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.
Browsing a blockbuster museum exhibit featuring beautiful items of clothing from decades and even centuries past, it’s easy to see them as pieces of art, like a painting. But of course, they were once worn, nestled intimately against a body that’s now gone. Which may give you the faint feeling of a rabbit run over…
It seems impossible given the utter culinary dominance of yogurt, which currently appears in everything from popsicles to baby food, but once upon a time, Dannon was pleading with America to just give it a try and promising it was super fun it eat.
It was a slave who first taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey, and Fawn Weaver is making sure his company as it exists today honors that debt.
After video emerged Monday of protesters toppling and kicking the Confederate Soldiers Monument in Durham, North Carolina, some suggested that such statutes should remain standing because they’re part of our history and heritage. Yet the monuments were mostly erected decades after the fall of the Confederacy and made…
In 1983, the BBC drew attention to the growing and serious problem of computer fraud by discussing the movie War Games and also a bunch of teenagers who broke into Pepsi to send a bunch of syrup clear across Canada.
An Arizona antiques museum is shutting down, and the owner is selling more than 30,000 pieces from its extensive holdings. Anybody in the market for an early wooden telephone? World War II-era radio? Reel-to-reel tape recorders? Oh, I know—a stunning gramophone?
Barbara Cook, who originated the role of Marian the Librarian in The Music Man on Broadway and after a tumultuous career eventually became one of America’s best-known and most beloved cabaret singers, has died at 89. Her catalog is incredible.
It’s been the “Summer of Hell” for New Yorkers just trying to get around the damn city as every element of our public transportation system seemingly breaks down simultaneously. Maybe it’s some small comfort to know there’s historical resonance in our distress, specifically with London’s 1858 “Great Stink,” when a…
It’s been a couple of years since the last round of Jack the Ripper speculation. Which means of course that we are due for some sensational, earth-shattering new evidence in this coldest of cold cases.
The Maine property once home to E.B. White—essayist, New Yorker writer, co-author of The Elements of Style, but best known as the author of beloved children’s books Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan—is currently up for sale. You might recognize the barn!
Whether you came of age at the tail end of the Cold War or just binge-watched The Americans, the familiar pop cultural stereotype about the USSR is that only a spy would bother trying to get across the border and even then, nobody would say a word to you without their eyes shifting suspiciously over your shoulder…