T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Reading List

Posted on September 28, 2018

Kittens, before we head on out the door, here are all the fun, interesting and just plain entertaining posts, essays and articles that caught our eye this week. Enjoy!


Overall, it is stunning how overwhelmingly male her questioners are, especially on the Republican side. In total, there are 11 male Republican senators attending the hearing, and they chose Mitchell as an outside counsel to question her. The four women senators at the hearing are all Democrats: Dianne Feinstein, Amy Klobuchar, Mazie Hirono, and Kamala Harris.

What Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Anita Hill Saw During Their Hearings Was Eerily SimilarBy Megan Friedman at ELLE



“It’s become a marketing slogan, and that’s not what it was originally for,” she says. “It was supposed to be inclusive, and again now, it’s been taken over by very slender, often Caucasian women. And that’s fine, but they weren’t the reason that body positivity was started and needed. So it’s turned into just a way for brands to have an excuse to talk about women’s bodies some more.”

Jameela Jamil Wants to Upend the “Body Positivity” MovementBy Elizabeth Paton and Amanda Mitchell at Marie Claire



Featuring Coddington in conversation with industry influencers, the six-episode series kicked off with Coddington and actor Ansel Elgort, son of fashion photography great Arthur Elgort. “Grace has always been a part of my life. She is one of my father’s best friends and has more recently become mine,” said Elgort in a statement. “Even though I was getting interviewed, I wanted to sit down with Grace to get her perspective on today’s fashion world,” added the actor, who opened up about everything from his childhood to career.

Grace Coddington’s Docuseries Makes Its DebutBy Lesley McKenzie at The Hollywood Reporter



“The history of American fashion is full of stories you may think you know, but they are actually larger than life,” Chad Mumm, vp, Vox Entertainment, tells THR. Mumm executive produced American Style with Marty Moe, Britt Aboutaleb, Dan Partland, Amy Entelis and Lizzie Fox. Each episode covers two decades in one hour, beginning with the 1940s and ending with the 2000s. “This series feels completely in line with all we do at Vox, which is about digging deeper and bringing surprising storytelling to television.”

CNN is launching the Tim Gunn-fronted series ‘American Style’ about fashion being “about more than clothes.”By Stephanie Sporn at The Hollywood Reporter



My husband usually takes the mornings and lets me sleep, but I wake up in the middle of it and just feel bad that I’m not a bigger part of it. So, he has the whole routine set with taking care of our children, getting them out the door, and every day I have to make a crucial decision: Do I get ready while they’re getting ready, do I sit with them and hover over them and then get ready after they leave? And every day it’s a new adventure.

But I always thought that the thing that made life easier is to not have any routines, since it hurts too much to veer from them. Sometimes I wake up and I’m in London; sometimes I wake up and I have a 6 a.m. interview. So my only real morning routine is that I wake up, and I’m supposed to do physical therapy for my knees and I don’t. But every fifth morning I’ll say, “No, I’m going to do it.” Then I’ll also watch part of the television I want to watch — sometimes it’s The Affair, sometimes it’s Sharp Objects.

How I Get It Done: Taffy Brodesser-Akner of the New York Times by Lisa Ryan at The Cut



By classifying these places as experiences, their creators seem to imply that something happens there. But what? Most human experiences don’t have to announce themselves as such. They just do what they do. A film tells a story. A museum facilitates meaning between the viewer and a work of art. Even a basic carnival ride produces pleasing physical sensations.

The central experience delivered at all these places is one of waiting. At the Color Factory, I first waited for half an hour past my ticket time, outside in the 90-degree heat. Then I waited inside the lobby, just outside a roped-off area. After being allowed inside the roped-off area, I was offered mochi ice cream while I waited. Then I was shown an orientation video and ushered into a rainbow-painted hallway, which turned out to be another line in disguise.

The Existential Void of the Pop-Up ‘Experience’ by Amanda Hess at the New York Times


The 2016 candidate appeared in a scene that was absent from what the screeners sent to critics, but involved the former secretary of state (as a character named Hilary Clinton, with one “L”) applying to be one of Brown’s notoriously disposable secretaries, saying she had “some experience with emails.” Creator Diane English teased the scene to reporters at the show’s 2018 Television Critics Association summer press tour panel, saying only that the premiere would feature “an enormously famous person.”

‘Murphy Brown’ Takes Aim at Trump, Hillary Clinton Cameos in Revival PremiereBy Elizabeth Paton and Milena Lazazzera at The Hollywood Reporter



As with all things House of Cards, of course, there’s a conspiratorial edge to Frank’s death. It’s not clear from the trailer just how he died, but we do know that mystery swirls around the circumstances. It also doesn‘t help that power siblings, Annette and Bill Shepherd (played by Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear), come barging in to collect on whatever promises Frank made with them before his death. Claire, a woman who loves nothing more than to make new enemies, lets them know she won’t be tethered to any of her dead husband’s shady deals. She’d prefer to make shady deals of her own, thank you very much.

House of Cards Trailer: “The Reign of the Middle-Aged White Man Is Over”By Michael Schulman at Vanity Fair



Until I found that out, I didn’t want anything to do with her. It’s why I never went to her grave. But, once I found out what she had been through, all the pieces of the puzzle fell into place, and I gained agency over my life. I was a child when she died, so, even if I had known, I had no way of really being able to help her heal. All I knew was that she’s not all there, and Dad doesn’t really love her, and I don’t want anything to do with her. 

Jane Fonda Is Paying Close Attention”By Yohana Desta at Vanity Fair



I’ve been a parent for 10 years; I’m used to overlooking my own needs. But I wasn’t prepared for how raw and resentful I would feel doing so in the wake of my father’s death. In the days leading up to the funeral, our older daughter seemed determined to limit herself to one-word, often irritable answers. Her younger sister, jarred by the change in routine, was clingy and hard to manage. Their behavior, I knew, had to be excused. It’s not their fault, I reminded myself. How are they supposed to know what to do with death at their ages?

Mourning at the Magic Kingdom by Nicole Chung at Slate



These were typical interview questions. I wanted to talk about Mr. Cooper’s own sobriety, and how it was reflected in Jackson’s drug and alcohol addiction. I wanted to talk about fatherhood — how Mr. Cooper has both lost his father and become a father in the last few years — since fathers haunt the movie. I wanted to talk about love. But he wasn’t having it.

Listen, he said to me. I seem nice. He gets that I’m just doing my job. But he’s not going to get personal with me. He has to promote his movie — he wants to promote his movie — but beyond that? What would telling me anything truly personal really do? “I don’t necessarily see the upside of it. You know? I don’t.”

Bradley Cooper Is Not Really Into This Profile by Taffy Brodesser-Akner at the New York Times



Sixteen Candles isn’t a college sex romp like Revenge of the Nerds or Animal House. It’s a high school love story. It’s been celebrated for 34 years for its sweet, romantic heart. Yet it is entirely willing to feature a lengthy, supposedly hilarious subplot in which a drunk and unconscious girl is passed from one boy to another and then raped.

The drunk girl in question is Caroline (Haviland Morris), the girlfriend to romantic hero Jake Ryan, and if you know one thing about Sixteen Candles, it’s that Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) is perfect. He is the impossibly cool, impossibly beautiful senior guy who is dating the impossibly beautiful senior girl — and yet as soon as Jake Ryan hears that gawky, awkward sophomore Samantha (Molly Ringwald) has a crush on him, he immediately begins to like her back, defying all the laws of God, man, and high school popularity.

The rape culture of the 1980s, explained by Sixteen Candles by Constance Grady at Vox





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