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Rebecca Onion

Rebecca Onion is Slate’s history writer and runs the site’s archive blog, the Vault. She has written for the Boston Globe’s Ideas section, Aeon, and Lapham’s Quarterly’s Roundtable blog. Onion holds a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Texas at Austin and is a visiting scholar in the department of history at Ohio University.

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Furious 7. Directed by James Wan. Universal Pictures, 2015.  137 minutes.

Driving Off Into the Sunset

Summer 2015 | Criticism

The rest of the world eyes the lives of Golden State tribes—Hollywood “movie people,” surfers, gay San Franciscans, Silicon Valley programmers—with a mixture of fascination and longing. What is the powerful appeal of the California subcu [...]

"Pioneer Girl," by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Edited by Pamela Smith Hill.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Outtakes

December 5, 2014 | Criticism

My four-year-old nieces love the picture-book versions of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, which extract small stories from the canon, representing them simply for young readers.

On Letters of Note

Fall 2014 | Criticism

Letters of Note, a five-year-old blog run by Shaun Usher, is now a book. The blog offers correspondence “deserving of a wider audience” (as its tagline runs). When possible, Usher’s blog presents the letters in their original scans, preserving the quaint typewriter fonts, pretty letterheads, and handwritten annotations of their paper selves.