Lyaness Cocktail Bar, London, England
It’s a gray and rainy morning ’round these parts, which is why a London LOunge made the most sense to us as today’s gathering place. This also gives us the opportunity to ask a Very Important Question that will no doubt spur on a day’s worth of debate and conversation: On rainy days, do you turn on every light or do you wallow luxuriously in natural mood lighting? We go back and forth – and we’re never on the same page at the same time. One rainy day, Lo will go around turning on every lamp and overhead only to have T following behind him, turning every one of them off. On another rainy day, the dynamic will neatly flip itself. Today, when the sun failed to make an appearance, Tom turn on every light in the house within minutes of waking up. Now, an hour or so later, ninety percent have them have mysteriously turned themselves off. We’ll spend the rest of the day playing out this little struggle.
Oh, and by the way, today is TUESDAY. Somehow the worst day of all.
So are you a wallow-in-the-mood kinda person or are you a let’s-get-some-light-in-here one? And if that topic doesn’t interest you, perhaps we can entice you with the selections on today’s menu:
How Staring at Our Faces on Zoom Is Impacting Our Self-Image
While there are silver linings to Zoom meetings—from converging within the comfort of your own home to only having to dress from the waist up (perhaps eschewing pants altogether)—there’s one nuance of the experience we need to talk about: Staring at own faces, day in and day out. What exactly is it doing to our self-image?
“Very Pop!”: An Excerpt from the Memoir of John Giorno, Andy Warhol’s ‘60s Muse and Lover
In the early ‘60s the poet and artist John Giorno was Andy Warhol’s lover. Here, in an excerpt from his new memoir Great Demon Kings: A Memoir of Poetry, Sex, Art, Death, and Enlightenment, he recounts the patrons that surrounded the artist and his first glimpses of Warhol’s box structures.
Ashley Graham Wants to Cancel Mom-Shaming
Dialing in from a farm in Nebraska, where she is sequestered with her husband and seven-month-old baby boy, the supermodel opens up to close friend Kristen Bell about the “astronomical pain” of her natural childbirth, standing up for racial equality, and why she is not above putting on a full face beat for a Zoom meeting.
“Before I was even pregnant, that was always my hope for women in general, that they could learn to continue to love their bodies through the changes and the ups and downs. And then, when I got pregnant, I had to reimagine my relationship with my body with this creature inside me taking over. I was gaining weight so rapidly. Then, to get stretch marks on my stomach, that to me was like, ‘Oh my gosh. I can’t believe this happened.’ At first it felt devastating, and then when I met Isaac, I said, ‘No, this is exactly what every woman has talked about for ages. This is not just a battle wound. This is something that has changed my life forever, and I’m going to celebrate my new body.'”
Working From Home With My Partner Introduced Me To A Whole New Man
As lockdown forced cohabiting couples to fuse their works and home lives, one writer reflects on what she’s learned.
For someone who speaks mostly in a mild, casual vernacular, punctuated by no particular jargon or slang, his corporate lexicon pulls from a surprising library of stock phrases. There’s a lot of ‘from a [insert word] perspective…’ and ‘somewhat’ flying around on phone calls, words he’s never uttered once during our conversations. Then there’s this new, skittish conversation-filler laugh that’s just a couple of notches down from Chandler’s ‘work laugh’ (discovered by Monica in season five of Friends). I feel like I’ve never heard him make noises like this except, perhaps, on the occasion that ageing relatives ask him when he’s going to propose.
Kate Middleton, Prince William And The Royal Family Wish Meghan Markle Happy Birthday
Many happy returns to the Duchess of Sussex.
The Duchess of Sussex turns 39 today and is believed to be spending her special day at home in Los Angeles with her husband Prince Harry and one-year-old son, Archie.
Tributes have poured in for the former actor, including several from the royal family.
There’s More to The Go-Go’s Than Peppy Hits
Showtime’s new documentary trades well-trodden tales for a more serious look at a seminal band, treating the much-dismissed group like actual musicians.
What you might not have gleaned from retrospectives on the band, who formed in the thriving, increasingly fractured punk scene of late ’70s LA, is the legitimacy of their musicianship, songcraft, and early bonafides. Finally, in a new documentary, director and documentarian Allison Ellwood steps in to correct the record.
Yet to this day, The Go-Go’s are still the only all-female rock band to write their own songs, play their own instruments, and debut an album at No. 1 on Billboard. It’s an achievement that, while always noted, somehow hasn’t earned them the corresponding respect it should, nearly rendering their success as some kind of happy amateur’s accident relegated to the bargain-bin of disposable ’80s pop.
Padma Lakshmi Wants Us to Eat More Adventurously
“Why don’t we teach African-American cuisine in our cooking schools in this country? Why does it always have to be French-centric? Why isn’t it a requirement in culinary school to understand the Native foods of North America?”
“I love the commingling of cultures. My cookbooks are not all Indian, because I don’t eat like that. I don’t experience life like that, and I don’t think most Americans do, either. So I’m not saying that Indian food should only be cooked by Indians. But it would be great if a recipe that went viral were placed in the context of its own history. It’s not taking anything away from creativity to do that. It is acknowledging that these things didn’t come out of a vacuum.”
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