T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Reading List

Posted on February 21, 2020

Kittens, we’re off for a weekend of leisure and Champagne – but fret not! For we have left you with a pile of zeitgeist to sift through until we get back. Enjoy!


Brides will soon be able to dress like Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle, Cinderella, Tiana, Pocahontas, Aurora, Jasmine and Snow White for their special day.

Disney to Release Princess Wedding Gown Collection By Lindsay Weinberg at The Hollywood Reporter



There’s none of what the Bechdel Cast calls the “pussy slam.” Harley, Huntress, and Canary don’t fight like trained assassins or spies. Instead, they fight the way you might expect any woman in their situation to fight if they kept their wits about them. They might not be able to body slam a man twice their size, but they can definitely crack some knees or kick them in the ballsack. And they crack so many knees! 

Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey is a Fun, Demented Carnival Ride by Cate Young at Jezebel’s The Muse




As climate change threatens exports like oysters and rice, residents cling to a pageant tradition that celebrates them.

The Agriculture Queens of Louisiana By Jeanie Riess at The New York Times



It’s not just about the yarn. Ideas from Gabriela Hearst, Coach and Rodarte.

What Makes Sustainable Fashion? By Vanessa Friedman at The New York Times


And yet, a year later, the company began experimenting with its own originals in this space. It took a second to crack the formula; early projects, including a MythBusters follow-up, and a tweaked take on American Ninja Warrior, showed promise but lacked a clear brand identity. Then, in 2018, came the hits that solidified Netflix’s reality brand—bubbly shows like Queer Eye and Nailed It. 

Inside Netflix’s Reality TV Invasion by Laura Bradley at The Daily Beast



Growing up in Queens, Drescher was driven by the prospect of a life beyond her idyllic hometown bubble. She asked her father to give her driving lessons in lieu of paying for driver’s education, and used the money for a set of headshots instead.

Fran Drescher Has Still Got It By Keaton Bell at Vogue



Her contract was terminated early, but the fashion magazine maintains it wasn’t because of her allegations against President Trump.

What Happened Between E. Jean Carroll and Elle Magazine? By Katie Rosman and Jessica Bennett at The New York Times



We wanted to hear more. As part of our new series, Anonymous in Hollywood, Vulture recently spoke to a few former assistants in entertainment who shared their experiences working in the industry.

I Was a Hollywood Assistant and I Got Yelled at on the Toilet By Anne Victoria Clark at Vulture



Faced with a racist obsession with “accuracy”, Black cosplayers are fighting to prove that cosplay applies to all and not just some.

The Black creatives changing the face of cosplay By Shakeena Johnson at i-D



At my own workplaces, the New Age–speak mingled recklessly with aviation metaphors (holding pattern, the concept of discussing something at the 30,000-foot level), verbs and adjectives shoved into nounhood (ask, win, fail, refresh, regroup, creative, sync, touchbase), nouns shoved into verbhood (whiteboard, bucket), and a heap of nonwords that, through force of repetition, became wordlike (complexify, co-execute, replatform, shareability, directionality).

Garbage Language: Why Do Corporations Speak the Way They Do? by Molly Young at Vulture



[Photo Credit: Courtesy of Disney via The Hollywood Reporter]

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