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Miss Subways Reunite, and Other News

A Miss Subways ad from 1941. From 1941 to 1976, a group called the New York Subways Advertising Company held regular contests to find Miss Subways, a woman ...

October 24, 2014 09:30 AM

All the News Not Fit to Print

“Sounds as if they emptied the back room at Elaine’s for this one.” —Calvin Trillin, in 1978, speculating on the character of those behind Not the New ...

October 23, 2014 05:17 PM | 5 comments

Sharing Economy

From a Dutch election poster, 1981. I had never used one of those Web sites in which you list an odd job and ordinary people vie to do it for you. The ...

October 23, 2014 03:30 PM

Above the Ice

Grief and adventure on the path to the North Pole. François-Auguste Biard, Magdalenefjorden, 1840. For two weeks in the summer of 2013, I traveled around ...

October 23, 2014 01:54 PM | 1 comments

Another Bartleby, and Other News

Constantin Meunier, Pays noire (Black Country—Borinage), ca. 1893, oil on canvas. “On a winter’s day in 1482 a scholar had an embarrassing disaster, ...

October 23, 2014 09:30 AM

The Brain of the City

Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, 1965, lithograph, 25" x 21". I once heard Jasper Johns say that Rauschenberg was the man who in this century had invented ...

October 22, 2014 08:15 PM