Posts Tagged: tuberculosis

TORCH: My Father’s Mansion


I love the United States, too. Like a house I was raised in, though, I know it up close and can spot its many fissures. ...more

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: The Diggins


I was told that I was “a good digger” if I was behaving as a young child, working hard, and not talking back. Like nursery rhymes, the rhythm of racism cannot be forgotten. ...more

Catch My (Trendy) Disease


Pale skin, thin waists, sparkling eyes, rosy cheeks, red lips—all trademarks of 19th century English beauty trends, and all symptoms of the tuberculosis epidemic that ran rampant until the advent of germ theory in the early 20th century. Emily Mullin writes for Smithsonian on the new connections discovered between 19th century fashion and the aesthetic impact of tuberculosis.