History of the color green

How can one shade evoke sickness, hope, hazard, the supernatural? Colors are uncertain things, green not least among them…
How can one shade evoke sickness, hope, hazard, the supernatural? Colors are uncertain things, green not least among them… [More]

History of Rock ’n’ Roll

Rock & roll appeals to those with little sense of history. Greil Marcus’s criticism is a brilliant rebuke to all of that…
Rock & roll appeals to those with little sense of history. Greil Marcus’s criticism is a brilliant rebuke to all of that… [More]

History and psychology of hold music

“Hold is the true purgatory of modern existence,” says Tom Vanderbilt, “a place of temporary damnation, filled not with cleansing fire but a gentle wash of music”…
“Hold is the true purgatory of modern existence,” says Tom Vanderbilt, “a place of temporary damnation, filled not with cleansing fire but a gentle wash of music”… [More]

Were we happier?

With millennia of inventions and discoveries at our back, humans have never been more powerful. But were we happier in the Stone Age?…
With millennia of inventions and discoveries at our back, humans have never been more powerful. But were we happier in the Stone Age?… [More]

“The End of History” in retrospect

Twenty-five years ago, Francis Fukuyama declared the end of history and the triumph of liberal democracy. Today it’s an ideal in tatters…
Twenty-five years ago, Francis Fukuyama declared the end of history and the triumph of liberal democracy. Today it’s an ideal in tatters… [More]

Weimar

Weimar: Where Goethe and Schiller found a home, Liszt blossomed into a musical genius; Bauhaus became possible, and Nazism took hold…
Weimar: Where Goethe and Schiller found a home, Liszt blossomed into a musical genius; Bauhaus became possible, and Nazism took hold… [More]

History of Autocorrect

In this age of fat fingers on tiny touchscreens, autocorrect is a necessity. Whom can we thank for this innovation? A man identified as Bill Vaginal…
In this age of fat fingers on tiny touchscreens, autocorrect is a necessity. Whom can we thank for this innovation? A man identified as Bill Vaginal… [More]

Cultural history of elevator

More than a machine, the elevator introduced codes of conduct, even ideas. It moved not only people and goods but also information…
More than a machine, the elevator introduced codes of conduct, even ideas. It moved not only people and goods but also information… [More]

Personal view of WWI

Before 1914, wars were typically presumed to be justified. Now they’re suspect; everybody knows “the old lie.” A lesson learned too well?…
Before 1914, wars were typically presumed to be justified. Now they’re suspect; everybody knows “the old lie.” A lesson learned too well?… [More]

Story of pain

Dull, pressing, throbbing: From Donne to Sontag, we’ve struggled to describe pain. Would doing so enable a more creative world?…
Dull, pressing, throbbing: From Donne to Sontag, we’ve struggled to describe pain. Would doing so enable a more creative world?… [More]