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Susan Sontag captured by photographer Peter Hujar in 1975.

Susan Sontag, Essayist and So Much Else

A new film on Susan Sontag gives an intimate look at her passions.


Bird Artist John Gould and the Man Who Lost a Fortune Collecting Him

The story of an entrepreneurial artist and an avid book collector

President Teddy Roosevelt

The Roosevelt Bond: How War and Politics Brought FDR and TR Closer

Politics and war brought Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt ever closer.

Portrait of James Abbott McNeill Whistler

How James McNeill Whistler Became a Brand and Fought for It in Court

James McNeill Whistler and John Ruskin battled over what makes a work worthy to be deemed art

Korean masterpiece on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Korean Culture Is on the Rise. What About Korean Art?

Learn about five hundred years of artistic tradition from the Joseon Dynasty

Illustration of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

Old Friends Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Made History Together

Two souls on fire fought for justice

Washington Irving portrait, painted by Daniel Huntington

Washington Irving Was the Original City Slicker. Here's What Happened When He Went West.

Washington Irving leaves Gotham to explore the frontier

The Ingalls Family

Reading Laura Ingalls Wilder Is Not the Same When You’re a Parent.

Injured troops from the 3rd Battalion, 16th Infantry

How the GI Bill Became Law in Spite of Some Veterans’ Groups

The G.I. BIll represented a new deal for veterans

A Teenie Harris photo of an African-American man enjoying a popsicle.

How Did Cool Become Such a Big Deal?

Cool is still cool. The word, the emotional style, and that whole flavor of cultural cachet remains ascendant after more than half a century.