The Daily T LOunge for October 2, 2020

Posted on October 02, 2020

Cristallo Lounge Bar and Terrace – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Grab a seat and start drinking, kittens! Yadda yadda yadda… the view’s lovely, etc. The point is that it’s FRIDAY!!!! And we know we must have said this about a dozen times this year, but it’s the end of the longest week of the year! So far, we’re about eleven weeks into October, by our reckoning.

Also, apropos of nothing at all, it is sometimes a HILARIOUS proposition, the idea of writing a pop culture and fashion blog in 2020. It’s like tap dancing in front of a tsunami.

Whew! Okay, then! Talk amongst yourselves, darlings. There are distractions to be had if you’d rather shut everything else out for a while. After all, that’s what the T LOunge is for. As always, the drinks are on us.

 

Chrissy Teigen Has Ignited an Important Conversation Around Miscarriage
According to the non-profit maternal and infant health organization March of Dimes, for women who know they’re pregnant, about 10 to 15 in 100 pregnancies end in miscarriage, with most pregnancy loss happening in the first trimester before the 12th week of pregnancy. Too often, pregnancy loss is a taboo topic, leaving women who have experienced it suffering in silence. By sharing her experience, Teigen is not only shedding light on just how common miscarriage is, but helping to end the stigma around talking about it.

 

Zachary Quinto on Working With an All Openly Gay Cast in The Boys in the Band: “It Felt Like We Were Representing Our Own Lineage”
“There was definitely a kind of freedom and celebration engendered in all of us because it felt like we were representing our own lineage. It’s a real testament to how far we’ve come in the last 52 years when you think about all the actors who had to sacrifice aspects of their lives even to be associated with a piece like this. Ultimately, though, The Boys in the Band is a really universal story about a group of people who happen to be gay and are struggling to find some acceptance within themselves and the world around them. That larger human sense of longing is something many people can relate to.”

 

45 Thanksgiving Movies to Put You in the Holiday Spirit
The perfect pregame to the big feast.
From ’90s cult classics to your favorite feel-good comedies, these are the movies to get you in the holiday spirit ahead of Thursday’s feast.

 

Misty Copeland and Alessandra Ferri on Dancing the Role of Juliet
In a conversation from City Center’s “Studio 5,” the ballerinas discuss how the coveted part in “Romeo and Juliet” has been reimagined through the years.
Ask any young dancer what role she fervently desires, and she’s likely to say Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet.” Some ballerinas, such as Alessandra Ferri (above, left), dance this role their entire careers, reimagining the character each time: braver, more vulnerable, stronger. American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland (above, right) danced Juliet for the first time five years ago, with a whiff of teen-age willfulness. In a City Center “Studio 5” conversation, online Sept. 30-Oct. 6, the two ballerinas discuss how their approaches to Juliet have changed over time.

 

How to Misread Jane Austen
The novelist was a keen observer of her time. Now readers want to make her a mirror of our own.
Instead of asking what Austen is trying to tell us, we might ask what she’s trying to show us. But the answer to that seems to be: It depends on who’s looking. In her lifetime, Austen was popular with a certain class of readers, the fashionable and well-off, who enjoyed her novels, particularly “Pride and Prejudice,” as comedies of manners. They got the jokes, and you always feel good about an author when you are in on her jokes.
But Austen was hardly a best-seller, and by the eighteen-twenties her books were often out of print. The critical line on her, even from admirers like Sir Walter Scott, was that she was a miniaturist specializing in an exceedingly narrow sector of British society, the landed gentry.

 

30 Palate-Cleansing Works On Black Life Outside Of The White Gaze
Whenever Black History Month comes around, a lot of the conversation inevitably centres around slavery, civil rights movements, and the many racist barriers that Black pioneers have been forced to push against in order to move the world forward.
While incredibly important to ensure that we continue to remember these histories and honour those trailblazers, it feels equally important to remember that Black history and Black life is not and has never been reducible to the tensions and traumas that arise under the white gaze. In a year that has resurfaced those traumas repeatedly, this Black History Month list is intended as a tonic for those who wish to enjoy a different angle in the kaleidoscope of Black life.
Racism, though often a determinative part, is never at the heart of lives that remain filled with love, joy, creativity, and everyday drama. And this list, comprising film, documentary, television, and literature, reflects the tapestry of Black life in all its complex, irreducible beauty.

