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  1. Native Appropriations

    Adrian Keene, the writer behind Native Appropriations, focuses on current events and popular culture through the lens of Native American representation.

    Commentary
  2. Sphinx: Exploring Antiquity and Modernity

    Neville Morley is a UK-based classics and ancient-history scholar. On his blog, he draws connections between his field of study and contemporary culture and politics.

    Academia
  3. A Moveable Feast: A Brief History of the Revolving Restaurant

    From the archives of J. S. Graboyes’ Duck Pie blog, a look into the origins of an unnecessary-yet-fascinating 20th-century invention.

    Architecture
  4. A Taxi Driver’s Life In San Francisco Before Uber

    “‘With app-based transportation,’ he explains, ‘the pick up and drop off points, along with the route, are recorded. You know the passenger’s name before they get in the car. They know yours.’” Pete Brook talks with cab driver Kelly Dessaint on Bill Washburn’s vivid taxi images from the 1980s.

    Culture
    Image by Bill Washburn via Prison Photography
  5. Gastronomica

    The go-to journal for important conversations about food, probing questions about the role of food in everyday life through studies of historical trends, analyses of the politics and economics of food production and consumption, and creative reflections on food.

    Culture
  6. You Can See the Battle Scars

    In Venezuela, journalist Christian Borys talks to the young activists who are torn between leaving for a better future elsewhere, and fighting on in a country that’s becoming less and less livable.

    Current Events
  7. The Treeographer

    Nick Rowan, a writer based in Spain, tells the true histories of significant or symbolic trees around the world. “I started to see the world through a new lens, with a new-found appreciation for the everyday trees that I previously walked past without a second glance.”

    Environment
  8. Berfrois

    Founded and edited by Russell Bennetts, Berfrois is a literary-intellectual online magazine based in London, England, covering a range of subjects from poetry to philosophy and science to economics.

    Art
  9. Getting Lost in the Magic of Maps: Three Stories

    Real or fictional, maps don’t just represent space — they also make storytelling possible.

    Culture
    Image by ChadoNihi (CC0).
  10. The Public Medievalist

    From Game of Thrones to white-supremacist imagery, echoes of medieval culture are part of the current moment. The Public Medievalist is a webzine that explores the intersection of medieval history and modern politics and culture.

    Art
  11. “Vibrator Nation” by Lynn Comella

    A Q&A with the Vibrator Nation author: “They led with sex education not titillation, and worked to advance a social mission that included putting a vibrator on the bedside table of every woman, everywhere, because they believed that access to accurate sexual information and quality products had the potential to make everyone’s lives better.”

    Academia
    Photo by Krystal Ramirez
  12. Southern Foodways Alliance

    The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South — and its site offers a wealth of resources, stories, and oral histories to explore.

    Cooking
    A plate from Helvetia’s ramp supper. Photograph by Emily Hilliard.
  13. In the Seven Sleepers’ Den

    Can’t sleep? Have a fever? According to medieval texts, one need only invoke the names of the “Seven Sleepers of Ephesus” to find sweet relief.

    History
    Ælfwine’s Prayerbook
  14. Dear White Friends

    From Liz Brazile at Reclaiming My Time: “I have to be on high alert about what people think about me because if I don’t defy what anti-black stereotypes would have them think about me, it could cost me greatly. The very act of me writing this essay is a risk.”

    History
  15. David Walbert

    Writer and crafstman David Walbert publishes thoughtful essays, observations, poems, stories, and other formats on history, food and agriculture, culture and religion, education, and craft work.

    Authors