T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Reading List

Posted on July 20, 2018

Kittens, before we dash out the door for A WEEKEND OF SUN AND FUN ON FIRE ISLAND THANK YOU VERY MUCH, we of course must leave you with fabulous little nibbly bits to tide you over. Here are a bunch of stories, posts and essays that caught our eye and piqued our curiosity.



Ideally, a drama has great characters and a thrilling plot (again, see Breaking Bad). But it’s not a coincidence that Mad Men, one of the most gracefully aging of recent dramas, exhausted a lot of its big story points early on (Don’s secret identity, Peggy’s pregnancy) yet had such a richly drawn group of characters that their reaction to the story was usually much more exciting than whatever the story actually was.

Five Reasons Why 2018 Has Been the Year of the TV Sophomore Slump by Alan Sepinwall at Rolling Stone



You’ve carved a niche by designing clothes for all shapes, sizes and ages. How do you manage all the customer requests?
That is the number-one hardest part of our business, but I’m pretty on it. You have to be, otherwise you lose. The customer is so savvy now and there’s so much out there in the world. I think fashion’s much more accessible, a whole different game. I’m so glad we were able to be at the beginning part because I think we’ve learned a lot.

Christian Siriano on Emmys, inclusivity and New York Fashion Week by Marcy Medina at LA Times



As a filmmaker, he got his start making whimsical street skateboarding videos like “Video Days” (1991). That led to music videos for bands he loved, like Sonic Youth and the Breeders. But he didn’t think about filming dance until he directed a video for Björk’s “It’s Oh So Quiet” (1995). It’s set in an auto-body shop, and every time the music explodes with emotion, the people around Björk start sliding and spinning as if they were in an old Hollywood musical.

Spike Jonze Can Dance. But His Best Choreography Is Behind the Camera by Brian Seibert at the New York Times



In the fashion industry, Howells’ innovative and immersive set designs could be found on the catwalks of Alexander McQueen and Christian Lacroix, in the advertising campaigns of Burberry and Dior, and in the pages of Vogue. He built relationships with some of the most famous fashion photographers of our time, and collaboration with designer John Galliano brought about some of his most memorable work.

Fashion pays tribute to Michael Howells, the man who designed the most magical sets in the business by Charlie Gowans-Eglinton at The Telegraph



A straight-to-video musical film was released in 1998 but it’s now been announced that a new movie adaptation will be directed by Tom Hooper, who’s work includes ‘The King’s Speech’.

It’s been adapted for the screen by Billy Elliot’s Lee Hall, while the team behind 2012’s Les Miserables – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Hooper – will produce the film.

Taylor Swift, James Corden, Sir Ian McKellen and Jennifer Hudson will star in a new adaptation of ‘Cats’ by Samantha Maine at NME



Her favorites range from coast to coast. Though there is no official itinerary yet, “they are thinking New York, Washington, D.C., and California,” says the insider. “They’re working to finalize locations and venues.” Their goal, however, is set. “Meghan and Harry want to solidify ties between the U.K. and the U.S.,” continues the source. “They want to highlight and foster these relationships.”

Duchess Meghan Is Excited to Show Prince Harry ‘Everything She Loves’ During U.S. Tour by Us Weekly Staff



There’s so many women out there that are like, “I’m like that!” They like the Christopher Guest movies. Or they’re living in Portland or Seattle or Austin or New Orleans or New York City or Silver Lake and Eagle Rock. I’d love to see the story of those people. Or people that are more like us. Because I love my generation. I love Generation X.

Parker Posey Still Loves Generation X by Molly Lambert at The New York Times



The second is Larger Than Life, The Kevyn Aucoin Story, which is about the gifted makeup artist who was enormously powerful in the 1990s, until his death in 2002, caused by complications from a rare medical condition and his addiction to painkillers. Tiffany Bartok, the director, also recounts his history without flinching from the darker moments, but includes the participation of many of his close friends, his boyfriends, and his subjects. Everyone is there—CherJanet JacksonJennifer LopezBarbra StreisandKate MossCindy Crawford, and on and on. 

If You Loved The September Issue, You’ll Love these New Fashion Documentaries by Eric Wilson at InStyle



After the Spirit Award when I was doing interviews, they’d always introduce me: “Trans actress Mya Taylor is here with us today to talk about …” It’s so annoying because if I were anybody else, it would be, “Award-winning actress Mya Taylor is here today.” I feel like that is the way to present me. I’m just so tired of the labels and I’m just so tired of how hard it is.

‘Tangerine’ Star Mya Taylor Is Fighting for the Next Chapter in Her Career by Bryan White at The Hollywood Reporter



The Apocalypse title and imagery (below) appear to be a callback to the Antichrist baby of season one’s Murder House — Tate Langdon aka The Rubber Man (Evan Peters) and Vivien Harmon’s (Connie Britton) devil spawn who was left in the care of Jessica Lange’s character, Constance Langdon. Of the three, only Peters has been confirmed as a season eight castmember.

‘American Horror Story’ Season 8 Title Revealed by Jackie Strause at The Hollywood Reporter



But there is a thoughtfulness at the core of the show. The fact that the Simpsons are yellow and not the color that passes for Caucasian in cartoons, that Mickey Mouse pink, that’s intentional. It’s taking that pink away, and making it yellow. And then taking yellow away from whatever racist connotation that that has had. And that was intentional. As many people have pointed out, it’s all stereotypes on our show. That’s the nature of cartooning. And you try not to do reprehensible stereotypes.

‘Simpsons’ Creator Matt Groening Says Debate Around Apu Is ‘Tainted’ by Dave Itzkoff at the New York Times



But the outrage over the new She-Ra doesn’t really seem to be concerned with that debate. It lives and dies by the idea that the new She-Ra isn’t beautiful, that She-Ra is supposed to be beautiful and sexy, and that someone has destroyed a previously beautiful, sexy woman. Some people also seem to believe that She-Ra’s reimagination is spiteful:
The fight over She-Ra’s Netflix redesign, explained by Alex-Abad Santos at Vox

[Photo Credit: michaelhowellsstudio.com]

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