The Daily T LOunge for October 1, 2020

Posted on October 01, 2020

The Tack Room Bar and Lounge – Adare, County Limerick, Ireland


Time to break out the pumpkin spice, darlings! You may think it’s early summer still but it’s OCTOBER. We, for our parts, are doing up Halloween this year at our place because we all need to find joy where we can. We didn’t realize, however, that our existing decorations are all basically candy dishes, which gives you some idea of where our interests lie. We have to be firm, though. If we start buying Halloween candy this early, we’ll wind up eating pounds of it all month and no one here wants that. Or do they?

By the way, today is THURSDAY. Attagirl.

Now, a question: When was the last time you had to fish spare change out of your dryer? We just stumbled across our spare change bowl, which used to be by our front door but got moved months ago to make way for our mask basket. It occurs to us that we haven’t so much as seen a piece of spare change in months. How weird is that? A thing that was more or less part of our daily lives for decades just … stoppped. And it took us nearly 6 months to even notice its absence. Kinda miss the jingle. Don’t miss the rattling in the dryer.

Anyway, here is another list of distractions to help you get through today:


A Complete Breakdown of How Royal Family Members Feel About ‘The Crown’
Who watches and who won’t admit it?
Back in 2016, Netflix gave royal-obsessed streamers The Crown, which chronicled the British royal family with drama, high style, and one more outlet for people to question what about the royals was fact and what was fiction. The show’s fourth season is set to hit the streaming service on November 15, 2020, and will include Prince Charles’s and Princess Diana’s romance. With the show already slated to have a sixth season, the actual royals have had plenty of time to watch, critique, and vehemently deny that they watch along with the commoners. Few have mentioned the show outright, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t come up in casual conversation.


Is My Workplace Watching Me?
As we adjust to the work-from-home life, some worry employers might take, um, more liberties when it comes to our private data.
Everyone has bad days at work. When you need to vent, you angrily type a screed to your work wife on Slack. When you need to cry (we’ve all been there), you seek out the third bathroom stall. When you need to send a quick personal email or order something on Amazon, you tilt your screen a touch to shield it from the peering eyes of your cubicle-mate. You do these things to maintain a level of privacy at the office. But in our data-driven era, how much privacy do we really have at work? For those of us working remotely, are our employers monitoring us…at home?


9 Women-Directed Films That Will Dominate This Awards Season
The 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival might’ve been a smaller affair than previous years, serving up a capsule program of 50 films available to watch virtually, physically, and even by drive-in. Still, it managed to boast a brilliant number of female filmmakers in its program. Forty-six percent of the films were directed or co-directed by women, a 10 percent improvement on last year. “We’ve reached a watershed moment where the entire film world is embracing the fact that women’s voices have been underrepresented for too long,” Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s co-head and artistic director said in a statement. “Now is the time where we can bring more of these films to the fore.”


Jurnee Smollett on Why Lovecraft Country Is Protest Art
The actress talks to about creating Leti Lewis and the sobering timeliness of the HBO hit series.
You’ll know when Lovecraft Country is on when the tweets start rolling in on Sunday nights. There’s a reaction to a jump scare here, expletives toward a villain there, and, usually, Jurnee Smollett’s live commentary in the mix, paired with cheeky GIFs and fan retweets.
“Somebody get Ruby!!!!! Please!!!!!!” she posts during one episode. “What!?! Why!?! Huh!!! How!??” she presses in another. It’s like the screams from a theater audience during a scary movie, but in 280 characters or less.
Smollett, who plays leading lady Letitia Lewis, is blown away by Lovecraft Country’s instant fandom. “It’s taken off in a way that you can never really expect or predict, and just to see the way the art is impacting people is very moving,” she tells But what impresses her more is the viewers’ attentiveness to the cultural references in the 1950s-set visuals.


These Are the Essential Spices Every Kitchen Should Have
No idea where to start in the spice aisle? Here are the basic building blocks of any kitchen’s spice rack.
No matter how or what you cook, spices are one of the most crucial elements of your pantry. They’re a quick way to add a lot of flavor to whatever you have on hand, from canned beans to roasted vegetables to chicken breast. But they’re also a vast category—what counts as a spice and what doesn’t could be an entire philosophical treatise. Does salt count? Sugar? Vanilla? It’s fair to be overwhelmed by what to buy, and how much, and where to buy it from.


Chrissy Teigen Reveals She Suffered Pregnancy Loss: We Are ‘In The Kind Of Deep Pain You Only Hear About’
Chrissy had been hospitalized last weekend due to excessive bleeding in her third pregnancy.
Chrissy Teigen shared truly heartbreaking news on her Instagram last night: after suffering complications, she has lost her third baby. Teigen has been updating fans throughout the week on her and her baby’s health after she was hospitalized for excessive bleeding last weekend; her husband John Legend has been in the hospital with her.


Zendaya Might Play Doo Wop Legend Ronnie Spector in a Biopic
Zendaya just can’t seem to stop being booked and busy, can she?
Not only did the critically acclaimed actress star in a secret quarantine movie with John David Washington called Malcolm & Marie, and go on to become the second Black actress and youngest ever to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (for her performance as Rue in Euphoria, which she promises to deliver a bonus episode of some time soon), but up next, she’s in talks to puff her hair up into a beehive and take on the role of Ronnie Spector in a forthcoming biopic about the musician and her doo wop girl group The Ronettes.


Has fashion embraced diversity? For me the answer is no
A fashion and beauty influencer speaks frankly about why she deleted her Instagram account last week and quit the industry for good
There is a difference between having a voice and actually being heard, between talking about diversity and inclusiveness and actually doing something about it.
A week ago I had a fashion blog and an Instagram page with a following of almost 40k. I did shoots with many with major fashion and beauty brands including Reiss, Gap, Sweaty Betty, Dove, Marks & Spencer, Guess, Paige, Boden, River Island, Pandora and more. But this week, I deleted it, and here’s why. Because my 10 year-long journey has equated to 10 years of anxiety, 10 years of tears, 10 years of helplessness, 10 years of self-doubt, 10 years of depression.


The American Latino Experience: 20 Essential Films Since 2000
In Hollywood, Hispanic stories usually mean ones from other countries. The features and documentaries on this list explore U.S. lives that deserve the spotlight, too.
Hollywood still doesn’t get it. Latinos are not a monolith. The context, details and nuances that go into telling the story of a family in Mexico City won’t be the same for the story of a family in Los Angeles, which would in turn differ for one in Miami. American-born or -raised Latinos have unique life experiences, straddling the line between assimilation and pride in their heritage, which the big studios frequently fail to acknowledge. Such movies do exist, though often on the periphery. And they’re worth seeking out to help foster conversations about the intricacies of Latinidad.


How BTS and Its ARMY Could Change the Music Industry
Idol worship is by no means a new concept in pop music — remember John Lennon’s provocative statement in 1966 that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus”? — but there’s something about BTS that turns fandom up to 11. The global brigade of BTS acolytes is collectively known by the acronym ARMY, short for Adorable Representative MC for Youth, a moniker chosen by Big Hit Entertainment, the company that launched the band. ARMY comprises the lion’s share of a Twitter audience that’s 29.2 million followers strong, more than triple that of any other K-pop group, and growing daily. BTS’ Instagram presence of 30.6 million followers (also rising rapidly), is trailed closely only by YG Entertainment’s Blackpink, at 29.3 million.




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