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Map of New York City, 1895

This 1895 map of New York City was created by socialist activist Walter Vrooman, who hoped that by showing the "concrete socialism" of every street, park, school, public building, and public dock in red (and allowing private enterprises to recede into the white background), he might persuade readers that the rest of the map should be socialist as well. 

From the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center/Boston Public Library

Arts

Curator Garrett Dash Nelson ’09 on the Boston Public Library’s exhibition of “persuasive cartography” 

6.17.20

Beds were set up for Spanish flu patients outside the Harvard-affiliated Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1918.
Photograph courtesy of the Brigham and Women's Hospital Archives

Fall semester interrupted, a century ago

6.23.20

The cast of "The Hot Wing King"

The cast of The Hot Wing King

Photograph by Monique Carboni

Playwright Katori Hall on the joy—and trauma—of black life

July-August 2020

Karen Chee holding a flower to her face

Karen Chee

Photograph by Bridget Badore

Comedian Karen Chee finds her voice.

July-August 2020

Discover a new series to watch in quarantine, or read about the creator behind your favorite show, in this selection of our TV stories

5.12.20

Photograph of the two actors on stage

Actors Jon Michael Hill (seated) and Namir Smallwood in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Pass Over
Photograph by Jeremy Daniel

 

 

Playwright Antoinette Nwandu confronts race, religion, and her personal history.

March-April 2020

Since 2016, says showrunner David Mandel, shown here with Veep stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale (below), it has become increasingly difficult for the show to outrun reality.

Photograph by Justin M Lubin/HBO

Showrunner David Mandel guides the final season of Veep—and finds himself politicized.

March-April 2019

Nell Scovell

Photograph by Robert Trachtenberg

TV writer Nell Scovell looks back on Just the Funny Parts.

March-April 2018

Colin Jost (left) with his co-host, Michael Che, at the Weekend Update desk for Saturday Night Live

Photograph by Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Comedian Colin Jost, from Shouts and Murmurs to Saturday Night Live

January-February 2018