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A selection of old favorites.
Guastavino vaulted staircase, 1914

FeatureVaulting Ambition

The artful masonry of Rafael Guastavino rediscovered.

Samuel Johnson's 1755 Dictionary

FeatureWhat Samuel Johnson Really Did

He made dictionaries matter.

Bram Stoker in 1906

FeatureWhen Bram Met Walt

Before conjuring Dracula, Bram Stoker poured his soul out to America's poet.

Cartoon showing Pegler charging racketeers with a pen

FeatureWho Was Westbrook Pegler?

The original right-wing takedown artist

Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907

FeatureWhy Paris?

Two neighborhoods—Montmartre and Montparnasse—helped shape Picasso and a generation of innovators.