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Britain’s Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on Nov. 27, 2017. Toby Melville/Reuters

Is the British monarchy actually adapting to changing social norms?

Much of the Harry and Meghan coverage has ignored the royal family's complicated history with race and "blood" and its insistence on continuing outdated traditions.
British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro listens to a question during a press conference at his home in London on Oct. 5, 2017. Alastair Grant/AP Photo

The ‘inevitable sadness’ of Kazuo Ishiguro’s fiction

After learning of Ishiguro's Nobel win, a literature professor recalls her 2006 interview with the writer in a London cafe.
Even without iPhones, people in the 19th century liked to see how long they could strike a pose and stay frozen. Wikimedia Commons

The Victorian origins of the Mannequin Challenge

Long before smartphones filmed the stiffened appendages of people seeking internet fame, striking a pose was a popular form of entertainment in Victorian England.

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