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Erin Blakemore on how teenage girls invented fandom
daily.jstor.org · 10 Jul, 2021
'They swooned. They screamed. They dreamed of movie stars. In the early days of US cinema, “film-struck” teenage girls became Hollywood’s most visible fans. So why were they maligned by the very system that relied on them?'
The origin story of the Wingdings font
uxdesign.cc · 31 May, 2021
“Why do we need a font exclusively composed of symbols, such as the Celtic cross, the Zodiac signs, and the star of David? Who came up with that idea? Do people really use it?”
blacklingual.org · 2 May, 2021
A movement breaking stigmas about Black people learning languages
A cookbook by Vincent Price
npr.org · 16 Apr, 2021
'He had an omnivorous appetite for life and for food,' says Victoria Price of her father.
How the Media Covered Police Brutality Three Decades Ago
daily.jstor.org · 13 Apr, 2021
As the trial of four police officers approached, Solomon writes, the dominant media narrative was that these moves were “setting the stage for the four errant police officers to receive justice.”
Rongorongo: the lost language of Easter Island
atlasobscura.com · 24 Mar, 2021
This is rongorongo, the only indigenous writing system to develop in Oceania before the 20th century and, according to James Grant-Peterkin, author of A Companion to Easter Island, one of “the last remaining mysteries on Easter Island.”
The Literary Origins of Netflix’s 'Lupin'
bbc.com · 27 Jan, 2021
As adaptations go, Lupin is close to perfect. Rather than directly translate the character to television, the writer George Kay imagines Lupin as the inspiration for a 21st-century con artist named Assane (played by Omar Sy).
The Bettmann Archive, hidden in a limestone mine in Pittsburgh
atlasobscura.com · 11 May, 2010
To get into the Bettmann Archive, about 90 minutes north of Pittsburgh, you need more than a library card. You need the proper credentials to get past the armed guards at the door. You need to be gloved and swaddled in several layers to deal with the cold. And you need to be OK with claustrophobic conditions, since the trip requires being shuttled hundreds of feet underground.
Somebody Should Do Something About All The Problems
theonion.com · 21 Aug, 1996
“We’re living in a time with super computers and underwater sea stations and million-dollar laboratories. And still, everyday when I watch the TV news shows I see all sorts of problems!”