The Daily T LOunge for October 30, 2020

Posted on October 30, 2020

Rhapsody Bar – Mykonos, Greece


Grab a seat and plan to spend the rest of today drinking in the SERENITY of it all! Or just drinking. We’re not the types to judge (unless we’re getting paid for it).

Today is FRIDAY. Hooray and Huzzah, darlings. We did it.

Once again, we must dash to write things about The Mandalorian and podcast things about matters of semi-import, so feel free to chat amongst yourselves as to how you’re getting along while nibbling on the selection of distractions we’ve laid out for you. Off to practice our steps!


Lovecraft Country’s Wunmi Mosaku On Her New Film His House and the Particular Power of Horror
Wunmi Mosaku hit American screens this year like a meteorite. The BAFTA-winning British actor grabbed viewers’ attention early as Ruby in Lovecraft Country, a vision in a blue dress belting out songs and playing guitar one minute and shape-shifting the next. Fans of the series may think of the Nigerian-born, Manchester-raised actor as an overnight success, but she has been preparing for this star turn since graduating from drama school in 2007. Now, the actress again claims the spotlight with His House from director Remi Weekes, a Sundance favorite preemptively snapped up by Netflix for an October 30 release.


Why Getting Pregnant Feels Like a Competition — and What to Do About It
For many women, the stress of trying to conceive can be compounded by the feeling of getting left behind.

When you are struggling to conceive, every day feels like a contest. You are prepping, training, testing, trying — competing with yourself, and however inadvertently, sometimes with others around you, or on social media. There are few things more painful than scrolling through your feed and seeing another celebrity birth announcement or the gender reveal for a friend who started “trying” around the same time you did. When I was struggling to conceive, a day couldn’t pass without a Kardashian or a Duggar being pregnant. Each post of each pregnancy was just another reminder of what I wasn’t, and what I may never be. I always tried to be a good sport. Happy for them, sad for me, but sometimes that’s hard to be when you are stuck by yourself on the bench.


The Best Halloween Movies on Netflix Right Now
These favorites are all treat, no trick.

Looking to get into the spooky holiday spirit? Well, you’re in luck. From real life terrors to ghostly comedies that are more hilarious than horrifying, we’ve rounded up a list of the best Halloween movies currently available on Netflix, from cult classics to freaky (and under-the-radar) flicks.


Black Cancer Patients Don’t Have Wigs That Represent Them. One Cancer Survivor Is Changing That.
Dianne Austin founded Coils To Locs to create wigs for coily and curly hair textures.

Black hair is complex. It’s tied to our identity and our history, and is often the first thing that’s noticed, admired, and judged about us. For Black women battling cancer, losing their hair can take on more layers than our white counterparts. And for Dianne Austin, a cancer survivor and women of color, the process of losing her hair and not finding a wig that matched her 3b to 4c coily texture added yet another layer of difficulty.


A Fool-Proof Guide To Navigating A Wine List
Ahead of the release of The Noble Rot Book: Wine from Another Galaxy on 29 October, wine writers and restaurateurs Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew share their tips for ordering wine in a restaurant that’s a) affordable and b) delicious – without making an idiot out of yourself in the process.

You’re out for dinner. You’ve been seated at a primo table with good friends. Menus arrive, conversation flows, and no one announces they’ve turned teetotal, or gluten-free. Life is good. Then someone hands you the wine list. “Here you go love, you know your vino…” The procurement of delicious wine in a restaurant seems such an innocuous task, yet for many world peace seems eminently more achievable. Of course, the sommelier is the key to unlocking the vinous treasures in the cellar: engage them in conversation, tell them how much you want to spend, and they might find you an extraordinary bottle you never knew existed, with a “If you don’t like it, I’ll drink it” guarantee.


The Real Housewives of QAnon
How conspiracy theorists co-opted #SavetheChildren to lure suburban moms into Q’s labyrinth.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican nominee for Georgia’s 14th congressional district, is like a lot of white women you might encounter in the suburbs. She has long blonde hair and does CrossFit. She wears cute dangly earrings, tasteful blouses, and sheath dresses you could get off the rack at Ann Taylor. She was born in 1974, and received a business degree from the University of Georgia; she and her husband purchased a construction company in an Atlanta suburb in 2002. And like an increasing number of suburban women, Greene has publicly supported QAnon, both in videos on Facebook and Q-related articles she wrote for a now-defunct far-right website called American Truth Seekers.


