Victoria’s Secret Cancels Fashion Show as Sales Fall

Mahita Gajanan Victoria’s Secret’s annual fashion show, the televised event where world-famous supermodels show off angel wings and colorful, bejeweled bras on the runway, will not be held this year. L Brands, the parent company of the the lingerie purveyor, announced in an earnings call Thursday that it has cancelled the 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, following a decline in viewership. The show is usually held around the holiday shopping season, in November or December. “We think it’s important to evolve the marketing of Victoria’s Secret,” L Brands chief financial officer Stuart Burgdoerfer said during the call. When asked if … Continue reading Victoria’s Secret Cancels Fashion Show as Sales Fall

The Best Toys of 2019

TIME for Kids The best toys of 2019 can hatch, tumble, light up, battle, and more. Some of the toys, such as Kano’s coding kits or Lego’s Hidden Side play sets, let users create or discover new worlds. Others, like Pictionary Air or the smART Pixelator, offer a new, high-tech upgrade to timeless kid-approved activities. Here, the editors of TIME for Kids round up the best toys of the year. Jam Session TECH WILL SAVE US Ready to rock out? Kids can build their own mini electric guitar and amplifier from scratch with the Tech Will Save Us Electro Guitar … Continue reading The Best Toys of 2019

FBI Lawyer Investigated for Allegedly Altering Document Related to 2016 Surveillance of Trump Adviser: Reports

Eric Tucker and Deb Riechmann / AP (WASHINGTON) — A former FBI lawyer is being investigated for allegedly altering a document related to surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser in 2016. That’s according to a person familiar with the case and published news reports. The Associated Press confirmed reports by CNN and The Washington Post that the finding will be in a report Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz releases Dec. 9 on early stages of the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling. The news reports cited unidentified individuals. The conduct of the FBI employee, who was forced out, didn’t … Continue reading FBI Lawyer Investigated for Allegedly Altering Document Related to 2016 Surveillance of Trump Adviser: Reports

Attorney General Barr Says Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Was ‘a Perfect Storm of Screw-Ups’

Michael Balsamo / AP (ABOARD A US GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT) — Attorney General William Barr said he initially had his own suspicions about financier Jeffrey Epstein’s death while behind bars at one of the most secure jails in America but came to conclude that his suicide was the result of “a perfect storm of screw-ups.” In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said his concerns were prompted by the numerous irregularities at the Manhattan jail where Epstein was being held. But he said after the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general continued to investigate, he realized there were a … Continue reading Attorney General Barr Says Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Was ‘a Perfect Storm of Screw-Ups’

The 10 Best Memes of 2019

Raisa Bruner It’s that time again: time to figure out what floated to the top of the internet culture heap over the course of 2019, from Keke Palmer‘s and Nancy Pelosi’s big meme moments to the strange phenomenon of Area 51. It was a year of plentiful celebrity appearances and gaffes, and thanks to the rise of TikTok, also a year of plentiful new content from more anonymous sources that underscores the continuing democratization of our online discourse. Our relationship to social media may be complicated, but at least it gives us new ways to communicate and share jokes. This … Continue reading The 10 Best Memes of 2019

The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

Lucy Feldman The best nonfiction books published in 2019 look to the past in order to better understand the present. Some revisit conflicts that have shaped the modern world, as Patrick Radden Keefe does in his investigation of a murder in Northern Ireland during an era of sectarian conflict. Some rebut old ideas, as Ojibwe writer David Treuer does to the harmful misconception that Native civilization and culture ended with the Wounded Knee Massacre. And others reclaim traumatic narratives, as Chanel Miller does in her memoir of her sexual assault and the subsequent court case, during which she became known … Continue reading The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2019

Lucy Feldman In a year marked by charged debates surrounding identity and belonging—and continuously breaking news of violence and division—the best of fiction helped us to process. Authors both established and emergent cut through the noise with stories of transcendent love, courageous confrontations with power and histories that must not be forgotten, offering books that show us who we are, who we have been and who we should strive to become. Here, the best fiction books of 2019. 10. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Olga Tokarczuk (trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones) Olga Tokarczuk, who was awarded the 2018 … Continue reading The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2019