T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Reading List

Posted on January 25, 2019

Kittens, we’ve been remiss in bringing you good, meaty pop culture reading in the new year and for that, we apologize. Allow us to rectify with this week’s list of all the posts, articles and essays that caught our eyes this week. Enjoy!


That was a night I’ll never forget. I was at the theater 40 early because I didn’t want to miss anything. I went in with two close friends and we watched in awe. At the time you were 92 years old. You were escorted onto the stage and you took your seat. Justin interviewed you and you came to life. You were so full of energy! At one point an audience member asked if you remembered the famous “Ephraim let me go…” monologue. At which point you stood right up and it was like you were in your 40s again. You delivered the monologue. I got to hear you sing “Hello Dolly” live.

As I watched you glow with the opportunity to perform that song, I realized why I loved you so much: you speak to my soul through the language of comedy, and that’s a language Rosetta Stone can’t teach. You either have it or you don’t.

Bob the Drag Queen Tributes Idol Carol Channing: ‘You Speak to My Soul‘ by Caldwell Tidicue at Billboard



The co-star of “Schitt’s Creek” chats about her collaboration with Eugene Levy and the one idea that Christopher Guest would not let her put on film.

“When in Doubt, Play Insane”: An Interview with Catherine O’Hara by Rachel Syme at The New Yorker



Valentino, Viktor & Rolf and Balmain take to their soapboxes, with varying success.

When a Fashion Statement Has Real Meaning by Vanessa Friedman at The New York Times



But that doesn’t matter. You are not yet a cynic or so jaded—well, you are, but curiously not about Jonathan Larson’s musical, which turns you into a romantic. You idolize these East Village denizens who protest corporate America, who fight against their own demons, who strive for truth and freedom and equality. It doesn’t matter that, with age, you might one day find it too saccharine, too idealistic. You will one day have to pay rent yourself, and there will be no one to hear you sing a song about your lease! You will meet performance artists who have actual talent, who want to be paid for their work! You will go to lunch at the real Life Cafe on Avenue B, nestled between luxury apartment buildings with very high rent, the same year the restaurant closes because it can’t afford its rent.

Rent Moved American Culture Forward. Rent: Live Is Proof of That. by Tyler Coates at Esquire



Aparicio has also become a potent role model in a conversation about the treatment of Indigenous people in Mexico and the plight of domestic workers like her mother, whose experiences informed her daughter’s performance.

Yalitza Aparicio Is the Oscars’ First Indigenous Mexican Actress Nominee by Kathryn Shattuck at The New York Times



A day ahead of unveiling its nominations for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards, the media watchdog organization has confirmed that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will not be in contention due to new allegations concerning Bryan Singer that were published in The Atlantic.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Removed From GLAAD Media Awards Nominees After New Bryan Singer Claims by Chris Gardner
at The Hollywood Reporter



The Favourite and the Chaotic Ways That Women Move

The Favourite and the Chaotic Ways That Women Move by Nina Li Coomes Cote at The Atlantic



Over the course of two hit sitcoms, a couple of best-selling books and some scene-stealing turns in Hollywood blockbusters such as “Ocean’s 8” and “Inside Out,” Mindy Kaling has cultivated an image as a kinder, gentler and more relatable star than most.

Mindy Kaling Created Her Own Opportunities (and Doesn’t Plan on Stopping) by Brent Lang at Variety



The Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer has been trailed by accusations of sexual misconduct for 20 years. Here, his alleged victims tell their stories.

‘Nobody Is Going to Believe You’
by Alex French and Maximillian Potter at The Atlantic



At 38, he has that well-tortured soul of someone who’s spent his adult life trying to make it as an artist in New York. For most of his career, Harper has preferred the ironic, intellectual thrum of the NYC theater scene over more commercial work. So that’s what he did for a while — workshops and readings with playwrights like Lynn Nottage and Branden Jacob-Jenkins. It wasn’t until his mid-30s that he finally felt that enough was enough: He had done enough survival jobs and lived with enough roommates to know that maybe he needed to think about his future and financial stability. Maybe he’d quit acting. That’s, of course, when he got The Good Place job.

The Tortured Soul of William Jackson Harper Life on earth is just as anxiety-ridden for the charmingly neurotic Good Place star. by E. Alex Jung at Vulture



Despite her radical posture, she remains pop’s ace student, a virtuoso competitor and a relentless pleaser who recently spent the first decade of her career seeking head pats from the music industry, high fashion, the art world, Hollywood, Bud Light, Netflix, Tony Bennett and the NFL. Now she’s planting her flag in the Nevada dirt with two separate concert residencies: a future-kitsch pop show called “Enigma,” performed in sci-fi riot gear; and a standards revue called “Jazz and Piano,” sung in ball gowns made from pulverized starlight.

Hollywood brightened Lady Gaga’s star. Las Vegas will protect her from oblivion. by Chris Richards at The Washington Post



“I’m very surprised by the very huge reaction that the show garnered,” Kondo adds, “but what makes me especially happy is that so many people who watch the show have implemented the KonMari method of tidying.”

Marie Kondo is proud of your tidying up, and wants to clarify that part about books by Yvonne Viallarreal at Los Angeles Times



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