Detail of an illustrated plate depicting sediment (chiefly algae) from tap water collected on cotton disks in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the autumn of 1913.

Rebecca McCarthy

Assistant Editor

Rebecca McCarthy is the assistant editor at Distillations and a freelance writer. She was previously the editorial assistant at Voice of Witness, an oral history nonprofit.

Featured image from our digital collections:
Plate A: Sediment (Chiefly Algae) from Cambridge Tap Water
Part of The Microscopy of Drinking Water by George Chandler Whipple, 1914.

Stories from Rebecca McCarthy

Back of a 7 of spades card featuring witches riding broomsticks with golden birds

The Big Business of Wish Fulfillment

Essential oils have a long history of straddling the lines between medicine, magic, and scam.

Black and white family photo

Yue Xiong’s Great Leap

A promising young man from a politically marked family navigates China’s era of Maoist upheaval.