The New York Times

  • A Brief History of Insults (and So’s Your Mother)

    Deb Amlen, writing for the New York Times Speaking of not taking criticism well, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention one of the most hostile “Oh yeah?” insults of the period. The Roman author Catullus’s poem “Carmen 16” was a response to two men, Furius and Aurelius, who were going around telling people…

  • Rodeo is Turning America’s Whitest Big City Black

    Tressie McMillan Cottom writing for The New York Times: In the historical scope, it makes sense why protracted conflict marred this city. It is less obvious what a Juneteenth celebration would mean for Portland. The city does not have Texas’ history with enslaved people. It does not have the cultural history of the American South.…