The Rest Is History

Country music, sloshed history, and illegible (but important) handwriting.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, July 20, 2018

Shrine of the Virgin, c. 1300. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917.

• The home of Patsy Cline, in Virginia and in country music, where “there is a legacy status that can’t be undone, a canonization that few achieve but all aspire to and worship.” (Slate)

• The show in which “history is a game of telephone—one that we’re all participating in, whether we like it or not.” (The New Yorker)

• On the art of creating life from marble and bronze: “The closer one looks at the Italian sculptors of the Renaissance, the more one finds them getting up to what the Internet ads call these ‘weird little tricks.’ ” (The New York Review of Books)

• A BBC interview with Bertrand Russell from the archives. (Aeon)

• The handwriting of famous people. (The Paris Review Daily)

• “Why Some Gravestones Are Shaped Like Tree Stumps.” (Atlas Obscura)

• Someone threw Pope Clement I out in the trash. (Hyperallergic)

• These scrolls are being read for the first time in millennia: “I think the next generation is going to have a very different picture of antiquity.” (Smithsonian)

• “A penny dreadful account of James Cook’s boyhood.” (British Library)

• This week in obituaries: a Republican environmentalist who died after catching a sixteen-pound salmon, a plastic surgeon who started working with transgender patients in the 1960s, a gay Foreign Service officer who waited decades to return to a more open State Department, “one of the grand matriarchs of the Bloomsbury group and its progeny,” and “an intimidating jockey who was one of the first Latin American riders to succeed in the United States.”