T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Reading List

Posted on September 07, 2018

Kittens, we’ve been remiss in our leaving-you-with-something-to-read duties the past few Fridays, but we’ve tried to make up for it by putting together an extra-fabulous helping of cultural tidbits that’ll keep you up to speed on the zeitgeist and the darling of any dinner party conversations. Witches honor.


While her name is liable to provoke misty-eyed nostalgia in a certain generation of AMC viewers, Shipka has never really been a celebrity among her peers. “Most people who were my fans were my friends’ parents,” she says with a shrug. That is very likely to change when Chilling Adventures of Sabrina rolls out on Netflix on October 26. A sister show to the immensely popular Riverdale, Sabrina seems tailor-made to spur the kind of frenzied teenage fandom that has turned Riverdale’s first couple, Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse (a.k.a. Betty and Jughead), into the Gen-Z Brangelina. With Sabrina, not only does Shipka stand to finally find a fan base her own age, she is also taking on the role of a teenage blonde so iconic that it might just unseat Sally Draper as her primary TV alter ego. “Sometimes you need an icon to play an icon,” says showrunner and Archie Comics chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre‑Sacasa, who also developed Riverdale. “And she was more than ready to be No. 1 on the call sheet.”

Kiernan Shipka’s Season of the Witch by Anna Silman at The Cut



It’s appropriate, then, that James’s most memorable outfit this summer wasn’t the uniform of any team but the neatly tailored gray suit that he wore later in July, while sitting for an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon. He was there to publicize the opening of the I Promise public school, in Akron, Ohio, which, in a partnership with the local school district, he helped to open through his LeBron James Family Foundation. This was James at his business-mogul-cum-civic-leader best, talking sincerely about his wish to help kids from his home town avoid the troubles he’d faced early in life.

LeBron James Spent Another Summer Redefining the Role of Pro Athletes by Vinson Cunningham at The New Yorker



A non-white Bond would push international audiences to realize that the world view and behavior represented in Bond films aren’t just a white thing. White people are no longer sole arbiters of colonialist attitudes or actions, on the ground or otherwise.

In that sense, a non-white actor playing Bond would not so much be a subversion of Bond’s politics, but an admittance that those politics are bound to statehood and institution, not always just to race.

“You Were Expecting Someone Else?” Why a Non-White James Bond is the Franchise’s Logical Next Step by Kyle Turner at RogerEbert.com



One actor friend is learning calligraphy so she can start her own business. A comedian I know used to wait tables at a restaurant uptown, but she wouldn’t tell her friends which one it was, for fear of being caught in the act of working. Even when roles do come along, they can be a financial strain. One friend of mine was recently in a sold-out Off Broadway show that was critically acclaimed and extended twice, for which she earned a starting salary of five hundred and six dollars a week. Most non-performers think of the struggling-actor life as a temporary pit stop on the road to fame and fortune, but name recognition isn’t a retirement plan

The Shaming of Geoffrey Owens and the Inability to See Actors as Laborers by Michael Schulman at The New Yorker



After Marie Severin started at Marvel Comics in 1959, one of her first assignments was a spread that Esquire magazine commissioned on college drug culture. “They wanted Kirby,” she recalled in an interview, referring to the company’s biggest star, the penciler Jack Kirby. “[The production manager Sol Brodsky] said, ‘I don’t want to use Kirby, we’ll miss a deadline. Marie, see what they want.’”

Remembering Marie Severin, the Woman Who Changed Marvel Comics by David Sims at The Atlantic



If there’s one thing I wish people (many but not all of them men, judging by my Twitter mentions) would understand, it’s that the mental health repercussions of harassment and assault are bad — but the career repercussions can be just as insidious, long-lasting and damaging. It’s the same story with so many harassers and abusers, not just those harmed by Louis C.K.: The survivors who came forward were shamed and blamed into silence, and those who attached their names to their stories — and I do not judge the ones that don’t — have been derided, bullied, threatened and terrorized. The women Louis C.K. hurt — and he admitted he harmed them, they’re not mere “allegations” — continue to suffer serious professional repercussions.

