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Here is selected writing by Allison C. Meier, from a New York Times op-ed on an island mass grave, to the story of the 19th-century Queen of Magic:

Arts & Culture

Fish at Mary Nohl’s House in Wisconsin

Crossing Borders: Stories of US-Mexico Migration through Retablos [Raw Vision Magazine]

An Artist Addresses the Field Museum’s Problematic Native American Hall [Chicago Magazine]

How Medieval Artists Used Monsters as Propaganda [Hyperallergic]

How Art Historians Cracked the Case of Enigmatic Japanese Painter Hasegawa Tōhaku [Artsy]

The Robots Being Built to Cross the US-Mexico Border [Hyperallergic]

First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone at the Nasher [Glasstire]

The Unsung Woman Artist Behind Your Tarot Cards [Hyperallergic]

With You Always: A History of Photographing Ghosts [Hyperallergic]

Native Americans through the 19th-century lens [Wellcome Collection]

The New Art Galleries: Urban Cemeteries [CityLab]

Restoring Louise Nevelson’s sanctuary of stillness in Midtown [Curbed]

The Beauty and Horror of Medusa, an Enduring Symbol of Women’s Power [Hyperallergic]

The Only Five Public Statues of Historic Women in NYC [Hyperallergic; It was cited by Rebecca Solnit in her “City of Women” essay in the 2016 Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas]

Artist Damien Echols Embraces the Magic Symbols that Helped Send Him to Death Row [Hyperallergic]

How to Build a Creative Ecology [Reasons to Be Cheerful]

A Pigment Library That Launched American Art Conservation [Hyperallergic]

A Symphony Scored from a School District’s 1,000 Broken Instruments [Hyperallergic]

Why Are Medieval Lions So Bad? [JSTOR Daily]

Saving the Art and Home of Mary Nohl, Whose Neighbors Called Her a Witch [Hyperallergic]

Illustrating Carnival: Remembering the Overlooked Artists Behind Early Mardi Gras [The Public Domain Review]

A Mural Honors the Ruins of an American Indian Boarding School [Hyperallergic]

Hopi Visions: The Journey of an Indigenous History Mural [Glasstire]

The Vivid Violence and Divine Healing of Ex-Voto Paintings [Hyperallergic]

Mold-A-Rama: An Affordable Art Machine That’s Survived Half a Century [Hyperallergic]

The Man Who Tried to Photograph Thoughts [Hyperallergic]

Hidden for 500 Years, the Colmar Treasure Recalls the Persecution of Medieval Jewish People [Art & Object]

Measuring the Worth of Renaissance Art in Cows [Hyperallergic]

From Courbet to the Bronx, The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Names Gets Marriage Memorial [Hyperallergic]

The Nearly Lost Art of Iron [Art & Object]

The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne Talks About the Womb, Damien Hirst, Acid, and Yoko Ono [Hyperallergic]

Quiet Drawings from a Life Lost in Mental Institutions [Hyperallergic]

How the Naming of Clouds Changed the Skies of Art [Hyperallergic]

History & Society

Bayside Cemetery, Queens

She Caught Bullets with Her Bare Hands — and Made Magic’s Glass Ceiling Disappear [Narratively]

The Graves of Forgotten New Yorkers [New York Times]

The Art of Accumulation at a New Orleans Shrine to the Plague Saint [Hyperallergic]

Century-Old School Chalkboard Drawings Offer a History Lesson [Hyperallergic]

Caring for a Community of the Dead [Order of the Good Death]

How Viral History Accounts Are Hurting the Past They Purport to Celebrate [Hyperallergic]

When a Drowned Woman’s Face Became the Muse of Paris [Hyperallergic]

Ruins of a Human Zoo at the Forgotten Edge of Paris [Atlas Obscura]

Finding space in New York City’s cemeteries [Curbed]

Minik and the Meteorite [Narratively]

The First Known Depiction of a Witch on a Broomstick [Hyperallergic]

What the Viral Media of the Civil War Era Can Teach Us About Prejudice [Bunk History]

The Forgotten First Woman Violinist to Perform on the American Stage [Hyperallergic]

The Lake Monsters of America Map (research and editing for the map, text for article) This map later appeared in the best-selling book Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders. [Atlas Obscura]

The Modest Victorian Proposal to Electroplate Corpses Into Beautiful Statues [Atlas Obscura]

The Sculptor Who Made Masks for Soldiers Disfigured in World War I [Hyperallergic]

