Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have swept the world into a media-friendly fairy tale, straight out of a made-for-TV rom com. But no matter how compelling a narrative and endearing the bride, weddings just aren’t as consequential as for prior generations of royals—for instance, Queen Victoria’s grandchildren, whose…
As I’ve gotten older, my favorite things about the holiday season (I celebrate Christmas) have evolved from receiving gifts and having time away from school to giving gifts and having time away from work to, presently, listening to Christmas music all goddamned day as a counter to all the hideous news popping up on my…
Today is the 75th anniversary of the infamous Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire, which ripped through the packed hotspot in minutes and ultimately killed 492 people. It’s responsible for many of the fire prevention measures that we take for granted today.
Nine years ago this week, shortly after her running mate lost the 2008 presidential election, Sarah Palin gave a brief interview in front of a turkey being slaughtered. Happy anniversary!
Delia Derbyshire was the co-creator of one of the twentieth century’s most iconic television themes: the Doctor Who introduction. And yet she isn’t officially credited on the song and has never received her full due.
Shoppers and voyeurs journeyed from across the country over the weekend to purge Grey Gardens of its every last drinking glass and cloth napkin, items that once belonged to the infamous “Big Edie” Bouvier Beale and her daughter, “Little Edie” Beale.
Mali, a British Military Working Dog, is being awarded Britain’s prestigious Dickin Medal for animal bravery. This lil guy sniffed out Taliban militants and their booby traps in Afghanistan back in 2012.
Bestsellers that are annoyingly ubiquitous one decade have a funny way of slipping out of the cultural consciousness over the next. It makes the history of publishing a rich site for pop cultural archeology. Case in point: Joanna Scutts’ new book, The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live…
Poldark is ostensibly a soap opera about eighteenth-century copper mining, but, in reality, it is a show about hot people staring at one another to a soundtrack of melancholy orchestral whining and the ceaseless crashing of waves upon the Cornish beach. Sometimes the hot people are staring at each other in anger over…
Researchers say they’ve found evidence of grape winemaking from 8,000 years ago in Georgia, which is a thousand years (give or take) older than anything previously discovered. Inventing fermented beverages was practically civilization’s first order of business. And indeed, who can blame our Neolithic ancestors?
I, Tonya will be out in just one month, making now the perfect time to dig back deep into the hairspray-drenched archives of all the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding media produced in the mid-early ’90s. Lo, there’s some really good stuff in there.
In a discovery that makes Vincent Van Gogh suddenly strangely relatable, a conservator has spotted a dead bug stuck in one of his paintings. Specifically, a grasshopper, permanently mired in art.
This year the theme for the 2018 Met Gala was unleashed upon the world: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Oh, boy.
Scientists have examined the heart of composer Frederic Chopin and determined that he died from complications of tuberculosis. Not shocking, as I assume all Romantic figures of the 19th century died of consumption. The twist is that his heart has apparently been “pickled in a jar of alcohol and then encased in a stone…
We are currently being inundated with stories of sexual harassment and assault from the entertainment industry, and part of the reason there are so many is that this has been going on forever. For instance, in 1945, Maureen O’Hara spoke out about being harassed on set.
Nancy Friday, author of My Secret Garden: Women’s Sexual Fantasies—i.e., my all-time greatest adolescent Friends of the Library Book Sale find—has died at 84.
Do you struggle to get your whites to their original, pristine condition? Well, imagine trying to wash the ravages of time from a 180-year-old petticoat once worn by Queen Victoria. Can’t just spray it with OxyClean and toss it in the machine on hot!
If you are an amateur collector of antiquities and suddenly seeing a lot of great deals online, you might want to pump the breaks, lest you find yourself items looted from conflict zones.
Are you looking for a harrowing supernatural thriller to watch this Halloween night? Look elsewhere. Are you hunting a heartwarming tale about a loving family that never fails to support one another? Then you should know that both The Addams Family and Addams Family Values are available to watch on Hulu.
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