The Rest Is History

An anti-witchcraft potion, a laundry ghost, and wine for all.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, November 01, 2019

The Witch, by Thom O’Connor, 1972. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Christopher A. Graf and Janet Graf.

• “Do we need to understand histories of injustice to navigate the present? Does the possibility of a political moment lie in its fights and injuries and partial solidarities, rather than its conciliatory bids for consensus? If so, what can philosophy hope to add?” (The New Republic)

• The history of the “welfare queen.” (Pictorial)

• “Wonder is sadly absent from much of our discussions on history and philosophy today.” (Aeon)

• “Ancient anti-witchcraft potion found at old Northamptonshire pub.” (BBC News)

• Early Celts: more wine for everyone! (Cosmos)

• “She’s finally more interested in America, for we are the ones with something yet to learn about the business of facing the past.” (The New York Review of Books)

• This week in Is this history?: Patti LuPone’s failed effort to make a tiny musical about a ghost who lives in a laundromat dryer. (

• Meet Seth. (New York Times)

• This week in obituaries: Robert Evans, Sadako Ogata, John Witherspoon, John Conyers, Huang Yong Ping, Norman Myers, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and Alison Prince.