Legendary Pitmaster Desiree Robinson Inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame
The co-founder of Cozy Corner in Memphis is the first Black woman to receive the recognition.

Robinson started the restaurant with her late husband, Raymond Robinson, in Memphis, Tennessee in 1977. In the four decades since, Cozy Corner has become legend in the eyes of food media and pitmasters alike. Still, Robinson was shocked when she got the news.
“It was mind-boggling,” she said. “It wasn’t something that I thought would happen to me. Because you’re so used to being under the radar, if not everybody knows about you. It’s just not something I really ever expected, but it was such a delightful surprise.”


The Pandemic-Proof Atmosphere of the Odeon Outside
With its makeshift patio, the restaurant has managed to preserve its signature sense of social hierarchy along with classic bistro dishes, Martinis, and opportunities for people-watching.

Before my lunch and a subsequent dinner at the Odeon, which turned forty in October, I had avoided eating anywhere with table service, even outdoors. If it were up to me, restaurants would be closed for anything other than takeout and delivery until the pandemic is contained significantly. Such a drastic measure would be contingent, of course, on sustained government aid, for both affected businesses and their employees. Instead, the government has failed the hospitality industry miserably. When I decided to go to the Odeon, it was as much out of curiosity as it was an impulse to offer support. How does an establishment whose appeal is primarily atmospheric adapt to the unsexiest of safety protocols?


Can I Tell My Friend Her Halloween Costume Is Problematic?
A reader feels that Scarlett O’Hara-style period dress may be seen as whitewashing the antebellum South.

A new friend in the Midwest was invited to an outdoor party where mask-wearing was requested. We went shopping for an art-inspired costume for her. But I saw that she was gravitating toward period costumes. After the party, she posted pictures online. I was stunned! She wore a full-blown Scarlett O’Hara-type gown — to a mansion, no less! If I’d known, I would have tried to talk her out if it. This year’s widespread Black Lives Matter protests, along with the traditional whitewashing of the antebellum South, make her choice seem insensitive. I’ll be seeing her soon, and I already feel awkward. I know she’ll share details of the party, and I feel obligated to enlighten her. Any advice?


Brooklyn Botanic Garden Turns Over a New Leaf
A wild meadow and woodland ‘ruin’ are now on exuberant display. The new, ecologically minded garden boasts shaggy clouds of vegetation.

The garden reopened in August for a limited daily number of socially distanced visitors. Now, as fall’s vibrant, showy display begins, meadow and woodland gardens completed at last winter’s onset are finally coming into their own. They are the culmination of a yearslong evolution, as the garden turns over a new leaf with the selection in September of Adrian Benepe, a former commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, as the new president and chief executive.


Secret Photos of Gay Couples Hidden By History
The book ‘Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s-1950s’ shines a tender light on hidden love.

So who did shoot the portraits of these lovers? By 1902, Robert Faries had invented a rudimentary device to shoot self-portraits, but it doesn’t appear to have been used in many of these pictures. The answer, according to the collectors, is that couples would get help from friends and family. Proof of this comes from some of the pictures collected in the book, depicting not just the couple but also – to use a modern term – their allies.
Today, homosexuality is still illegal in 70 countries around the world, and many LGBTQ people are still forced to either be discreet when it comes to expressing love, or to live in complete secrecy. These old photos remind us that such cruel laws still exist, and give us a candid insight into hidden love from the past.


Get Up-Close to Princess Diana’s Wedding Gown In the Brooklyn Museum’s First Virtual Show
While the Metropolitan Museum of Art tried its best to make an IRL fashion show exciting (and Covid-safe) with this year’s Met Gala “About Time: Fashion and Duration” exhibition, the Brooklyn Museum has successfully leaned all the way into the idea of a virtual showcase with “The Queen and The Crown,” their first virtual show in collaboration with Netflix, which offers an interactive, 360-degree look at the costumes from The Queen’s Gambit and season four of The Crown.






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