The Portland Rose, from Henry Charles Andrews, Roses, Or, A Monograph of the Genus Rosa (London: Printed by R. Taylor and Company and published by the author, 1805-28). As a leading botanist, the Duchess of Portland had many plants named for her, including this rose, which Mary Delany called an “emblem of Friendship’s sacred tie.” … More Putting the "Sister" in the Sister Arts
BY ERIC DREGNIAuthor of several books, including Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America, and assistant professor of English at Concordia University in St. Paul. It all begins with coffee. Especially egg coffee. Whenever I’d visit my great aunts, they’d have the pot brewing and little pastries or cookies to eat as they’d … More Eric Dregni: Swedish egg coffee and "traitorous" gossip
“At a time when rock clichés were still being invented, [Ellen] Willis was already leaving them behind.” —Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone Please check out our new video for Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music, edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz, with a foreword by Sasha Frere-Jones and afterword by Daphne Carr and … More Freedom, Feminism, and Rock ‘n’ Roll: Ellen Willis’s Out of the Vinyl Deeps
A circa-1900 image of Grand Theatre in Buffalo, New York. While vaudeville as an art form peaked around 1928, Wisconsin’s Henry Wood, who began his life in traveling medicine and tent shows around 1910, continued to promote small-town films, shows, and carnivals almost to the end of his days. He passed away in October 1983. … More From the often-unnecessarily-shunned performer Henry Wood to the now-impossible Charlie Sheen: My, how times have changed.
Barcelona has been hailed for its ability to inform future strategies for world cities in urban planning and regeneration. In the new book Mobile Urbanism, multiple contributors argue for a theorizing of both urban policymaking and place-making that understands them as groups of territorial and relational geographies. Image from Creative Commons. BY KEVIN WARD AND … More How motion, relationships, and productive tension help build better cities across the world