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Langston Hughes and Shawl

This Shawl Belonged to Langston Hughes (True) and Was Worn by One of John Brown’s Men at Harpers Ferry (Well . . .).

Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight in Free State of Jones

Free State of Jones the Movie Was Partly Inspired by The Free State of Jones the Book.

The Free State of Jones in Mississippi, led by a freethinking farmer, seceded from the Confederacy.

Spread of "The Power of One"

Summer 2016 edition on ISSUU

A new way to read the magazine that mimics reading it on paper. 

detail of a mural inside Hollins Market in Baltimore

H. L. Mencken Loved to Cover Political Conventions but Had Little Faith in Voters

Mencken was the poet laureate of political conventions.

Orange being compressed in a hand vise

Who Said, “Compression Is the First Grace of Style”? Democritus or Demetrius?

An erroneous citation that lived on for decades in the text of a well-known poem.

Muslim-American Scouts

How Americans View Muslims—And What They Don’t See

Muslim Americans have more in common with their fellow citizens than the general public might expect.

A photo of carnival revelers wearing masks

In the Edgy Culture of Brazil, the American Poet Elizabeth Bishop Felt Quite at Home.

A visualization of Voltaire's pen pals.

Six Degrees of Voltaire: How Computer Code Developed to Study the Enlightenment Is Connected to the Panama Papers

A tool developed to explore the epistolary connections of Enlightenment intellectuals is being used to put twenty-first-century "power players" in hot water.

photo, woman standing in museum examining painting

How to Visit a Museum

Wearing the right shoes and other tips for getting the most from our palaces of culture

View of a lake in Maine

E. B. White’s Song of Summer

His famous essay takes us to Maine.