The Internet’s Favorite Catalog of Weird Places Rewrites History

Atlas Obscura has reviewed how it tells its stories about curious places in light of last year’s shift in how Americans view their past.

By Ben Smith

Samir S. Patel found us a parking spot on Madison Avenue and 103rd Street before it started raining last Wednesday, and led me under scaffolding into the grand lobby of the New York Academy of Medicine. There, a librarian, pleased to be giving her first tour in more than a year, took us down a long hallway into a room lined with rare books from the 16th and 17th centuries that she opened to show eerie anatomical renderings of humans without their skin.

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