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A Reading List Inspired By the Musical Hamilton

What do you do when you need to take your Hamilton musical obsession one step further, even beyond reading the 832-page biography that inspired the musical? Read what the Hamilton characters are reading, of course.

Posted by Danielle Mohlman

Quirky History: The Hatpin as a Lady’s Weapon of Choice

And you thought all this Pride and Prejudice and Zombies lady-fighter talk was just a fiction. Hatpins were originally designed to be used in pairs to fasten a women's hat to her hair. But in the hands of a damsel in distress, a hatpin might just be the deadliest fashion accessory in history.  

At one end, hatpins had an ornamental head to make it look nice and disguise it. At the other end, there was a sharp point to actually do the fastening. As hats grew bigger during the Edwardian era (1901–1910), so did hatpins. Some got to be over 10 inches long.

Posted by E.H. Kern

The Many Eras of Lily James

It’s hard to say what it is about Lily James that makes her seem timeless. Is it her classic look, or spirited acting that reminds us of a storybook heroine? Whatever it is, she’s played more characters in period costume than modern fashion, and we’re not complaining. Let’s take brief tour through time with Lily.

Posted by Eve Legato

4 British Monarchs Reimagined as Steampunk Heroes

(Pirate Hat Image Credit: Lee Hanson)

There's no monarchy we love more than the Brits. (Will and Kate's baby? Adorable. Queen Elizabeth memes? Hilarious.) And there are few genres we love more than steampunk. So what if we mashed the two? A little steampunk flair meets classic British royals. Read on as we reimagine our favorite British figures as steampunk heroes. 

Posted by Tara Sim

Quirk Perks: Signing Their Rights Away

Signing Their Rights Away by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese: Only $3.99!


Posted by Julie Leung

In Search of the First Science Fiction Novel

Name-checking of early science fiction authors usually includes Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, and Jules Verne who all wrote during the nineteenth century. But could the origins of Science Fiction go much further back than that? And how far back? We take a look at the various titles that may have a claim to being the first Science Fiction novel. 

Posted by E.H. Kern