T LOunge for November 20, 2020

Posted on November 20, 2020

Arsenali Bar and Lounge – Crete, Greece


We all MADE IT, darlings! It’s the end of another work week and look at us! Still here! Still breathing! Cause for celebration, we say. Pick a spot and call that patch of sky your own today.

We are fighting off a little bit o’ flu and feeling kind of icky this morn. The likelihood of it being anything more serious than that is extremely slim, so we’re not particularly worried; just a little bummed we might wind up getting behind on our reviews of The Crown, which we were determined to wrap up in one week this year. If you’ve listened to our podcast at all this year (which, again, we may not be getting to today because of the aforementioned icky feelings), you might have heard us explain why we’ve been incredibly strict about our social distancing. We’ve essentially been on the same level of lockdown and self-quarantine since March because even a relatively mild flu will put a notable dent in our content output, which means if we both got Covid, we could potentially lose a significant amount of revenue. It honestly sucks to get sick when you haven’t even seen anyone in months, but this morning affirmed to us both that our intent to stay inside until this is all well and truly done is a good one that makes sense for us. There’s no backup Tom & Lorenzo to take over our business for us. It’s just us, which means we have to be more careful about this sort of thing than some.

Anyway! This is just kind of a long, self-pitying way of saying that content may be a weensie bit light today, but we’ll still work to keep you entertained and distracted. If we don’t finish the review of the next two episodes of The Crown by this afternoon, come back tomorrow.


Family Values: An Ode to Aunties and Their Inimitable Sense of Style
I was never exactly sure how to define my relationship to those women in my mom’s life. My mom’s sisters were naturally my aunts, beloved by my brothers and me. But her friends were also a constant part of the background—in our home, at gatherings at the houses of my parents’ friends, and at important moments like birthdays and graduations—and though they weren’t relatives, my mom instructed me to refer to all of them as “Auntie” anyway.


It Takes the Equivalent of 35 Bottles of Plastic Waste to Make One Tom Ford Ocean Plastic Watch
The statistics are truly alarming. Nearly 9 million tons of plastic enter the oceans each year, the equivalent of dumping a garbage truck full of the stuff into the seas every minute. By 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. “It’s one of the greatest issues facing us: polluting the oceans,” says Tom Ford. “If they die we’re in big trouble.” So the designer is taking action. Today, he’s releasing a new watch made from 100% ocean plastic, and he’s also announcing the Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize.


The Story Behind Beth Harmon’s Red Hair in The Queen’s Gambit, According to the Show’s Hair and Makeup Artist
“The makeup and hair had to tell that story. They have to age her; to show her becoming more mature; her becoming an alcoholic drug addict. It’s the makeup and hair that you see in all the close ups. If that’s wrong, if it doesn’t move forward correctly, then it won’t work. The costume is just as important. It’s a whole process, especially as the series spans so much time.”


In The Crown, Josh O’Connor Is Reminding Us That Prince Charles Was Once Hot
For those of you who think that Josh O’Connor is too good-looking to play Prince Charles in The Crown, take a few minutes and type the words young Prince Charles into Google search. Yes, the 72-year-old prince—that sometimes clueless, often maligned, squirrel-adopting, plant-befriending, purported ironed-shoelace-wearing perennial king-in-waiting—was once a hottie.


Where Are All the Modern-Day Big-Budget Lesbian Films?
Ammonite is yet another entry in a long list of prestige period pieces about lesbian romances. But why can’t queer women also get a contemporary blockbuster?

Only in recent years have lesbian-centric stories and series—Portrait of A Lady on Fire, Carol, The Favourite, Ratched, The Haunting of Bly Manor—earned popular and critical acclaim. With one major common denominator: they’re all set in the past. Another similarity? Most of these titles were written, directed, or produced by men. So few films, movies, and television shows accurately (or at least semi-accurately) capture lesbian life, that I, along with many folks online, began wondering what the deep fascination is with historic lesbians, real or fictional. And why, in 2020, are lesbian happy endings nearly unheard of in Hollywood?


How ‘Dune: The Graphic Novel’ Gives the Classic New Life
Writers Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert talk about adapting Frank Herbert’s 1965 book, accompanying a preview from the graphic novel itself.

Ahead of next year’s big screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic Dune, the 1965 novel is being brought to visual life in a different medium, with Abrams’ Dune: The Graphic Novel Book 1 — the first of three graphic novels adapting the original prose book.
Boasting eye-popping art from Raúl Allén and Patricia Martin (Secret Weapons, Wonder Woman), Dune: The Graphic Novel is a scene-by-scene adaptation of the beloved novel from two writers who are already very familiar with the worlds of Arrakis and beyond: Brian Herbert, Frank’s son, and Kevin J. Anderson.


