Let’s talk about J. C. Leyendecker. One Mr. Joseph Christian Leyendecker. Specifically, how his paintings make me feel a sort of way. If you know J. C. Leyendecker at all, it's probably from his iconic image of the Arrow Collar Man who defined American masculinity for decades. Perhaps you have seen him in a poster … Continue reading Leyendecker Paintings Ranked by How Bad They Make Me Want To Move to a Mansion by the Sea With My Boyfriend And Throw Extravagant Parties
Diana Vreeland, famed fashion writer and editor for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, had a regular column in the former titled Why Don’t You..? She started writing it early in her career, in the summer of 1936, and it helped establish her reputation. In this column, she floated whimsical, eccentric style ideas that were best enjoyed … Continue reading Diana Vreeland’s “Why Don’t You?” For Transmascs
From the dedicated, warrior top, to the Tokugawa twinks of Edo, these character archetypes enjoyed wide public knowledge and appreciation, which was unheard of in contemporary areas of the Western world. The literature produced in this time reflected a world where love and sex between men could be accepted and celebrated.
Have you or a loved one recently been accused of witchcraft? Has Goody Pynchon been eyeing you funny ever since your husband refused to let her husband borrow a horse? Has your mere presence at Sunday service resulted in a hushed crowd and stilled room? Whatever the reason, you should know that your current fears … Continue reading How to Survive Salem: A Handy Guide to Avoid Being Accused, Convicted, and/or Hanged During the Witch Trials of 1692
In 1912, Wilfrid Voynich bought an unreadable book. It is a Medieval tome of strange plants, women in green baths, star charts, and otherworldly machines. No human alive knows what it says. Yet. For years, ambitious cryptologists, accomplished linguistic scholars, Internet sleuths, and interested spectators have striven to decode the Voynich Manuscript. There is only … Continue reading The Voyniche Manuscript
As you may have gleaned from the title of this article, I am not a classicist. One time, in college, I signed up for an Intro to Latin class, but I dropped out three weeks into the course after pulling an all nighter in Robarts making vocab flash cards right before our first quiz and … Continue reading Virgil Had A Pussy and I’ll Prove It
Music has, since the dawn of time, been a societal barometer. Indeed - were I to flaunt my credentials as a History Class Attendee, and even as an Open Wikipedia Tab Haver (5 Days Running) - I’d argue it may be the single most consistently effective tool we have for understanding the ideals and cultural … Continue reading Top 10 Medieval Musicians That Sound Just Like Weezer
If you're like me - and you're almost certainly not - you like to dunk your buttered toast in hot chocolate and you think socks should be a legal requirement in public spaces. More relevantly though, you'll also have childhood memories of being up late at night with your hair in sponge curlers, a fire … Continue reading So You Want To Know Who From Classic TV Was Gay?
It's International Women's Day here at the Niche, and also everywhere else around the entire world. This may come as a surprise, but women are all-around nicher than you've been led to believe. Society is scamming you out of understanding that women do things like guard lighthouses, or lead revolts against the Han dynasty in … Continue reading Women You Didn’t Know Were Niche