The Rest Is History

James Joyce, love spells, and mugshots.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, May 18, 2018

Roy Stryker looking through photographs, c. 1938. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

• Roy Stryker was “a little bit dictatorial in his editing” of Farm Security Administration photos. (Atlas Obscura)

• The woman-hating cadences of ancient love spells: “Drag her by the hair and her heart until she no longer stands aloof from me.” (Eidolon)

• Looking at New York City through Danny Lyon’s camera: “But as soon as your eye assumes that it is looking at a straightforward architectural subject, crowbars start toppling buildings, demolition workers emerge from rubble like shapes from a Magic Eye, and a man in a hard hat steps out through a hole in a painted brick wall, as if emerging from a portal. Lyon’s empathy is quiet but ever present; his images heighten our awareness of the human history layered under every pile of rubble in the city.” (

• Celebrating the Ulysses centenary by perusing all the timely books being published all at once. (Times Literary Supplement)

• The history of “Strange Fruit.” (WNYC)

• Trying to track down everyone in an archive of three hundred Freedom Rider mugshots: “I wanted to find the Riders today, to look into their faces, to make new portraits to set against the earlier photographs.” (The New York Times)

• This week in obituaries: a scientist who studied tiger moth courtshipTom Wolfe, a neo-expressionist painter, and “the acknowledged queen of English horticulture.”