Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses by James Joyce, 1955. Photographed by Eve Arnold.
25 unintentionally funny and weird comic strip panels from the past.
INTERVIEW: ROME: A HISTORY IN SEVEN SACKINGS:
NO city on earth has preserved its past quite like Rome. Visitors stand on bridges that were crossed by Julius Caesar and Cicero, walk around temples visited by Roman emperors, and step into churches that have hardly changed since popes celebrated mass in them 16 centuries ago. These architectural survivals are all the more remarkable considering the violent disasters that have struck the city. In this exclusive interview, Ancient History Encyclopedia’s James Blake Wiener quizzes Matthew Kneale, author of Rome: A History in Seven Sackings, on the fierce courage, panache, and vitality of the Roman people across space and time.
Cricket man and book woman, 1890s.
Young Gordon deep in his book, 1910s.
Epic book about renovation and history of the Volkswagen Beetle from 1941.