Fats Domino's Infectious Rhythms Set a Nation in Motion

Fats Domino's Infectious Rhythms Set a Nation in Motion

Squabbling over the precise origins of the worldwide cultural phenomenon called Rock ’n’ Roll has long been a favorite pastime of academic researchers and lay music lovers alike. Some say Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm, who in 1951 released the exuberant automotive ode “Rocket 88,” deserve credit for kicking the movement off in earnest. […]

How Kara Walker Boldly Rewrote Civil War History

How Kara Walker Boldly Rewrote Civil War History

There are certain truths about which reasonable people can agree. One of them is the fact that the Civil War was about the perpetuation of slavery—the theft of human lives, labor and dignity in pursuit of financial gain—and not about the tragic battle of brother against brother or some romanticized “Lost Cause.” But disagreement inexplicably persists. […]

At This Spectral Subway Platform, Trains Approach But Never Arrive

At This Spectral Subway Platform, Trains Approach But Never Arrive

You stand expectantly on the subway platform, a small incandescent bulb suspended above your head. Across the tracks, a drab white wall meets your gaze, its once pristine tiling scarred and smudged, its smooth upper surface sullied by rust stains from an overhanging pipe. In both directions, the curving tunnel you occupy leads off into […]

Here’s What It Takes to Turn a Museum into a Movie Screen

Here’s What It Takes to Turn a Museum into a Movie Screen

Most evenings, as the sun sets on the bustling National Mall, the tourists scatter, the food trucks drive off, and all goes quiet as the museums close. But every so often after dark, they become lively works of art in their own right. On October 14, the façade of the newly renovated Freer Gallery of […]

Improper Pictures Of Salma Hayek Resurface In Wake Of Harassment Allegations

Improper Pictures Of Salma Hayek Resurface In Wake Of Harassment Allegations

Oliver Stone, one of the biggest names in the film industry, is being haunted by his past as a series of pictures from the photocall of his movie ‘Savages’ resurfaced. The pictures show the award-winning filmmaker hovering his hand over Salma Hayek’s breast are making headlines yet again in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein […]

Former Undocumented Immigrant Receives Prestigious Genius Award And $625k

Former Undocumented Immigrant Receives Prestigious Genius Award And $625k

“This conversation is about human rights, it’s about racial justice, it’s about the right of everyone to fulfill their dreams,” said social justice organizer Cristina Jimenez Moreta, the co-founder and executive director of United We Dream. The 33-year-old activist just became one of the 24 extraordinary “geniuses” to receive the 2017 McArthur Fellowship grant of […]

Inside Taiwan’s Craft Beer Renaissance

Inside Taiwan’s Craft Beer Renaissance

On a formerly abandoned gravel field in the city of Yilan, along Taiwan’s northeastern coast, a craft brewery thrives. Both Taiwanese locals and foreign visitors—many looking for a weekend escape from the nearby island capital of Taipei—flock to Jim & Dad’s Brewing Company, joining each other at communal tables in front of large window panes, […]

Home Is Where the Corpse Is—At Least In These Dollhouse Crime Scenes

Home Is Where the Corpse Is—At Least In These Dollhouse Crime Scenes

The “godmother of forensic science” didn’t consider herself an artist. Instead, Frances Glessner Lee—the country’s first female police captain, an eccentric heiress, and the creator of the “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death”—saw her series of dollhouse-sized crime scene dioramas as scientific, albeit inventive, tools. Lee created the Nutshells during the 1940s for the training of […]