The Rest Is History

Cosmopolitan cocktails, an old viral video, and elephants.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, July 22, 2022

“Skyscraper” cocktail shaker with strainer and lid, by Norman Bel Geddes, 1935. Brooklyn Museum, gift of Paul F. Walter.

• Remembering the work of Robert C. Weaver. (Places Journal)

• A history of clashes between elephants and technology. (The Public Domain Review)

• On World’s Fairs as trendy cocktail incubators and exporters. (Punch)

• “There’s a big difference between not knowing about histories of white supremacist violence in Seguin and not wanting to know, especially when that knowledge might threaten political, social, and economic power structures that have held strong since the town’s founding nearly two hundred years ago. In Seguin, like many towns and cities in Texas, Black, Indigenous, and Tejano communities are part of the ‘official’ story, but only insofar as we don’t pose a threat to narratives of Anglo Texan heroism and indigeneity. Our histories and cultures exist here too, but never front and center, only way off to the side.” (Texas Monthly)

• “We’re Historians of Disability. What We Just Found on eBay Horrified Us.” (Slate)

• “A broader reckoning with the ways the art world has long profited from slavery.” (Art in America)

• Investigating the video of the “internet’s funniest buzzer-beater.” (Defector)

• This week in obituaries: Claes Oldenburg, Fred Cuming, Jerome M. Eisenberg, Vernon Winfrey, Lourdes Grobet, Lily Safra, Ritzi Jacobi, Joan Lingard, Albert Vann, Eugenio Scalfari, Ann Shulgin, Jessie Duarte, John Froines, Gerald Shargel, Sean Kelly, Alan Blaikley, William Hart, Robert F. Curl Jr., Hobie Billingsley, Manny Charlton, David Weiss Halivni, Susie Steiner, Patrick Michaels, and L.Q. Jones.