T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Reading List

Posted on July 27, 2018

Kittens, summer is happening right outside our door and we’re going to unchain ourselves from our little blogging desks and go out to greet it. Before we go, here are all the links, articles, posts and essays that tickled our fancy, caught our eye, piqued our interest and made our skirts fly up. Metaphorically speaking, of course. Enjoy all the thought-provoking fabulousness!


Of course Amma and her girl gang aren’t the only scary teens in Wind Gap. Episode 3 also gave audiences a closer look at Ashley Wheeler, the cheerleader girlfriend of John Keene, whose sister Natalie Keene is the town’s most recent murder victim.

Ashley’s spookiness is entirely different to Amma’s uncorked barbarism. She is poisoned honey, as wealthy and popular as she is obsessed with her social standing in the town. When Camille arrives at Ashley’s house to interview John, Ashley is wearing her cheerleading uniform despite it being the middle of summer, and her calculated attempt to appear as a wholesome belle supporting her “sensitive” boyfriend comes across as artificial and slightly dangerous.

The scariest part of ‘Sharp Objects’ isn’t the murders. It’s the teens. by Alexis Nedd at Mashable



Elizabeth Banks’ reboot of the franchise has been buzzy amongst critics and fans, with an initial casting plan penciling KStew in for a lead role alongside Lupita Nyong’o. Lupita unfortunately didn’t make the final cut (honestly, a tragedy) for the iconic lineup, but theTwilight star is still in perfectly badass company. Although lesser-known right now, her partners in crime-fighting are both British and set to become huge stars.

Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska Confirmed for New Charlie’s Angels Remake by Lucy Wood at Marie Claire



The actress and musician were seen leaving swanky restaurant Chiltern Firehouse on the evening before Priyanka’s birthday, but it’s clear from paparazzi photos that there was no sparkler sitting on her ring finger at that point. Whether the proposal came later or whether the ring was sneakily removed before heading outside, it sounds like Nick went all-out to find the perfect diamond. It’s thought the youngest Jonas brother shut down an entire Tiffany store in New York City in order to select the right engagement ring for his beloved.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Reportedly Engaged After Just Two Months of Dating by Lucy Wood at Marie Claire



Talking about quitting was a theatrical device, a kind of subversive tactic. In the middle of writing it, I realized my show would be relegated to being “a one-woman show.” That always happens to women’s shows. Nobody would ever say that to a man doing a subversive comedy show or showing his vulnerability on stage. He’d be called a genius pushing the genre. I’ve seen it happen for women well before me, so I counteracted that before they could even say it: “You can call it whatever you like. I quit.” Which was somewhat facetious, but of course as it went on, I really enjoyed the idea of not doing comedy anymore.

Nanette Isn’t a Comedy Show. It’s a Sledgehammer. The comedian reflects on her groundbreaking Netflix special. by Hannah Gadsby at ELLE



The documentary boasts appearances from her SNL cast mates Chevy Chase and Laraine Newman, plus performers like Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Cecily Strong, Martin Short, and Maya Rudolph—all of whom were touched in some way by the Emmy-winning comedian.

Watch the trailer for Love, Gilda, which hits theaters on September 21.

Gilda Radner Was One of SNL’s Best. Now She Gets the Documentary She Deserves. by Tyler Coates at ELLE



An open letter posted Wednesday afternoon by online resale giant thredUp called out the British brand, saying, “We can’t afford to waste perfectly good clothes anymore. We are in the midst of an environmental crisis exacerbated by the fashion industry.” It claims the fashion industry causes 10 percent of global carbon emissions.

Burberry Receives Backlash for Burning $38 Million of Unsold Products by Lindsay Weinberg at The Hollywood Reporter



As anticipation mounts ahead of The Crown season 3 – third instalment of the Golden Globe award-winning hit series – The Crown, Netflix has released a first look at Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter in their new roles as the Queen and Princess Margaret. See who else will be joining them on the show, and how the cast measure up to their real-life counterparts, below.

Who Will Play Who In The Crown Season 3? by Radhika Seth at British Vogue



Other musicians, actresses, models, and teen activists are all giving the short hairdo a chance this summer, ranging from the near-shoulder-length lob, as in the case of Margot Robbie, to almost-pixie, as seen on Alicia Keys. And who can blame them for shearing some extra length? They say three’s a trend but 14 makes it a movement, and these 14 celebrities provide the perfect blueprint for anyone thinking of chopping their hair into a bob or lob before autumn rolls around. Why bother sweating through the dog days of summer, when you can just cut your hair off and give your neck a break?

14 Celebrities Who Prove That 2018 Is Officially the Year of the Bob by Brooke Marine at W Magazine



The Goop campus in Santa Monica consists of four squat gray buildings, where in June a diverse group of about 200 young, exuberant, well-dressed people were working hard to plan the coming weekend’s event, the In Goop Health wellness summit. G.P. sat at her desk behind the glass walls of her office, which was spare and also decorated in shades of gray. Her golden hair fell over the paper she was reading. She was wearing a tank top, shearling-lined white Birkenstocks and Goop x Frame wide-legged palazzo jeans. Back when she wore them at Harvard, I’d never seen anyone else wear them. Now she was making them, and everyone else I knew was wearing the same style.

We ate salmon hand rolls. She was trying to be low-carb today, but it wasn’t happening. There was too much going on. The wellness summit, a daylong immersion in Goop-endorsed products, panels, doctors and other “healers,” was a “heavy lift for the team.”

How Goop’s Haters Made Gwyneth Paltrow’s Company Worth $250 Million by Taffy Brodesser-Akner at the New York Times



“I had to decide over the course of the previous year, as my sister was stalwart in her commitment to reiterating her allegations, what I was going to do about it,” he tells me. And so he approached his sister’s claims as a journalist. “I was cornered into looking at all the evidence and realizing, ‘Oh shit, this is credible, this is real, I can’t avoid this,’ ” he continues. “It put me in a position where I felt it would have been unethical for me to not respond. And the intensity of the backlash I got gave me some understanding of what many survivors were up against.”

Ronan Farrow, the Hollywood Prince Who Torched the Castle by Marisa Guthrie at The Hollywood Reporter


I wanted to learn the operations of running a kitchen, I wanted to run expo, I wanted to develop my palate, and I wanted to learn pasta. But the assumptions my past managers have had about me — that I am too emotional, sensitive, or weak to handle the pressure outside of pastry — kept me from learning, from promotions, and, most importantly, from respect within the kitchen.

Homophobia Almost Made Me Quit Being a Chef by Justin Burke Samson at Eater



Villanelle sees a side of Eve that Eve would rather not show the world. Quite romantically, that side is communicated by her unruly, fabulous hair. Villanelle comes to practically fetishize it, recognizing—accurately—that Eve could be a wilder woman than she’s allowing herself to be. In one of the most erotic moments of the show, Eve opens up her lost suitcase, only to discover that Villanelle has stocked it with decadent designer clothing, all in her exact sizes. Swigging wine, she tries on a dress—a Roland Mouret black-and-ivory number—and is stunned at the femme fatale she sees in the mirror. As the show’s costume designer, Phoebe de Gaye, put it, Villanelle “wants to manipulate Eve into seeing her own beauty.”

Why the Fashion on Killing Eve Is Its Own Delicious Subplot by Sonia Soraiya at Vanity Fair




[Photo Credit: HBO]

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