Roundtable

The Rest Is History

A mysterious old murder, abounding eggs, and surprisingly human-like fingers.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, September 06, 2019

Only One, by Georgia O’Keeffe, 1959. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

• “Alexander the Great’s death is an unsolved mystery. Was he a victim of natural causes, felled by some kind of fever, or did his marshals assas­sinate him, angered by his tyrannical ways? An autopsy would decide the question, but it is too late for that.” (Literary Hub)

• On the Riforma Fondiaria. (Places Journal)

• The tricky business of being Georgia O’Keeffe’s sister: “She was the queen…and we all loved her.” (NewYorker.com)

• “Determining what is genuine, made by a particular hand, is a tricky business, and the unregulated ecosystem of trained experts, historical documentation, and scientific techniques used (or not used) for authentication lets through plenty of fakes.” (The Atavist)

• Click the following link, and you’ll finally know how to say “abounding in eggs” and “oozes pus” when you visit medieval Ireland. (Medievalists.net)

• “Wanted: Napoleon Bonaparte impersonator. Ability to speak French preferred. Tailor-made breeches, boots, and bicorne hat provided.” (The Guardian)

• The lovely woodblock art of Japanese fairy-tale books. (The Public Domain Review)

• Breaking news: “The Germanic prince whose tomb from the fourth century was discovered in Matejovce, Poprad, fourteen years ago probably died from hepatitis B.” (Slovak Spectator)

• If you need money quick, don’t ask Daniel Defoe for advice. (JSTOR Daily)

• This week in surprisingly humanlike fingers. (Nature)

• This week in obituaries: a West Coast “trumpetiste,” a saxophonist and clarinetist, a civil rights activist, a biographer, an economist who studied climate change, the man behind the Tetra Pak, and a woman who “fell in love with a Spanish freedom fighter and helped liberate two resistance members from a gulag near Madrid, and then returned to the United States to become a journalist and novelist.”