T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Reading List

Posted on August 16, 2019

Kittens, here are all the posts, articles and essays that caught our eyes this week. Read this, and you’ll be caught up on the zeitgeist, T Lo style.

 

Perkins figured Bernadette probably had an online shopping addiction: “A lot of late-night looking at things, like, ‘Oh I love this and I love that.’ She was really so isolated in her world and that was one of the ways that she could really reach out and explore, through clothing.”

One of the key costumes is an olive-toned fishing vest that Bernadette decides she absolutely needs for their Antarctic adventure. She opens an Amazon box and tries on the vest, ultimately wearing it to a pharmacy and during a tense intervention scene, much to the surprise of her husband Elgie (Billy Crudup), who comments on the strange outfit choice.

‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Costume Designer Talks Styling Cate Blanchett to Look “Like a Mess” by Lindsay Weinberg at The Hollywood Reporter

 

 

“They give you a feeling of air on your skin,” said Ms. Matthis, an actress in New York. “When the wind hits you a certain way, the line of your body is there. That’s sensual. It’s pleasurable.”

Woke or Not, the Caftan Is Sexy by Ruth La Ferla at The New York Times

 

 

“The complexity of the so-called individual that’s been praised for decades in America somehow has narrowed itself to the ‘me,’ ” she said.

Toni Morrison’s Truth. She saw the madness we’re living in now years ago. by Hilton Als at The New Yorker

 

 

The Internet constantly confronts us with evidence of our past. Are we losing the chance to remake ourselves?

How Social Media Shapes Our Identity by Nausicaa Renner at The New Yorker

 

 

And yet here was the freest black woman in the world, and she lived her life in such a way that pleasure and style were not antithetical to intellectual rigor. If anything, they fed it. The fact that Morrison was a writer made this seem all the more superhuman. Writing is typically characterized by long bouts of misery rewarded with occasional pearls of short-lived but deeply intense satisfaction. Morrison seemed to have found a way to supply herself with a steady stream of joy.

Rather than living literary goddess, I began to think about Morrison as a fellow writer, a fellow Howard grad, a fellow woman. There were whole worlds in the lives of my mother, my aunts, my grandmothers and their grandmothers that I thought were none of my business because, well, they told me they were none of my business. What did a child need to know about the personal exploits of her ancestors? That was grown folks’ business. I realized that reading Morrison’s books feels like gaining entry into a club of black adulthood. They turn ancestors into contemporaries.

Reading Toni Morrison at 17, 25 and 35 by Soraya Nadia McDonald at The Undefeated

 

“I spent a lot of time trying to wash that off and work it off. And so that’s a place that I came from, it’s not a place that I want to go back to, because it was difficult to work to separate myself from that early TV identity. And people kept telling me it’s different now, television is different, and I still didn’t believe them.”

Michelle Williams on Her Post-Fosse/Verdon Break: “I’m Really Enjoying Undoing” by Staff at Vanity Fair

 

 

“Janie Bryant of ‘Mad Men’ again designed for the 1960s in the new CBS All Access period show, which depicts different characters in three decades.”

Why Dressing for ‘Why Women Kill’ Was a “Costume Designer’s Dream” by Lindsay Weinberg at The Hollywood Reporter

 

 

Goodfellas (Reviewed by Kyle Smith — New York Post)

‘But women don’t get “GoodFellas.” It’s not really a crime drama, like “The Godfather.” It’s more of a male fantasy picture — “Entourage” with guns instead of swimming pools, the Rat Pack minus tuxedos […] Women sense that they are irrelevant to this fantasy, and it bothers them […] Ball-busting means cheerfully insulting one another, preferably in the presence of lots of drinks and cigars and card games. (The “GoodFellas” guys are always at the card table, just as the Rat Pack were, while the “Entourage” guys love video games.) Women (except silent floozies) cannot be present for ball-busting because women are the sensitivity police: They get offended, protest that someone’s not being fair, refuse to laugh at vicious put-downs. In the male fantasy, all of this is unforgivable — too serious, too boring. Deal another hand, pour another drink.’

The Creepiest and Most Sexist Reviews Ever Written by Kayleigh Donaldson at Pajiba

 

 

The Zoya costume gets the most beat up because I was insistent that she had the belt. A lot of things about “GLOW” and the ’80s is about the silhouette and it being simple, so a lot of them are very simple leotards — especially in the ring because you have to make sure they can be safe. Everyone except Zoya wears Capezios. But we had to make sure they could grab each other — the wrestling is about interacting closely with each other and making sure you’re a good partner, so what fabrics were too slick, that when they go to grab to turn them around, they can’t get the right grip. All of that had to come into play.

‘GLOW’ Costume Designer on Creating Bridesmaids Leotards, Borrowing a Bob Mackie Original by Danielle Turchiano at Variety

 

 

[Photo Credit: Wilson Webb/Annapurna Pictures]

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