 

An Extraordinary Conversation Between Michaela Coel and Donald Glover
The two most influential black voices working in television today, on Zoom and speaking freely: From ego death and mutant subcultures to lockdown Bibles and small-screen medicine, via family planning, interracial sex, the search for identity, empathy and context and much, much more.
Who would you want to talk to if you’d made, arguably, the most accomplished television show of the year? A 12-episode, multilayered, heartbreaking, hilarious, synapse-firing, soul-raking voyage into a part-real, part-fantastical, all-relevant universe that serves as a mirror to reflect back onto us – creator and viewer – the very worst and the very best of humanity? Well, if that show is I May Destroy You and you are its “mother”, its writer, executive producer and codirector, plus your name is Michaela Coel, then the person you want to talk to – Right. Now. – is Donald Glover.

 

From Cleopatra to the Fairy-Tale King: A Brief History of Royally Big Spenders
Sure, our current royals may have some lavish homes—but have any of them ever swallowed a pearl just to win a bet?
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle bought their $14.65 million estate in lush Montecito last month, it was a particularly lavish way of putting down roots—but they are, of course, far from the first of the royals to spend big.
Queen Anne, subject of The Favourite, is said to have spent the equivalent of 11,000 pounds on drinking chocolate alone. In more recent history, the beloved Queen Mother racked up 4 million pounds of debt. Sarah Ferguson has also found herself massively in debt, and her ex-husband Prince Andrew has spent so recklessly on private planes that he has been nicknamed “Air Miles Andy.”
It goes beyond the British royal family too. Queen Letizia of Spain’s 2004 wedding dress by designer Manuel Pertegaz is rumored to have cost around $8 million, while Queen Margrethe of Denmark has allegedly spent $5 million on her own modernist silver and glass coffin by famed sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard. And then there is Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei, whose expenses were once said to add up to $50 million a month.
These modern royals may want to heed stories of past rulers, whose extravagant ways often led to derision, controversy, and the loss of their crowns.

 

Is Henry Cavill Too Hot to Play Sherlock Holmes in ‘Enola Holmes’? An Investigation
His jawline is simply too powerful, and we need to talk about that.
When I sat down to watch the new Netflix movie Enola Holmes last night, I anticipated a cute two hours featuring the lovely Millie Bobby Brown becoming an amateur detective in old time-y England. Sure, I knew Henry Cavill was in the film, and I knew he played her older brother, the famous Sherlock Holmes. But I didn’t know that his hotness, his chiseled jaw and Superman good looks, would distract me so much that I wouldn’t be able to tell you what the actual plot was. It got me thinking: Is Henry Cavill too attractive to play Sherlock Holmes?

 

The Special Place Where Ella Fitzgerald Comes Alive
The singer’s concert recordings have always had a power that her studio outings could only imply. “Ella: The Lost Berlin Tapes,” a newly unearthed 1962 performance, magnifies her legacy.
Ella Fitzgerald hardly ever crooned the blues, and her vocals rarely overflowed with pathos or fury. Listening to her nail a ballad, you may not feel invited to leap into her own world and feel her pain, like you would with Billie Holiday or Little Jimmy Scott. You could say that Fitzgerald was to singing what Yo-Yo Ma is to the cello: utter perfection, personified. Fitzgerald thinks of the note, she hits the note. She learns the song, she becomes the song. Still, there’s a sacred exchange going on. Rather than beckoning you in, Fitzgerald is bringing the music to you. And the effect is undeniable — you’re disarmed. It makes sense, then, that Fitzgerald’s live recordings have always had a special power that her studio outings could only imply. As her biographer Stuart Nicholson put it, the best ones “reveal the real Ella, bringing pleasure to others by bringing pleasure to herself.” Of those live albums, few made a longer-lasting impression than “Mack the Knife: Ella in Berlin,” from 1960, widely considered one of her greatest captures.

 

Leaf Peeping Is Not Canceled: 6 Drives and Hikes to Try This Fall
From the Berkshires to the Rockies, the vibrant colors of fall are popping, and nothing, not even a pandemic, can stop them. Six writers in six states reveal their favorite drives and hikes.

 

How to Host a Zoom Thanksgiving
Like just about everything in 2020, the holidays are probably going to look a lot different this year. With public-health experts anticipating a surge in COVID-19 cases this fall, the CDC has recommended against traveling long distances or congregating indoors to celebrate Thanksgiving — which means that, if you live in a colder climate or have friends and family spread out across the country, a virtual Thanksgiving may be your safest bet.
But what does a Zoom Thanksgiving look like, exactly? According to the event planners we spoke with, it could be as simple as setting a time to eat a meal with friends or family, even if you can’t be together in person. Or, you can take the current circumstances as an opportunity to try something different — like a family recipe swap or Zoom cooking lessons.

 

 

 

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