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City Desk

Renaissance diarist Marin Sanudo’s political ambitions nearly truncated his accomplishment as a daily recorder of events in what was arguably the world’s most powerful and dynamic city of the day, Ven

Mogollon Rim

Them Is Fightin’ Words

Disputes in Mogollon Rim in late nineteenth century inspired stories by Zane Grey.

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History of Science at the Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium’s history of science collection is one of the world’s most important, and includes the astrolabe pictured here.

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Intellectual Retreat

Educational experiment attracted artists, musicians, free spirits

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Stained-Glass Heaven

The Bosco-Milligan Foundation / Architectural Heritage Center in Portland has preserved hundreds of stained-glass windows from the mid to late nineteenth century, including work from the celebrated Po

Dante: Auctor, Autore

The question of authority among writers nags us less today than it did in the late Middle Ages, when poets and philosophers began daring to pen their works in the vernacular.

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"Saving Fats"

Permission to write also comes up in Sam Shepard’s latest book, Day out of Days, a collection of short stories that offers one incredible tale told by a friend of Fats Domino’s bodyguard abou

Telecommunications Triumphs

Staying up all night working on his code and such for the glory of France, Napoleon still had time for other long-lasting achievements—namely, his optical telegraph.

That's Amore

Three women in novelist William Faulkner’s life affected his storytelling profoundly through their own literary and artistic abilities. Additionally, one of the three transformed his notions of race.

Akhmatova's Boswell

From the early 1980s until around 2000, there was a publishing explosion of Russian diaries and memoirs recalling Stalin’s Terror and World War II.