The Rest Is History

A flying train, Edith Wharton’s homes, and strikes.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, August 28, 2020

Suburb, by Salvatore Lombino, twentieth century. Smithsonian American Art Museum, transfer from the Evander Childs High School, Bronx, New York through the General Services Administration, 1975.

• “The camps of Ceará remind us how easily human beings who were considered undesirable could be discarded and isolated to avoid ‘infecting’ the rest of the population and causing discomfort to the elites.” (Zócalo Public Square)

• “The 1970 Women’s Strike for Equality was the largest women’s rights demonstration since the era of suffrage—and more inclusive than anything that had been seen before. Fifty years to the day after suffragists secured the vote for American women, tens of thousands of women took to the streets of New York to commemorate this past success and to demand ‘the unfinished business of our equality.’ ” (New York Times)

• On Edith Wharton’s homes. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

• The resurgent existentialists. (Boston Review)

• Danny Lyon on John Lewis. (NYR Daily)

• “When June Jordan and Buckminster Fuller Tried to Redesign Harlem.” (

• The afterlife of an ancient inscription: “We will never reach a conclusion about which interpretation is the right one. The inscription is highly ambivalent.” (Atlas Obscura)

• On sprawl. (Paris Review Daily)

• A new translation of Beowulf: “The original reads, at least in some places, like Old English freestyle, and in others like the wedding toast of a drunk uncle who’s suddenly remembered a poem he memorized at boarding school.” (Vox)

• Here is a video of a flying train from 1902. (Hyperallergic)

• Revisiting the art collection of Félix Fénéon. (New York Times)

• “How Painter Emilio Sanchez Used Vacation Snapshots as Aesthetic Experimentation.” (

• On Albert Memmi. (London Review of Books)

• This week in obituaries: Gail Sheehy, Gillian White, Riley Gale, Bill Arnett, Diana Russell, Hee Sook Lee, John Weeks, Alfredo Breitfeld, Pandit Jasraj, Justin Townes Earle, Nina Popova, Ray Cave, Frank Barnaby, Istvan Rabovsky, Patsy Robertson, Mercedes Barcha, Charles Allen, Horace Barlow, and Deidre Davis Butler.