A Tale of Two Explorers: Frederick Cook & Robert Peary [Brooklyn Based]

19th-Century Storm Chasers Took the First Tornado Photographs [Hyperallergic]

Belle Starr the Bandit Queen: How a Southern Girl Became a Legendary Southern Outlaw [Atlas Obscura]

The Vanishing of America’s Historic Mental Asylums [Hyperallergic]

Last Midnight of the Steam Whistles [Atlas Obscura]

New York City’s Museum of Trash Rescued by a Sanitation Worker [Hyperallergic]

Caroline Weldon, 19th Century Indigenous Rights Advocate and Sitting Bull’s Secretary [Mental Floss]

Ring Ring, Corpse Phone I wrote the podcast script for the story on the relationship between telephones and death [Death in the Afternoon Podcast]

Mount Moriah: Exploring an Abandoned Philadelphia Cemetery [Slate]

The Victorian Angel Guides of Death [The Offing]

Before the Garden Gnome, the Ornamental Hermit: A Real Person Paid to Dress like a Druid [Atlas Obscura]

Architecture & Design

Dinosaur at Crystal Palace Park in London
Dinosaur at Crystal Palace Park in London

Midwestern Futurism: The Endangered Legacy of Architect Bruce Goff [Hyperallergic]

An Urban System of Death [Urban Omnibus]

The Well-Trodden Art of the Manhole Cover in New York City [Hyperallergic]

A Nuclear Warning Designed to Last 10,000 Years [Hyperallergic]

Great Glass Coffin Scam: When Hucksters Sold the Fantasy of Death Without Decay [Collectors Weekly]

The Monumental Totem Poles Built by a Retired Oklahoma Art Teacher [Hyperallergic]

How a Leg Splint Shaped the Iconic Eames Chair [Hyperallergic]

Ilonka Karasz, 20th-Century Designer of Modernism, New Yorker Covers, & Nurseries, Receives Her Due [Art & Object]

The Bird-Based Color System that Eventually Became Pantone [Hyperallergic]

A Century After Being Cast into the River Thames, a Celebrated Typeface Reemerges [Hyperallergic]

Machines Triggered by the Ghost of Thomas Eakins [Hyperallergic]

The Most Metal Cemetery in New York [Slate]

W. E. B. Du Bois’s Modernist Data Visualizations of Black Life [Hyperallergic]

Holdouts: The Solitary Resisters of Real Estate [Hyperallergic]

Long Abandoned Clock Tower is Returning to Life in Queens [Atlas Obscura]

A Visit to New York City’s New Subterranean Archaeological Repository [Hyperallergic]

Climbing into a Mortuary Drawer to Smell the Scents of JFK’s Last Moments [Hyperallergic]

The Spite House, an Architectural Phenomenon Built on Rage and Revenge [Hyperallergic]

Nature & Science

Skull at the Smithsonian Marine Mammals Collection

Night of the Living Synanthropes [CityLab]

Why a Bronx Herbarium of 7.8 Million Plants Is One of New York’s Most Valuable Resources [Hyperallergic]

How the Invasive Plants of New York Represent the City’s Colonial Past [Hyperallergic]

The Ancient Forests That Have Defied Urbanization [CityLab]

Mourning Extinction with a Museum’s Animal Artifacts [Hyperallergic]

Researchers Bury Their Noses in Books to Sniff Out the Morgan Library’s Original Smell [Hyperallergic]

The Victorian Women Whose Writing Popularized Watching Birds Instead of Wearing Them [Lady Science/The New Inquiry]

The Fiji Mermaid: How a Fake Monster Crept Into Our Museums [Hyperallergic]

Humanizing a Historic Brain Collection [Hyperallergic]

On the Trail of New York’s Greatest Trees [CityLab and Narratively]

The Webcam of Jeremy Bentham, an 18th-Century Philosopher’s Skeleton [Hyperallergic]

The Singularly Curious Weeping Elm [Brooklyn Based]

A Forest Elegy for the Rapidly Vanishing American Hemlock Tree [Hyperallergic]

From Blue Whale Skull to Narwhal Tusks, Behind-the-Scenes at the Smithsonian Marine Mammals Collection [Atlas Obscura]

How Gardening Neglected Victorian Graves Brought Community to a Philadelphia Cemetery [Order of the Good Death]

Two Martyrs of Science Rest Hand-in-Hand in Pere Lachaise Cemetery [Atlas Obscura]

How a Smithsonian Naturalist’s Skeleton Ended Up on View at the Museum [Hyperallergic]