The Rest Is History

Nine-to-five, ancient bread, and very old butter.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, July 24, 2020

Woolworth’s employees striking for a forty-hour workweek, 1937. Library of Congress, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection.

• Trying to find the rocket that a man wanted to fly to Venus in 1927. (The Washington Post Magazine)

• On the Art Deco buildings of Bukavu. (Atlas Obscura)

• “Breaking free of the nine-to-five was originally a feminist project. So how did it become part of oppressive 24-7 work culture?” (Aeon)

• On preserving the historical record of Black America. (BBC News)

• Make your own ancient Roman bread. (British Museum)

• “Will MLB Confront Its Racist History?” (Dissent)

• Call Joseph Boulogne by his name. (New York Times)

• “The ‘Theophrastan character’ is not often mentioned today, perhaps because it is so little known as a genre. Yet for centuries this was what ‘character’ meant in literature.” (Paris Review Daily)

• Looking back at the 1981 anti-police riots in Brixton: “Of course, we live with our history. You can’t get rid of that. But we can get rid of the symbols that represent that history.” (Africa Is a Country)

• “14,000-Year-Old Poop Found in Oregon Cave Turns Out to Be Human.” (Gizmodo)

• A natural history of the artist’s palette. (Public Domain Review)

• On Section 504. (New York Times)

• “Tenement Museum Lays Off Seventy-Six Workers.” (Hyperallergic)

• On the photo albums of the Bombay Plague Committee. (British Library Blogs)

• “Mysteries of the 2,500-Year-Old Butter Found at the Bottom of a Loch.” (The Scotsman)

• Revisiting J.T. Canales’ investigation of the Texas Rangers. (Mother Jones)

• This week in obituaries: John Lewis, C.T. Vivian, Andrew Mlangeni, Tony Elliott, Constance Curry, Brigid Berlin, Paul Fusco, Charles Evers, Maria Lugones, Juan Marsé, Michael BrooksZizi Jeanmaire, and Ronald L. Graham.