Ossian Receiving the Ghosts of Fallen French Heroes, Anne-Louis Girodet, 1805

Ossian, Rude Bard of the North

Ossian once rivaled Homer in the Western literary canon. Whatever happened to him?
Left: Laura Ingalls Wilder, circa 1885 Right: Rose Wilder Lane, journalist and writer

Politics on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane

A new collection of letters sheds light on the fraught relationship between Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter.
Amadeus(1984) Tom Hulce Credit: Warner Bros./Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

Is ‘Amadeus’ Worth Rewatching?

Archivists have finally located a long-lost co-production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, a find that ought ...
David Wojnarowicz Smoking, 1981 Peter Hujar © 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive LLC; Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

The Lonely City: What Past Artists Tell Us About the Present

What can we learn from Lonely City artists like David Wojnarowicz in our age of hyper-connectivity?
McCain giving an interview to the press on April 24, 1973, after his return from Vietnam. Photo by US News and World Report.

Language Loss in a Time of War

War happens when words no longer work. Yet war is declared at the very point when words are at their most powerful. Chi Luu examines language loss in war.
Colonial kitchen

What “Colonial Kitchens” Say About America

We've been fantasizing about colonial kitchens since soon after the Colonial era itself was over. What's that about?
Blackpoll Warbler (Dendroica striata) on branch

Birdstor Daily

Dear Reader, we’ve got some exciting news. JSTOR Daily will be changing its name to BIRDstor Daily as of today. ...
Anne's Tablet (1916) by William Ordway Partridge to honor Constance Fenimore Woolson, Mackinac Island, Michigan.

The Submerged Sexuality of Constance Fenimore Woolson’s Fiction

Constance Fenimore Woolson was a renown American Realist writer in her day, but has since almost disappeared. Two new books attempt to change that. 

Artist-Designer John Preus

Artist John Preus maintains a professional design studio that uses 2nd hand materials, including discarded furniture from closed Chicago Public Schools.
Icebergs in Antarctica

Antarctica: Love of a Cold Climate

Can images make us love an unlovable place like Antarctica?