A French Answer to American Apple Pie
The first tarte aux pommes that I came upon in Lyon, and on only our third day in the city, was inside the doorway of a bouchon and was so large that, having just been removed from the oven, it was put on its own dining table to cool. A typical French tart consists of three concentric circles of fruit slices. The showcase tart, by virtue of its exceptional diameter (it put me in mind of a giant pizza for a tailgate party), had seven, and each ring of fruit was so exactingly carved and symmetrically placed that the cook could have used a ruler. It looked like, what, an expression of infinity? It was an over-the-top aesthetic act and an early lesson in French pastry—make it beautiful and you will make it scrumptious, because the eater’s sense of anticipation will insure that it is. I badly wanted to eat some. I also wanted to learn how to make one.


The Queen Marks Her 73rd Wedding Anniversary Wearing Her Honeymoon Brooch
Their love story is at the heart of the sweeping family saga currently gripping the nation on The Crown season four, and this week marks another milestone in Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s real-life romance. The royal couple, who married at Westminster Abbey in 1947, celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary on 20 November.


These IRL Photos Of Camilla Parker Bowles As A Young Woman Prove She’s Always Been Royal AF
The actor they chose to play her on The Crown is so spot on.

The fourth season of The Crown really dives into Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’ tumultuous relationship. Season 3 showed how the eventual couple met, the fact that they were dating while Camilla was on a break from her future first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, and how Princess Anne was actually dating Andrew for a quick sec while Camilla and Charles were together. And season 4 captures how that relationship didn’t change all that much after Charles and Princess Diana got married.
We know how their relationship went down IRL, But you might still be wondering what Camilla was like at that age. Do the show and the actress who plays her, Emerald Fennell, do her justice? Here are the very few pictures we can find of Camilla Shand as a young woman.


From childhood famine to bad relationships: the truth about Audrey Hepburn
The director of a documentary about the icon’s life opens up about her troubled, traumatic past

Audrey Hepburn is one of those rare people who is as famous as she is universally adored. To dislike her is to dislike baby animals, free food or finishing work on a Friday. But for all the canvas prints bearing her image on café walls and in student rooms, very few people know about the woman behind the peerlessly elegant wardrobe and famed films.
British film director Helena Coan and the producers behind critically acclaimed documentary McQueen have sought to delve deeper to find out more about Hepburn, who was blighted by tragedy and personal problems throughout her life. In Audrey, we meet a complicated, insecure and troubled woman who, ironically for someone so popular, struggled to find love.


Taylor Swift’s Masters: What Shamrock Gets for $300 Million, Why It Matters, and What’s Next
What the fund? The rights to the first six albums by Taylor Swift, arguably the most commercially popular artist in the world, recently were sold to a private equity firm for a whopping $300 million. Was it a fair price?
Experts have mixed opinions. While the value and probable longevity of Taylor Swift’s music is indisputable, the artist’s vow to stymie the value of those releases has industry observers divided over whether Shamrock Capital overspent when it recently plunked down $300 million, according to sources, for the rights to those recordings.


A Wave of COVID Patients Who Don’t Believe It’s Real
A Texas nurse had a patient in a COVID ICU tell her the virus is “fake news.” A California nurse was mocked for wearing a mask. As a new wave of COVID-19 sweeps the country, health care workers are grappling with the consequences of the president’s misinformation machine. “This is insane,” says one. “I have never seen anything like it.”


Anthony Hopkins Makes It Look Simple. (And Maybe It Should Be.)
In the dementia drama “The Father,” the 82-year-old actor turns in a career-capping performance and yet claims, “No acting required.”

“As Hopkins turned 38, he embraced sobriety. His manner became lighter, and his work became easier. Even his indelibly terrifying performance as Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) was an “easy one,” Hopkins said: Rewatch the movie, and you’re likely to notice how much Hopkins is having a ball. “You have to play these things with humor,” he said. “The Silence of the Lambs” brought Hopkins the A-list stardom he had long craved (as well as the best-actor Oscar).”


Zillow Surfing Is the Escape We All Need Right Now
Scrolling through real estate listings in far-flung destinations is a way to visualize an alternate life, whether you’re trying to move or not.

Millions of people have spent far more time at home than they expected to this year. It’s made many of them daydream about what it might be like to live somewhere else, often while scrolling through listings on Zillow. “I go into neighborhoods that obviously I can’t afford as a college student and look at my ideal house and fantasize about when this is all over,” said Crystal Silva, 20, who lives in North Carolina. She spends hours at a time surfing the app, touring homes she’ll never buy.


When Only Homegrown Sweet Potatoes Will Do
For many Southerners, a holiday meal isn’t complete without sweet potatoes direct from the grower.

Sweet potatoes are the humble man’s currency. They don’t need a thing to dazzle, their slightly crumpled skins pull away easily, revealing tender flesh, hot out of the roasting pan. “Nothing is more nostalgic than the caramelized smell when sweet potatoes are bubbling out,” said April McGreger, the author of the cookbook “Sweet Potatoes,” published in 2014. For generations of Southerners, white and Black, who grew up in rural towns and then moved to metropolitan areas in the United States, the month of November means securing sweet potatoes, preferably shimmering in dirt, for holiday meals.




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