T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Reading List

Posted on December 13, 2019

Because it is our duty and life’s calling to keep you completely up on tha cultcha (or at least the parts of it that appeal to us), here are all the articles and essays that tickled our fancies this week.


Colleen Atwood also breaks down the looks worn by Nicole Kidman (as Gretchen Carlson) and Margot Robbie (as a fictional news producer) in the film, about the downfall of Fox News’ Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.

How ‘Bombshell’s’ Costume Designer Transformed Charlize Theron Into Megyn Kelly by Cathy Whitloc at The HJollywood Reporter



He made python boots for Nureyev, black leather thigh-high boots for Jacqueline Onassis and platforms for Kate Moss that spelled out a vulgarity in crystals.

Terry de Havilland, Cobbler to the Stars, Is Dead at 81 by Katharine Q. Seelye at The New York Times



Witherspoon, 43, has channeled her fury into a bona fide empire for and about women. Born from frustration — “of people thinking you’re something that you’re not,” she says, “or incapable of something you are” — her 3-year-old company, Hello Sunshine, now has tentacles in television, film, podcasts and publishing, with an online book club poised to one day rival Oprah’s. The 50-person outfit may not bear Witherspoon’s name, but she is the throughline of its every book selection, web series and TV foray: an ultra-successful mom of three who still wakes up every day feeling like she has something to prove.

How Reese Witherspoon Took Charge of Her Career and Changed Hollywood by Lacey Rose at The Hollywood Reporter


In a new movie, the actress emerges as a renegade spirit, with a style to match.

Jean Seberg’s Legacy: A Look With a Life of Its Own by Ruth La Ferla at The New York Times



Every four years, hundreds of young people pack up their lives and move to Iowa to knock on doors in support of a presidential candidate.

What It’s Like to Be a Presidential Campaign Field Organizer by Chloe Angyal at Marie Claire



At a time when the world is burning—both literally and figuratively—there’s no better time to reflect on all the music we’ve consumed in the past decade: songs that serve as a reminder of simpler, happier times and a bright silver lining to the lunacy that is the political climate we live in today. Clad in low-rise jeans and shutter shades, we started off the decade dancing through our feelings. Ten years later, we’re still dancing, heartbreak be damned. Here, we take a trip through the years with the songs that defined our youth, dried our tears, and soundtracked our summers.

The 52 Best Songs That Defined The 2010s by Nerisha Penrose at ELLE



How social media, FaceTune, and plastic surgery created a single, cyborgian look.

The Age of Instagram Face By Jia Tolentino at The New Yorker



It was also a state I had never expected to be abandoned in. But here I was on the side of a snowy road in northern Jersey watching our blue Toyota disappear. Moments earlier, Ross and the realtor had settled into the front seats while I strapped our son into his car seat. I shut the door and walked around the back of the car with the intention of sliding in next to him but before I could, my husband drove away. Initially, I thought he was joking around. It wasn’t something we did much anymore, but I figured he might be trying. I assumed I’d see the four-door sedan making a speedy return. When it didn’t, I reasoned that he’d notice my absence in a minute or two. Surely the real estate agent realizes that I’m not in the car, I told myself. Our son must be screaming, Maaama! Yet ten minutes went by and there I still was. All alone on the side of an empty, suburban side street.

My Husband Left Me on the Side of the Road By Addie Morfoot at The Cut



The transgender talent was a lonely YouTuber who, in documenting her transition, tapped into a community — she now has 2.9 million YouTube subscribers — and connected with allies: “When I started, I had no one to look up to.”

How Gigi Gorgeous “Became the Person I Couldn’t Find in Traditional Media” by Gigi Gorgeous at The New York Times



The other line of Nora’s is that “the system rewards bad behavior.” It seems like from your perspective, that’s not always true.
I don’t think that’s always good at all. Again, I am sure that there are people that have that impression, but I don’t really think that that’s true. But, certainly, clients can feel that way. I definitely think that, in the last five to ten years particularly, we have seen a shift in terms of more divorcing parties going to mediation, communicating more effectively, using tools like It’s Over Easy, which is an online divorce site that we created, joining communities, reading things, getting educated about the process, and really not exercising bad behavior as a way to get ahead. I don’t think judicial officers find that to be something that’s worthy of being rewarded.

An Interview With the Real-Life Divorce Attorney Who (‘Maybe’) Inspired Marriage Story By Hunter Harris at Vulture



[Photo Credit: Colleen Atwood/Lionsgate via The Hollywood Reporter]

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