special Order No. 266. With a stroke of his pen, the president triggered the dishonorable discharge of 167 Black soldiers of the Twenty-Fifth Infantry stationed in Brownsville, Texas.” (Zócalo Public Square)

• This week in obituaries: Zindzi Mandela, Flossie Wong-Staal, Ola Mae Spinks, Milos Jakes, Michael Glickman, Thereza de Orléans e Bragança, Molly Neptune Parker, Helene Aldwinckle, Marga Richter, Ron Johnston, Ragaa el-Gedawy, Tran Ngoc Chau, Jay Riffe, Susan Shaw, Leonardo Villar, Louis “The Coin” Colavecchio, and Blaine Kern.