A year after opening, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is officially a huge success—to the surprise of nobody who’s tried to snag one of those precious free tickets over the last year.
A rare collection of Queen Elizabeth II’s childhood effects—baby clothes and dolls—have made their way into an auction. The dolls in particular will haunt your nightmares for weeks to come.
Millicent Fawcett, an important figure in the UK fight for women’s suffrage, will be honored with a statue in London’s Parliament Square, which is one of those public spaces chock full of statues honoring important leaders—Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela—every one of whom, until now, has been a man.
One especially cruel twist of the 1950s was that many women were allowed just enough latitude to get their hopes up, before ramming into the social constraints of the era. Go to college, but for the Mrs. Get a job, but you can’t be a staff writer, only a researcher. Pass the same tests as the Mercury 7 astronauts, but…
For all the time the fashion business spends chasing the next big thing, for the towering names of the industry, the past is tremendously valuable. It’s also an incredible amount of work to maintain and very expensive.
Everybody knows that William Howard Taft, super-sized president of the United States, once got stuck in a bathtub and it required the assistance of several people to remove him. But everybody is wrong!
This year Vogue is celebrating its 125th anniversary in characteristic glitzy corporate manner. A century and a quarter into its life, Vogue is without question a pillar of the international fashion business—not just a chronicler, but a shaper of the industry, helping to determine trends even beyond the clothes we…
The TV show Drunk History is a consistent source of delight. How could it be otherwise? It’s just a bunch of people enthusiastically telling their favorite stories from history, three sheets to the wind. And apparently, there is an entire British version of the show of which I was previously unaware!
The new documentary Ex Libris - The New York Public Library works like a Russian nesting doll of information about information about information. In the signature style of master documentarian Frederick Wiseman, this sprawling, almost three-and-a-half-hour opus delivers a series of vignettes (many recurring) shot at…
Previously, we have discussed the importance of caution around historical artifacts and museum pieces, specifically during the taking of selfies. It appears we must add another “don’t” to our list of rules: Don’t move around a bunch of rocks in your personal artistic project to decorate important, protected,…
From the department of alternate timelines comes the revelation that Roald Dahl originally wanted Charlie Bucket, protagonist of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to be black.
Google’s Cultural Institute, which specializes in accessible digital preservation for art, just launched a huge online archive of Latino art and cultural history.
Here is a compelling lost chapter from the history of American broadcasting: trailblazing Chinese American movie star Anna May Wong had an early television show in which she played a crime-solving, globe-trotting gallery owner.
Twenty years after Diana’s death, every detail of her life and death has been excavated and studied with microscopic furor. The cause of the crash, the lurid details of a gruesome accident, the Queen, the mountains of flowers, the callous ex-husband, and the two pitiful princes are all histories that have been written…
There is an entire ecosystem of British reality TV that drifts across my feed without the finer details really registering. Couldn’t really tell you what Love Island is, for instance. But occasionally something stops me in my tracks. For instance: Bromans, a (real) show about lads living as Roman gladiators.
Recently it has come to my attention that the internet at large is gravely mistaken about one very important thing: that the Nancy Meyers film The Parent Trap is the best and only version of this story. I’m very sorry to tell you that it is not. Why on earth does the internet insist on referring to Lindsay Lohan’s…
The Associated Press has released a stunning full restoration of coverage of the 1981 royal wedding of Charles and Diana. It is beautiful, and also now works as an example of dramatic irony so rich it should be shown in high school English classes.
Please, please, please act like you have got some sense and do not damage literal museum artifacts in the quest for the perfect photo op. For instance, definitely do not put your kid in an 800-year-old coffin lest you knock it over and break it.
What would you do with your time if you’d been massively famous in the 1990s? You could certainly do worse than to spend your summer posting pics of the ocean and also clips from your tenure as host of MTV’s House of Style on Instagram, as Cindy Crawford has done.
The oldest known original photo of a US president has been found and will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s. While John Quincy Adams looks very dignified in his portrait, he also looks like he’s plotting to kill us all.