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“A Very Speedy Way to Be Besotted”: How the English Found Cannabis

- February 20, 2020 in Uncategorized

In the 17th century, English travelers, merchants, and physicians were first introduced to cannabis, particularly in the form of bhang, an intoxicating edible which had been getting Indians high for millennia. Benjamin Breen charts the course of the drug from the streets of Machilipatnam to the scientific circles of London.

“Theire Soe Admirable Herbe”: How the English Found Cannabis

- February 20, 2020 in Uncategorized

In the 17th century, English travelers, merchants, and physicians were first introduced to cannabis, particularly in the form of bhang, an intoxicating edible which had been getting Indians high for millennia. Benjamin Breen charts the course of the drug from the streets of Machilipatnam to the scientific circles of London.

Japanese Firemen’s Coats (19th century)

- February 18, 2020 in Uncategorized

Glossary of Censored Words from a 1919 Treatise on Love

- February 13, 2020 in Uncategorized

List of Latin words used to veil words deemed too scandalous in Bernard S. Talmey’s treatise on carnal acts.

Frances Power Cobbe’s “The Peak in Darien: The Riddle of Death” (1882)

- February 11, 2020 in Uncategorized

An essay by Frances Power Cobbe, an advocate for women’s suffrage, about the consolation and possible significance of deathbed visions.

Interview with PDR’s Adam Green on Nightingale

- February 6, 2020 in Uncategorized

PDR Editor Adam Green talks to Jason Forrest of Nightingale, journal for the Data Visualization Society.

When Dorothy Parker Got Fired from *Vanity Fair*

- February 6, 2020 in Uncategorized

Dorothy Parker’s reputation as one of the premier wits of the 20th century rests firmly on the brilliance of her writing, but the image of her as a plucky, fast-talking, independent woman of her times owes more than a little to her seat at the legendary Algonquin Round Table. Jonathan Goldman explores the beginnings of the famed New York group and how Parker's determination to speak her mind — even when it angered men in positions of power — gave her pride of place within it.

Sarah Goodridge’s Beauty Revealed (1828)

- February 5, 2020 in Uncategorized

The story of American artist Sarah Goodridge’s erotic self-portrait on a miniature ivory plate, given as a secret present to her lover, US Senator Daniel Webster.

Nooks and Corners of Old New York (1899)

- January 28, 2020 in Uncategorized

A detailed guide to the old stories and landscapes of New York City, published in the last year of the 19th century.

John Gould’s Mammals of Australia (1845–63)

- January 23, 2020 in Uncategorized

Iconic illustrations of Australian mammals from a groundbreaking multi-volume work by the English naturalist John Gould, and his wife, the artist Elizabeth Gould.