The Daily T LOunge for October 6, 2020

Posted on October 06, 2020

1901 Wine Lounge – London, England

 

It’s the right kind of day for an all-day wine-a-thon, yes? Or perhaps even a whine-a-thon? We’re not rigid ’round these parts. Either one is fine; both at the same time are preferable.

Today is TUESDAY. Hence all that talk about wining and whining.

How’s everyone sleeping? To our endless relief, our tossing-and-turning summer has morphed into a REM sleep kind of fall. There’s nothing better than a chilly bedroom, in our opinion. And while the loss of daylight sucks, one of the best things about the fall and winter months is how well we tend to sleep through them. We both mentioned dreams recently and realized that we hadn’t been having dreams for many months. Also: we’re thinking of buying some S.A.D. lighting for the coming winter. We’re both deskbound all day long and during the gray months, it might be nice to have a little light therapy action deskside all day. We’re also in the market for a new mattress, so any recommendations on either therapy lighting or mattresses would be heeded and welcome, darlings.

And if none of that interests you (and why would it), feel free to talk amongst yourselves or sample from our Buffet of Procrastinating:

 

Are Outdoor Gyms the Future of Fitness?
On October 3, Equinox opened their latest gym in New York City’s Hudson Yards. Traditionally, such an outpost would have been housed in a well-appointed building: Inside the upscale mall of Brookfield Place, a grand neo-Grecian building in NoHo, or a limestone expanse on the Upper East Side. Instead, this one lies beyond temporarily erected black walls on a vacant corner of 30th street and 10th avenue. In fact, it’s not enclosed in any sort of structure at all. Which is exactly the point.

 

Could a Show Like Emily in Paris Exist With a Fat Protagonist?
The first episode of the brand-new Netflix series Emily in Paris kicks off with a fatphobic bang. Our protagonist, the titular Emily (Lily Collins), has just arrived at her new office in Paris, where her oh-so-American enthusiasm and inability to speak French make her an obvious fish out of water; when Emily meets her new boss, Monsieur Brossard, he immediately launches into a tirade against her native Chicago’s deep-dish pizza, complaining, “The people are so fat. Why are they all so fat?”

 

26 Bollywood Movies to Move to the Top of Your Watch List
Spoiler alert: There’s a lot of Shah Rukh Khan.
Named “Bollywood” by movie enthusiasts, the Hindi-language film industry accounts for a major portion of the global film space and continues to grow with each title it pumps out. Bollywood beats out Nigeria’s Nollywood as well as America’s Hollywood to be the world’s largest film industry in terms of output and reach, with its content appealing to moviegoers in every corner of the world. But what is it exactly that makes Bollywood so epic, its films so special? Some argue that there’s a tried-and-true formula to any quality Bollywood film: swoon-worthy romance, swelling soundtracks, ridiculously attractive lead characters, and plot twists that you can see coming from a mile away. Others say that Bollywood’s secret is far simpler—it’s just a damn good time from beginning to end.

 

60 Things You Didn’t Know About The Crown
Olivia Colman earned significantly more than Tobias Menzies.
Following Foy and Smith’s pay dispute, producer Suzanne Mackie declared, “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen.” Such was the case when The Crown introduced its new cast for Season 3, including Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip. Ahead of the Season 3 premiere, Menzies revealed that he was paid less than his costar.

 

Beverly Hills 90210 Turns 30 This Month, But Somehow It’ll Never Age
How the saga of rich kids in America’s most storied zip code captivated a generation, and never let go.
was in eighth grade, on the precipice of high school, when ads on the upstart Fox television network alerted me to a new show about teenage twins who move from Minnesota to Beverly Hills. Alone in my bedroom, awash in the glow emanating from the television set as the premiere aired, I became aware that I was in the presence of something illicit and important. Brenda and Brandon Walsh and their cohort weren’t anything like the goofy high schoolers on Saved by the Bell or Degrassi. They were brooding and horny, more adult than most adults I knew. Here was a portal to a realm where teenagers were more glamorous and reckless than my wildest imaginings.

 

How Are Audiences Adapting to the Age of Virtual Theatre?
With so much time away from in-person performance, we are undergoing a worldwide reconstrual of what it means to be a member of the crowd.
A lot of work goes into seeing a show at home. For one thing, it’s impossible to settle on a seat. I’ve watched plays while sitting at the desk where I write, or on the floor next to the desk, or on the couch across the room, or at the kitchen table, or, least proudly, lying in my bed, under the covers. I’m never even close to dressed up; I’m there to see but not be seen.

 

Jeanne Moreau’s Best On-Screen Style Moments
The late French actress Jeanne Moreau was that rarest of things: an original femme fatale who didn’t give a fig about ageing, and continued to perform well into her eighties. “What should I do? Shoot myself? I’ve never worried about age,” she told The New York Times, in an interview given in 1994. “If you’re extremely, painfully frightened of age, it shows. Life doesn’t end at 30. To me age is a number, just a number. Who cares?” When she died in 2017, she left behind a body of work that was full of that same zest for life – as well as some seriously elegant appearances.

 

Instagram turns 10: but is it breaking us or making us more human?
Instagram turns 10 and here I am, 35 years old with a love-hate relationship with the ‘gram. When I first downloaded it, I treated it as a place to keep pretty pictures (yellow leaves on foggy days) and silly pictures (when someone took the trouble to paint the ‘l’ into an ‘n’ onto the sign for Seafront Walk.) I could go for months without looking at it or thinking about it.
A decade later, the sight of that rainbow square, smaller than my thumb print, triggers real feelings. I ‘check’ Instagram, the way I ‘check’ my emails and my bank balance. It leaves me feeling giddy, weary, anxious, euphoric and sick.

 

What I Learned From Loving Mapo Tofu
A decades-long fascination with the much-loved Sichuan dish inspires research — and eventually a little experimentation.
Anyone who says tofu is bland or boring hasn’t eaten mapo tofu, the intoxicatingly spicy, fragrant dish from the Sichuan Province of China. Unlike the gentle Vietnamese tofu dishes I grew up with in Southern California, “mapo,” as some casually refer to it, first captured my attention as a teenager in the early 1980s, when my dad and his buddy — whom we always reverently called Mr. Lee — let me tag along for lunch at a Chinese restaurant. As the adults talked, I ate as much of the tender tofu cubes and piquant meat sauce as I could without seeming piggish.

 

 

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