T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Reading List

Posted on June 28, 2019

Once again, darlings: before we jet off into the summer sun and days filled with glamour and excitement at every moment, the likes of which would surely make all of you insanely jealous, we simply felt compelled to leave behind a smattering of the most interesting articles and essays of our week. Also: We’re probably just going to Trader Joe’s and brunch. It’s too damn hot to do anything else, let alone anything filled with glamour and excitement. But Ciao anyway, darlings!


Making the Cut’ filmed its first challenge in Paris on Tuesday as Klum, Gunn and a star-studded judges panel began their search for the next global fashion icon.

Amazon Unveils Judges, Title of Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s Fashion Competition Series by Staff at The Hollywood Reporter




There’s also the added layer of being a parent after having experienced some amount of trauma in your life. Trauma, handled or unhandled, or in the process of being handled, is a thread you can trace through my entire conversation with Alanis, and we touched on how it informs her parenting when she casually mentioned her “four boundaries,” which I needed to know more about immediately.

“I talk about this with my kids a lot, the four boundaries being: You can’t tell me what I’m thinking, you can’t tell me what I’m feeling, you can’t fucking touch my body/you can’t do anything with my body, and don’t touch my stuff,” Alanis told me.
“Holy shit,” I said. I mean, what else is there? I found myself imagining if I could, or should, incorporate that into my own parenting, or whether I should have spent more time developing an ethos of parenting in the first place, instead of just trying to solve problems as new ones constantly roll down the conveyor belt, like Lucy and Ethel at the chocolate factory.

Alanis Morissette on Pregnancy at 45, Childbirth, Postpartum Depression, and #MeToo by Nicole Cliffe at Self magazine



She responds to accusations of cultural appropriation: “I understand and have deep respect for the significance of the kimono in Japanese culture.”

Kim Kardashian West and the Kimono Controversy by Vanessa Friedman at The New York Times




I would find out later that most of that day had been carefully calibrated to impress me. “You know how a teacher decorates the classroom on parents’ visiting day?” Bines said recently, laughing. “It was like that.” The Rihanna poster, the framed enlargements of highly trafficked articles on the wall, even the “What the Fuck is babe.net” sign on the archway had all been hung just for my arrival. The U.S. tab.com staffers, who shared the office with babe.net, had been told to go work at another location for the day. Pitches for the features meeting had been prearranged, and my one-on-one meetings with the writers had been so heavily coached Mitzali and Ross could have been producers on The Bachelor. According to Way, things had been tense and chaotic around the time of my visit, as they’d been since the Aziz piece was published. Nobody really wanted to go to happy hour, another staffer told me. The idea of a reporter and photographer coming to the office set off waves of anxiety. But one thing about the day that was true to the actual dynamics of the workplace: The staff all socialized and drank together all the time. And it often got complicated.

The Wild Ride at Babe.Net by Allison P. Davis at The Cut



Netflix’s decision to cancel the family sitcom in March sparked a social media campaign to save it. Pop TV answered the calls.

‘One Day at a Time’ to Return in 2020 by Julia Jacobs at The New York Times




Kartheiser is more humble, saying he’s not the type of actor who always immediately knows how he’s going to play a scene when he gets a script. “Although [my process] does have a history of me fleshing it out on my own before I get to set,” he says a scene “doesn’t become concrete” until he “sees how the cameras are set up and how he can react to the other actors.” He says the scene itself “was pretty easy to do because we had enough setup for it in previous shots” and he understood his character’s motivation.

“The way I remember the scene, even though we were in an elevator, I didn’t get in his face,” Kartheiser reflects. “I didn’t back off from him, but it wasn’t like I was dressing him down so much as I was expressing my anger toward him. It wasn’t so much me being the aggressor as me being reactionary to the outlandish situation that he had helped create.”

‘Not Great, Bob!’: The Making of Mad Men’s Greatest Meme by Whitney Friedlander at Vulture



Hunter Schafer is not your typical tween starlet. For one, her most recent endeavor—a breakout role in HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ as Jules, whose life is complicated not only by being the new girl in town but by also being trans—is something of a second (or possibly third) career for her.

‘Euphoria’’s Breakout Star Hunter Schafer on Playing an Unprecedented Character by Chloe Chama at Vogue




“All of the women in this show are self-assured and self-empowered, which I found very inspiring,” said costume designer Heidi Bivens.

‘Euphoria’ Costume Designer Calls Show’s Street Style a “Time Capsule” of How Teens Dress Today by Bronwyn Cosgrave at The Hollywood Reporter




They’re stressful, classist, and sometimes no help at all. So why do they persist?

Decoding the wedding dress code by Constance Grady at Vox




How Sarah Bernhardt mastered her craft, dominated the media, and wrote the playbook for the famous people who came after her.

The first modern celebrity was born 175 years ago by Sharon Marcus at Vox





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