T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Reading List

Posted on June 29, 2018

Darlings, we’re heading into a holiday week ’round these parts, but don’t you worry your pretty little heads. We’ll be working all through the weekend on a trilogy of movie costume design posts on a topic very near and dear to Tom’s heart. Between that and the new season of GLOW, we’ll have plenty of juicy content for you while you celebrate your independence or whatever. In the mean time, here are all the links, posts and articles that tickled our fancy this week, the reading of which will make you all sophisticated and plugged-in and shit – just like us!


Mr. Curry, who has studied animal anatomy, and Mr. Pirozzi, who simply loves animals, each spent hours watching YouTube videos of migrating reindeer, trying to understand how they move. “It turns out they’re really gangly, just like our guy — they’re not graceful,” Mr. Curry said. They worked with a movement consultant, Lorenzo Pisoni, to figure out how the animal would behave. Mr. Pirozzi also spent a lot of time lying on the floor with his dog — Bella, a Great Dane-pit bull mix — observing how she responded to being addressed, as well as where her gaze went in moments of silence. One more thing: “I actually trained with my daughters on my back,” he said. “I can do all the planking and the lifts, but I needed the agility on stilts, so Disney let me take those home, and my kids knew every time I was rehearsing I could give them a ride. They’re 7 and 8, so the perfect ages — like a little Anna and Elsa.”

The Secret Life of Sven by Michael Paulson at the New York Times



“I can’t believe you remember that,” I said. Truly, I couldn’t. Someone like her, who’s been working at a really high level for more than a decade and a half, has to have had hundreds, and maybe even thousands, of faux-intimate coffees and lunches and drinks with journalists. I’ve done hundreds of interviews too, so I know what it’s like, and I’ve forgotten a ton; in fact, when I was working on the ELLE story about Anne I realized that I had no specific recollection of our second big interview. (A search of my inbox jogged my memory: We’d met at midday in an emptied-out Los Angeles restaurant that later became famous as the setting for the reality show Vanderpump Rules.)

So What If Anne Hathaway Cares What You Think About Her? by Lauren Waterman at Elle Magazine



“You can’t imagine when the first pieces of cladding came off, and you see the first stripes of Haring’s painting appear,” she said of the reveal on June 18. “Hey, we have a Haring!”

Keith Haring Mural in Amsterdam Is Uncovered After Nearly 30 Years by Annalisa Quinn at the New York Times



I know women name their vibrators. That’s all I’ll say about that, but maaaaaan listen; somebody get Bunny Wailer an award for being associated with so many awesome names. “Electric Slide” as a name for a vibrator has to be like, top 10 dead or alive, right? Right? Bueller? While my simple ass has always thought of sliding across a floor, Bunny’s ex was talking about going from the window….to the walls! I’ll never listen NOT think of this whenever I hear “Electric Boogie” or decide to do the dance again.

So It Turns Out ‘Electric Boogie,’ the Song Your Mama ’nem Electric Slide To, Is About a Vibrator. Life Is Different Now by Panama Jackson at Very Smart Brothas



Zaldy and RuPaul—they both shed their last names decades ago—met in the late ’80s at La Palace de Beauté, a nightclub in Union Square, a space now a lot less outrageous than it was in those days. It currently houses a Petco. Zaldy, as he remembers it, approached RuPaul to talk clothes. “Ru had worn the same outfit two nights in a row, and when I brought it up, Ru told me, ‘When it works, it works.’ ” In the years since that fateful encounter, Zaldy has been largely responsible for making it work for RuPaul, starting with the looks he created for the “Supermodel” video that launched the drag star’s post-club career in 1993. 

