Looking at your holiday shopping list and scratching your head? Well, perhaps you should take a little inspiration from this midcentury catalog, presenting “America’s newest ideas in gifts.” Note the word choice is newest—they make no promises beyond novelty.
Gift-giving is a perfectly fine tradition, but it can get a little overwhelming and hardly a year goes by without at least one loved one stumping you. And so here, from me to you, is a holiday hack: Museum gift shops.
A few days after the election, I attended a panel on witch hunts. It felt appropriate—after all, this was the year of “Lock her up” and “Trump that bitch,” when a topless Hillary Clinton effigy was hung atop a crane in Oregon and individual members of the media were targeted and harassed. In the month following Donald…
Long before the days of Jingle All the Way and dads punching each other over Shopkins play sets, a group of New York socialites and philanthropists formed the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving—or SPUG—to quell the rampant consumerism that had claimed Christmas around the turn-of-the-century.
China Machado, iconic fashion model and fashion editor whose career began in the early 1950s and spanned the rest of her life, died Sunday due to cardiac arrest, WWD reports. She was 86 and fabulous to the end.
Put on your warmest Nordic turtleneck, whip yourself up a hot buttered rum, and warm your feet by the fire—you’ve had a long day on the slopes and the lodge’s evening festivities are about to begin!
Fashion plates are a classic, even stereotypical angle image from the Victorian era, featuring duos and trios of women modeling the latest looks circa 1877. But how did consumers of the time actually use these images? What did you actually do with a fashion plate, anyway?
“In Memory of Charlotte Nicholls,” the plainly printed, black and white memorial card from 1855 reads. The card, which is included at the end of the Morgan Library and Museums’s exhibition, “Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will,” is almost startling to see, a simple reminder that the author of some of English…
“No—no, please, no!” she whispered, but he laughed softly and kissed her on the ear, and then more gently on the mouth; and all the time his hands moved on her body, his fingers teased and aroused it until she was twisting and turning under him, desiring release, craving it, whimpering against his mouth. — Sweet…
Got $14 mil sitting in your bank account, collecting dust? Put that money to work and acquire this magnificent French chateau. It’s even 50 percent off its initial listing price from five years ago—what a steal!
The Vatican archives are immense and mysterious and contain, along with one can only assume the real truth about aliens, letters from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn. A BBC show has been granted unprecedented access to film those letters—as long as they didn’t include the one where he praises her “pritty Duckys.” By which…
The writers of the BBC/PBS melodrama, Poldark, have decided that the only way to properly conclude a season is with a sweeping shot of Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) standing on a cliff awkwardly embracing his wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson), as the unruly Cornish winds whip their wigs. Season One ended with the…
As we draw closer to December 25, a disproportionate degree of American adults’ mental energy will be rerouted into determining and acquiring this year’s must-have toys for children. But the ceremonial bestowal of the Shopkins is a relatively recent development—how did it happen?
As was promised this summer, an upcoming episode of Drunk History will feature Lin-Manuel Miranda retelling the story of Alexander Hamilton while drunk off his ass.
Tomorrow brings the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But did you know this proud, family-friendly American tradition started out in a totally creepy and scary way?
The iconic garment worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang breathily to John F. Kennedy in 1962 has been in the possession of a hedge fund manager named Martin Zweig since 1999. He paid $1.26 million at the Christie’s auction for it, regarding the dress as an investment and storing it in a climate-controlled room on a…
On this day in 1973, Richard Nixon stood before the nation, looked everybody straight in the eye, and announced: “I am not a crook.” He resigned in a mushroom cloud of scandal the next August after it had become pretty clear that he was absolutely full of shit.
Here’s a suggestion for sometime in the next few hours, as your strained attention span finally collapses under the weight of world events: Spend some time crawling through London’s Victorian sewer system.
Did you know that, once upon a time, there was an official U.S. Presidential yacht? The USS Sequoia is now a National Historic Landmark, and a judge says it’s deteriorating and inhabited by raccoons. Wow—another neat metaphor.