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.” (NewYorker.com)
• 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)