Readings

Readings — March 6, 2018, 1:29 pm

Women’s Troubles

By Abby Norman, from Ask Me About My Uterus, which was published last month by Nation Books. Norman is an editor at Futurism, a science and technology website.

Readings — January 13, 2016, 11:28 am

Search History

A selection of queries submitted by telephone and in person to the New York Public Library’s Reference and Research Services between 1940 and 1989.

Readings — January 6, 2016, 11:17 am

This Land is My Land

From accounts of threats made against employees of the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management since 2010, published in 2014 by High Country News.

Readings — December 30, 2015, 11:48 am

Divide and Conquer

Sample problems from a mathematics textbook for children between six and twelve years old, published by the Islamic State’s ministry of education.

Readings — November 25, 2015, 8:00 am

Thanks, Obama

From entries made since 2009 to the U.S. Protocol Gift Unit Federal Register Report, which records items given by foreign dignitaries to federal employees.

Readings — November 4, 2015, 11:37 am

Jaded Lady

From headlines that appeared between 1992 and 2014 in the New York Times.

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