Fara Dabhoiwala, the author of The Origins of Sex, teaches at Princeton and is writing a global history of free speech.
 (March 2020)

IN THE REVIEW

Bed, Bench & Beyond

John Theobald Marshall: Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, circa 1871

A Day at Home in Early Modern England: Material Culture and Domestic Life, 1500–1700

by Tara Hamling and Catherine Richardson
To visit another person’s house is always to be reminded of two contradictory truths. On the one hand, domestic arrangements vary endlessly, between families and across cultures. Your kitchen is a gleaming high-tech palace of equipment; mine, a bare nook with a microwave. In Japan, people like to bed down …