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Laughter in the Time of Cholera

Wednesday 10 November 2021 at 11:48

Political instability, popular unrest, and an impending pandemic? Welcome to France in the early 1830s. Vlad Solomon explores what made Parisiens laugh in a moment of crisis through the prism of a vaudeville play.


Reborn Into a New Form (1849)

Wednesday 10 November 2021 at 11:47

A second life? To live again? Fyodor Dostoevsky survived the uncanny pantomime of his own execution to be “reborn into a new form”. Here Alex Christofi gives these very words a kind of second life, stitching primary source excerpts into a “reconstructed memoir” — the memoir that Dostoevsky himself never wrote.


Aspirated Aspirations: Alfred Leach’s *The Letter H* (1880)

Tuesday 9 November 2021 at 14:39

In The Letter H, Alfred Leach passionately defends the aspirated aitch in words like "herb".


“The Internet at its Utopian Best”: A Fabulous Feature on *The Public Domain Review* in the *TLS*

Thursday 4 November 2021 at 16:10

Frances Wilson review's our project for a feature in this week's Times Literary Supplement


Designs from Kimono Pattern Books (ca. 1902)

Wednesday 3 November 2021 at 10:26

These designs capture a period of cultural change in Japan, when the kimono became increasingly associated with national mythmaking and tradition.


An Iconic Line: Claude Mellan’s *The Sudarium of Saint Veronica* (1649)

Tuesday 2 November 2021 at 07:26

Mellan's pièce de résistance: an engraving of Christ incised with a single, spiralling line.


William Baillie-Grohman’s *Sport in Art* (1913)

Wednesday 27 October 2021 at 13:10

William Baillie-Grohman’s text on the art of hunting reproduces 243 illustrations and 400 years of arcane knowledge related to the pursuit of animals.


Marxist Astronomy: The Milky Way According to Anton Pannekoek

Wednesday 27 October 2021 at 13:08

Can a person’s experiences on earth alter how they perceive the stars? Lauren Collee peers through the telescope of Anton Pannekoek, the Dutch astronomer whose politics informed his human approach to studying the cosmos.


“When London is in Ruins”: Gustave Doré’s *The New Zealander* (1872)

Tuesday 26 October 2021 at 11:12

The final plate from London: A Pilgrimage — a striking vision of a visitor sketching a capital in ruins.


*Zanzibar Tales* (1901)

Friday 22 October 2021 at 09:43

Ten folktales, translated from Swahili by George W. Bateman, showcasing the rich tradition of storytelling in Zanzibar.