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Smithsonian Magazine October 2019

Smithsonian Magazine takes you on a journey through history, science, world culture and technology with breathtaking images from around the world.

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United States
Smithsonian Institute
11 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
from the editors

TWITTER: @SmithsonianMag INSTAGRAM: @smithsonianmagazine FACEBOOK: smithsonianmagazine NEW EXCAVATIONS at the archaeological site of Pompeii captivated readers like Rita Polidori O’Brien, who says the September story about life and death in the ancient city was“fascinating and grotesque at the same time.” W. Caleb McDaniel’s account of the largest reparations payment to a slave—the $2,500 Henrietta Wood received in 1878—sparked lively dialogue.“In reality, what can compensate a person for being owned, mistreated and dishonored?” asks Gail Stewart of Arizona. Doreen Henricks of Georgia says, “This story tells exactly how reparations should have been done: with former slaves and families, on an individual basis, and at the appropriate time.” Though some readers said a cash payment would not heal slavery’s wounds, Robyn Darbyshire of Oregon noted that Wood’s story is“a great example of how even a…

2 min.
peru invites you to discover true richness

Explore the Richness of a Mega-Diverse Country Peru is a world within the world, and holds 70% of the planet’s biological diversity concentrated within its borders. Discover the dazzling landscapes of Puno in the mountainous south of Peru, where the legendary lake Titicaca constitutes a vital piece for the natural ecosystem of thearea, working as a natural temperature regulator. Totora reeds grow by the lake shore and harbor a variety of birds and native fish species such as carachis, mauris, and the endangered suche lake catfish, as well as trouts and silverside, which are non-native species. Home to over 100 natural and artificial islands, including Amantaní, Taquile, Tikonata, Suasi, Soto and Anapia (natural islands) and the floating areas created by the Uros (artificial islands), Puno is the perfect destination for fans of community…

1 min.
dive bomber

The Curtiss-Wright SB2C Helldiver, the Navy’s last dive bomber, set a World War II record for most ships destroyed. Read its thrilling story and those of 64 more airplanes that fought in the war in a new Collector’s Edition from Air & Space/Smithsonian. NEW! WORLD WAR II IN 65 AIRPLANES follows the chronology of the war to bring readers the stories of the airplanes that fought the most historic battles and to pass along the lore that has developed around these legendary machines. From the Stuka attacks on Poland to the Spitfires and Messerschmitts of the Battle of Britain and the innovations that made the Boeing B-29 the ultimate U.S. weapon, this issue covers the entire war with vivid writing and spectacular photography. ORDER TODAY 1-855-690-4499 or airspacemag.com/ww2…

4 min.
rise of the zombie mall

WHO WANTS TO SIT in that desolate-looking spot?” Frank Lloyd Wright carped of the atrium inside the first enclosed shopping mall, the Southdale Center in Edina, Minnesota. But 75,000 people rushed there the day it opened in October 1956 and marveled at the 72 stores on two floors, the 800,000 square feet of retail, the 5,200-space parking lot, the 70-degree controlled climate. The Austrian-born architect Victor Gruen, already acclaimed for building the nation’s largest open-air shopping center, had birthed a new phase of American culture Over the next 40 years, another 1,500 enclosed malls would dot the landscape, from suburb to shining suburb, insinuating themselves into everyday life so profoundly that just“going to the mall” became a pastime. Hundreds of malls, meanwhile, have closed and been demolished or converted, overtaken by a…

1 min.
what’s in store

REDEVELOPED HILLTOP MALL RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA The 40-year-old mall is being transformed into Hilltop by the Bay, a mixed-use development with 3,500 apartments where the mall’s parking lots used to be. REGREENED CITY CENTER COLUMBUS, OHIO For 20 years, downtown Columbus was dominated by a three-story shopping mall. After it was torn down, the site was turned into Columbus Commons, six acres of gardens, playgrounds and event space. REINHABITED HIGHLAND MALL AUSTIN, TEXAS The doors that once led shoppers to JCPenney now welcome students to Austin Community College. Future plans for the mall-turned-campus include a student-run restaurant and a public television studio. Out of the roughly 1,000 malls currently open 9.3% of available retail space sits vacant. Approximately 1,500 enclosed malls have been built in the United States since 1956. Out of those that have been or may be…

1 min.
bebop and the buddha

AS A BOY in the 1950s, Peter Wayne Lewis wanted to be a musician like his father, a jazz pianist. “I grew up listening to music and have a great appreciation for it, but I did not have that gift,” says the artist, who instead channels his love of rhythm and melody into bold, large-scale abstract canvases. Lewis says Monk Time #6—one of nine recent works on view this month at the Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington—is a riff on the pianist Thelonious Monk. “I imagined him in conversation with Buddha, who was a monk,” the painter says. “Both gentlemen were spiritual human beings.” Lewis, who was born in Jamaica and lives most of the year in New Jersey and Boston, deepened his knowledge of Buddhism in Beijing, where he has…