Via Two Bossy Dames, the brief and intense friendship of Anne Bonny and Mary Read, women pirates. (I knew some of this already because nautical history is a thing I love, but the details here are fascinating.)
ALSO via TBD, this amazing profile of Daphne du Maurier, including some great bits about the slang she invented with her sisters. Petition to bring back “menaced” starting now! (Also, I had unexpected Code Name Verity feels due to this line: “they found a way to use games of pretend to tell the absolute truth.”)
“Agatha Christie and the Golden Age of Poisons” and if you have not already clicked on this link I don’t want to know you. This is a great look at Christie’s use of poisons, and also this great point about what Chistie’s interested in: “More intriguingly, out of the somewhat mind-numbing accumulation of detail, it becomes possible to discern the ways in which chemistry, rather than character, drives Christie’s plots.”
“Telling the Untold History” is a long read, looking at the complex motivations and history behind Confederate reenactors. Thoughtfully written and very thought provoking in terms of how we think about history. (via Natalie Luhrs)
Also via Natalie Luhrs, a really great look at “Why the ‘Kitchen of the Future’ Always Fails Us.” Eveleth starts by looking specifically at the “kitchen of the future” but uses this as a jumping off point to look at futurists and the problems inherent with their approaches and philosophies.
This post is uncomfortably familiar. Like, ALL OF IT.
Cod is now legal to fish again, and the BBC had a former Billingsgate fish merchant on to wax rhapsodic about the virtues of “a nice bit of fish and chips,” in what has to be one of the more charming radio segments ever.
Finally, if you need a cheerful thing to brighten your day, my friend B. sent me a link to this tumblr of animals riding other animals.