cultural history

  • Previewing Tulsa's New Bob Dylan Center

    by Douglas Brinkley

    "The center—a high-tech vessel holding the man’s oeuvre and an overview of the man—will be the spiritual home of Dylan, a relentless performer who is forever on the road."

  • The History of Saloons Helps Understand the Social Harm of the Pandemic

    "In the century and a half after the founding, saloons continued to be a key social institution, places of business, leisure, and community for many men—until Prohibition wiped them out, destroying in one fell stroke the cultural and economic infrastructure they had long provided."

  • How American Culture Ate the World

    by Dexter Fergie

    Sam Lebovic's book "A Righteous Smokescreen" seeks to explain how the cultural globalization of the 20th century was a one-way exchange of American culture that left Americans dominant but isolated from and ignorant of the rest of the world. 

  • Selling Hope

    by Wendy A. Woloson

    After a cancer diagnosis, the author still couldn't escape a world of consumerism that relentlessly commodifies even the worst experiences.

  • The Reborn Ebony Test Kitchen was the Home of Black Cuisine

    The Museum of Food and Drink has salvaged and reconstructed the test kitchen from Ebony Magazine for display at an exhibition at the Africa Center in Harlem this month, preserving a key site in Black culinary and cultural history. 

  • Anyone for Existential Torment this Valentine's Day?

    by Barbara H. Rosenwein

    From ancient Greece to the Romantic period, philosophers and artists have endorsed an idea of love that was closer to torture than to the anodyne sentiments of contemporary Valentines. 

  • Does America Need to Return to Medieval Sleep Habits?

    Historian Roger Ekrich describes the medieval biphasic sleep cycle – falling asleep at nightfall, waking at midnight, and sleeping again till dawn – but says it was a response to living conditions, not a natural pattern or preferable to modern sleep habits.

  • Is Old Music Killing New Music?

    by Ted Gioia

    The growth in sales in music is coming overwhelmingly from old songs. Can the music industry sustain new performers if money keeps flowing to old catalogues?