Louis C.K. Has Clearly Learned Nothing — and I’m Done by Maureen Ryan at The Hollywood Reporter



When Musk was 28, her agency called, saying they needed an “older” model for a mother-of-the-bride modeling gig, and Musk was thrilled. “At 28, I was the oldest former model that they had,” she says. “It was surprising that they’d pay me so well. I started mother-of-the-bride and just carried on modeling.”

Meet 70-Year-Old CoverGirl Maye Musk by Shalayne Pulia at InStyle



He remembers a sixth-grade health teacher describing sexuality as a broad range where many people may fall in some difficult-to-define space between straight and gay. “I felt ashamed that I wasn’t 100 percent, because it was clear that one side of sexuality presents issues, and the other doesn’t as much,” he says. “I recognize myself as existing on that spectrum: Not totally straight, but also not gay and not necessarily bisexual.”

Hedges envies people who can speak about such things with more certainty. “People expect you as an actor to have a voice that’s set in some way, and that’s really not what I am,” he says. “I’m very much within the conflict and confusion of my own life, still, and I definitely feel a pressure to step up in a way. I prefer to step up in my art, and I don’t entirely know how to in my life.”

Will Lucas Hedges Survive the Fall? by Kyle Buchanan at Vulture



There are new measures to safeguard young women from predatory behavior, but a wholesale change in the industry remains elusive.

Modeling in the #TimesUp Era. by Vanessa Friedman at The New York Times



 I have a wig fetish. Even before I was known as an actress in New York, when I started doing theater there, I would go to the grocery store with different wigs on for fun. I loved it. I’m trying to remember all the characters I used to play. Mostly accents, Long Island or Brooklyn or French. I loved buying hair, experimenting with it. It was something to amuse myself with when I wasn’t getting work as an actress [laughs]. Now it helps you in the trailer in the morning — wigs cut preparation time. Bonnie Plunkett [her Emmy Award-winning character] in Mom has a full-on wig.

Behold Allison Janney, Patron Saint of Late Bloomers. by Laura Brown at InStyle



“I am involved in every single fitting … alongside our costume designer Debra Hanson,” explains Daniel. ”Costume to me is one of the most important elements  of the show because not only is it fun to watch, but it also allows us to continually remind the audience where these people came from, and it’s a really fun device because you don’t have to then write characters constantly talking about how they miss their old lives.” Daniel takes genuine pleasure in this stage of the process. “It certainly helps me get into character, and I know that Catherine and I have a lot of fun in those fittings because she can literally wear anything.” He admits to considering pieces for Moira and wondering whether they might be too strange. “Then she puts it on and it’s like: no, not strange enough.” He laughs. “This sea foam wig might be pushing it too far — nope, not far enough.”

Schitt’s Gets Real: Behind the Scenes with Multitalented TV Star Daniel Levy. by Paul Hagen at Metrosource



Burberry explained that the choice to stop burning unsaleable merchandise is part of a five-year initiative the brand launched last year to adopt a more sustainable fashion approach and added that they’ve already started to “reuse, repair, donate or recycle unsaleable products and we will continue to expand these efforts.”

Burberry Is the Latest Luxury Label to Stop Using Real Fur. by Nerisha Penrose at ELLE



(And yet, the term “witch hunt” has been resurrected in the wake of the #MeToo movement and Mueller investigation, this time in defense of the mostly male perpetrators of sexual violence and obstruction of justice. Incredible how much history is erased in the use of that phrase.)

In just a few short years, under these conditions, the pop culture witch has grown far more hostile. She’s no longer here to cleanse auras and bow to the moon. As writer Lindy West joked in her New York Times op-ed, “Yes, this is a witch hunt. I’m a witch and I’m hunting you.”

Charmed, Sabrina, and the Return of the Dark Witch. by Aimee Lutkin at Marie Claire



The duo, who have spent 16 seasons (and 14 years) together on the fashion competition series, are not returning for the Bravo revival. Instead, the duo is reteaming for an untitled global fashion competition series for retail and streaming giant Amazon. Additionally Zac Posen has said that he will not return for Bravo’s Project Runway revival, either.

Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn Exit ‘Project Runway’ for Amazon Fashion Show by Leslie Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter



[Photo Credit: Amanda Demme/The Cut]

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