Baobab à Mohéli, by Désiré Charnay, 1863. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gilman Collection, Purchase, Sam Salz Foundation Gift, 2005.
• On horse diving. (Timeline)
• And on bareback horse racing. (Victory Journal)
• Northern newspapers were “just as complicit” in promoting lynching as those in the South. (The New York Times)
• Baobab trees that have been around for thousands of years are dying in the sweltering heat of the twenty-first century. (TheAtlantic.com)
• Soon tourists will be able to access Westminster Abbey’s triforium, currently only accessible via “a narrow wooden spiral staircase.” (Archaeology)
• An absorbing read about the man who reigns as the most obsessive fan of Ulysses—a book already prone to collecting obsessives. (The New York Times Magazine)
• Happy Father’s Day from America’s founding dads. (Topic)
• “Why Trump Could Pardon Jack Johnson When Obama Wouldn’t.” (NYR Daily)
• This week in obituaries: an analyst who helped crack the Enigma cipher at Bletchley Park, a mountain climber, a civil rights leader, and an abolitionist.