Zaldy Is the Designer RuPaul Wouldn’t Go Anywhere Without by Nicole Phelps at Vogue



“Liberty London is a powerhouse,” Quinn says. “For me, it’s the print equivalent to Dior. The company was founded on the principle of finding the new and showcasing it within the store, which is why it was so exciting for me to launch there and for me to be working closely with them again.” The florals he now gets to play around with have always been a part of his life, as he grew up seeing them nearly everywhere and, specifically, on an old blanket his parents kept inside their house. “I always recognized the print on the blanket, but I never knew the origins until I was older,” he said. “It’s nice how the circle turned.”

Queen Elizabeth–Favorite Richard Quinn Has Updated One of England’s Most Iconic Prints by Brooke Bobb at Vogue



Young girls have long been socialized to not disrupt, brag, or push back in the first place, which can follow us into adulthood and the workplace. Some may worry about harming the relationship with their manager by expecting more (which we now know men do, too); others may fear a quid-pro-quo arrangement would come out of them asking for it. The slow build of our salaries doesn’t happen in a vacuum—the larger culture around women at work has a lot to do with it. And likewise, successfully getting a raise doesn’t happen because of the meeting in which you ask for it; it’s often the belated reward for stepping up, claiming credit for your successes, and advocating for yourself repeatedly and consistently throughout the year. Those old standards of a virtuously quiet woman do not serve us—especially not at work.

Women DO Ask for Raises—We Just Aren’t Getting Them by Claire Wasserman at InStyle



Moreover, even among today’s titles, there are few Native Americans playing major behind-the-scenes roles. “Why couldn’t there be an entire track of Westerns created by Native content creators that begins to confront those classic storylines and stereotypes, that challenges those typical kinds of tropes?” Frozen River producer and Native American cinema advocate Heather Rae says. “It seems to me that it’s time for us to really disrupt the genre and start to see things differently.”

More Socially Progressive Westerns Are Highlighting Female and Native Stories by Katie Kilkenny at The Hollywood Reporter



In a subscription-heavy era where everything is on-demand, and celebrities are packaged and sold as commodities, the language of cancellation is close at hand. The usage is widely understood to have come from Black Twitter, the loose networks of black users active on the site.

Everyone Is Canceled by Jonah Engel Bromwich at the New York Times



For me, I know how things come off on the screen and how they look on camera, so I knew I wanted to look a little wild. Almost a little in your face statement to the whole concept of the expectation of the reveals and gag-worthiness. So my friend B. Calla designed this Balenciaga-inspired tinfoil moment, which is what it came out looking like. That’s what I wanted. I wanted people to talk, and I wanted it to be a sort of vessel for me to be in while we’re picking who is lip syncing. I think everyone was initially confused, like “Why this crazy reveal and why are you dropping it at the beginning of the song?” It’s because I’ve been on television for five minutes already. That was the performance. Me just standing there looking like that was the performance.

Aquaria Explains the Secrets of Her Lip Sync Reveals and Promises More Melania by Kyle Munzenrieder at W magazine



About halfway through Wardle’s documentary, the manic energy of the triplet’s first act takes a nosedive. “From the time we met till . . . till later . . . there was nothing that could keep us apart,” a present-day, middle-aged Shafran ominously remembers. By the mid-’90s, the easy intimacy the triplets had assumed began to curdle. In 1995, Lawrence Wright, working on a New Yorker story that he would later adapt into the aforementioned Twins book, contacted the brothers. He had come across an article that referenced a secret study conducted by a psychologist named Dr. Peter Neubauer in collaboration with Louise Wise Services. The agency had a policy of separating twins and other multiples for adoption (based on a recommendation from a different psychologist).

Three Identical Strangers Revisits a Shadowy Scientific Conspiracy by Julia Felsenthal at Vogue



So, does all of this explain why this tweet delighted or irritated enough people to be retweeted 80,000 times? I guess, sort of, in a way. And is this a reminder that we are very old and every day inching closer toward death? Undoubtedly, yes.

What Do The Teens Know About This Tweet That We Don’t? by Ashley Feinberg at Huffington Post



[Photo Credit: Karsten Moran for the New York Times]

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