Octavia Butler’s Roots in Black History
The Parable books seem different yet familiar, their plots framed by a world shattered by racism, economic inequality, and climate change.
Dime Novels and Story Papers for Kids
The rise of popular literature for children put a story, a role model, and a set of values in a young boy’s pocket.
Is it a Crime?
An appreciation of Gertrude Stein’s pulp explorations.
Elvis and American Karate
Presley’s embrace of martial arts resonated with working- and middle-class Americans who felt alienated from the US justice system.
Can Fan Hashtag Campaigns Stop the “Bury Your Gays” Trope?
Organized fan hashtag campaigns put pressure on the entertainment industry to improve their writing for and treatment of LGBTQ+ characters.
Inventing the Beach Read
Feeling guilty about kicking back with a paperback during vacation? There’s a precedent for escapist holiday reading, particularly during times of anxiety.
In Defense of Polonius
Shakespeare’s tedious old fool was also a dad just doing his best.
The Los Angeles Renaissance
Black composers Bruce Forsythe and Claudius Wilson transcended barriers to create concert and classical music during this West Coast art movement.
A Horse, Of Course
Giddyup! A guide to the horse in history and culture, as presented by your favorite bloggers and editors here at JSTOR Daily.
Orange Crate Art
California citrus growers drew on mass-printing techniques and advances in color lithography to create distinctive brands for their boxes.