The fruit took on cult status in China after Mao gifted his workers a box of mangoes sent from Pakistan.
“Apparently, Mao didn’t like fruit. It was an easy re-gift.”
Waste paper baskets: deeply symbolic, paradoxical items. Who knew?
“Until I read Paradox, I had not considered the possibility that waste paper baskets could be imbued with paradox, but Legrand has convinced me.”
Meet the lifestyle and wellness hawkers of 13th century Italy: the Monks of Santa Maria Novella.
Whether you were European royalty desperately seeking a cure for impotence or a working-class neighbor looking for the latest deodorant, Santa Maria Novella was the place to go.
When minimalism goes down-market, where do the tchotchkes go?
Our favorite stories of the week, featuring The New Yorker, California Sunday, n+1, Boston Magazine, and Collectors Weekly.
Collectors Weekly: Who started the music industry’s billboard trend?
Landau: As far as I can tell, it was the Doors in 1967 for their debut album. I talked with Jac Holzman—the head of Elektra Records who signed the Doors—while writing my book. In 1967, he had just come out here from the East Coast and opened an office on La Cienega Boulevard, not far from Sunset Boulevard, and it occurred to him that billboards were being used for everything except promoting records and music. A lot of radio stations where popular disc jockeys worked were farther east on Sunset, and he knew they drove on the Strip, and that the entertainment industry in general was based there.
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