In a world full of dating apps and divorces, it’s easy to look back on the courtship practices of the past through rose-colored lenses. While now, it’s all “butt stuff on the first date,” a suitor back then would win you over with charm, chivalry, and Valentines featuring creepy fat babies. (And if that didn’t work,…
You name it, the New York Public Library’s probably got it. Including a substantial collection of historically important erotica, apparently!
There are certain stereotypes about women’s creativity prior to the twentieth century, and generally they revolve around appropriately domestic novels, amateur watercolors, needlework, and “folk art.” But there’ve always been women who found ways around those rules. Witness, for instance, an ongoing exhibit at the New…
Once upon a time—midcentury America, to be precise—you couldn’t turn to the Google search bar with all your most deeply personal and/or random questions. Instead, there was the New York Public Library and its very patient librarians.
"Do mice throw up?" and "Any statistics on the lifespan of the abandoned woman?" are some of the less strange questions that librarians at the New York Public Library have been writing down for decades. If you're wondering if people asked about sex, the answer is "yes, absolutely."
The New York Public Library recently received an extremely tardy return—54 years after it was originally due. Even better, it was a how-to on sexual satisfaction in marriage. Heavens to Betsy!
Women are dominating New Yorkers' reading lists. The NYPL just released lists of the books most circulated across its 91 library branches in 2013. Topping the charts in fiction was Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, and leading the pack for nonfiction was Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg.