At Criterion, Kim Morgan writes about Jean Arthur. “Arthur plays drunk to perfection [in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington]. The entire scene is brilliantly executed, performed with flawless comic timing, by both actors. She’s got to be comical while not being so ridiculous that the moment is simply […]
At Citylab, Elizabeth Yuko writes about how epidemics influenced the design of American bathrooms–and American homes. “This isn’t a linear narrative with clear causation, but rather a convergence of advancements in science, infrastructure, plumbing, sanitation and design trends. The modern bathroom developed alongside outbreaks of tuberculosis, cholera and […]
Every April is Switcheroo Month here at the Gutter as each Editor writes about something outside their usual domain. This week SF/Fantasy Editor Keith writes about Langston Hughes’ life of adventure. ~~~ It was in the middle of a vicious squall on the way back from a port […]
“On the afternoon of May 28, 1903, Leoti Blaker, a young Kansan touring New York City, boarded a Fifth Avenue stagecoach at 23rd Street and settled in for the ride. The coach was crowded, and when it jostled she noticed that the man next to her settled himself […]
The New York Public Library has made their digital archive of women’s magazines from the 19th and 20th Century available for your reading and project pleasure!
At Smithsonian, Mary Pilon writes about the history of Monopoly. It was intended to teach people about income inequality. “In 1904, Magie received a patent for an invention she called the Landlord’s Game, a square board with nine rectangular spaces on each side, set between corners labeled ‘Go […]
At the Vintagent, Paul D’Orléans writes about the history of one-piece utility suits from boilersuits to Catwoman and Girl On A Motorcycle (1968). “The story of the ‘boilersuit’ and its (super)heroic descendants is a curious tale; a purely functional clothing item historically laden with a mix of Utopian […]