T LOunge for November 25, 2020

Posted on November 25, 2020

L’Amant Lounge Bar and Brasserie – Zürich, Switzerland


Let’s all jet off to Zurich for the holiday, yes? In an imaginary plane, of course. We’re all hunkering down for Thanksgiving but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of sunnier days, flying off to wherever we want. In fact, we’re tentatively making international travel plans for late next year to celebrate an anniversary so big we can’t quite wrap our heads around the number. Hopefully we won’t have to reschedule or postpone. We suspect 2021/22 is going to be a banner year for the travel industry if things work out.

Anyway, today is WEDNESDAY but also sort of FRIDAY (although we’ll be back on Friday with more content because your lovely and talented hosts never truly get a day off). Who’s cooking today? We’re working on a couple of pies and some cornbread dressing. Tonight we’ll be making ice cream. Sometimes it seems a little silly to go to this kind of effort for the two of us, but then we think that’s falling into the trap of thinking that “families” look like something other than, well… the two of us. We’re worth it, in other words. Even if it means ordering your favorite pizza, we hope you take time to treat yourself this holiday. You’re worth it too.


In a Beautiful New Book, the Complete History of Château Lafite Rothschild—the World’s Most Famous Wine
For more than 150 years, Rothschild-family members have been the stalwart stewards of the Médoc-region vineyards at Château Lafite Rothschild. As the story goes, Baron James de Rothschild—son of German Rothschild scion Mayer Amschel—purchased the vineyard in 1868, after being dispatched by his father from Frankfurt to Paris decades earlier. (Mayer Amschel placed all of his five sons in European cities to buttress the family’s banking empire.) By then, Château Lafite had already earned its reputation—appreciated by stately oenophiles like Thomas Jefferson and anointed the King’s Wine, owing to the Ancien Régime’s predilection.


R&B and Pop Stars Are Taking Ownership of Their Images Like Never Before
Why even a well-done Whitney Houston licensing deal with skate label Palace feels like a relic.

The relationship between music and fashion has always been powerful. What would punk be without Vivienne Westwood’s SEX shop and safety pins, or current-scene techno without Nike Tuned? Visual identity is part of the artistic statement: Looks embody not just moments but attitude, essence, and underlying culture. In turn, what would the runway be without the voices of pop, rap, and R&B? In turn, the stars of pop, rap, and R&B have long influenced designers and ready-to-wear. From Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring/summer 2013 ’80s pop star collection, which reinterpreted the original looks of Blonde Ambition and Nightclubbing for the 2010s, to Marc Jacobs’s infamous 1993 Perry Ellis grunge collection starring Sonic Youth and, well, just about everything Hedi Slimane has ever made, prominent designers have referenced pop and other music stars and their likenesses time and time again.


Modern Austen Will Reimagine Jane Austen’s Novels in Contemporary Settings
The first season will set Pride and Prejudice in present-day San Francisco.

The anthology series will feature a different Austen novel for each season. It was recently announced that the show will start with Pride and Prejudice, which is perhaps the author’s most famous work. The novel chronicles the social misadventures of the Bennet family, in particular those of Elizabeth, one of five daughters pressured to marry well in order to preserve the family’s reputation and wealth. This time, however, the drama will unfold in modern day San Francisco.


Princess Diana’s Real-Life “Uptown Girl” Dance Partner Opens Up: “We Brought the House Down”
“I was shaking in the wings. What if she doesn’t like it? What if I dropped the future Queen of England?”

“She said, ‘I’d like to dance a duet with you,'” Sleep said of the Princess’s proposition. “I thought she must be crazy! It could be taken the wrong way, or she could get a much taller and more handsome boy from the ballet. But she was insistent and said, ‘No, I want to do it with you, I want to be your uptown girl.’ I was like, ‘You already are my uptown girl, darling, and you know it!’ She told me she got a recording of Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” and she wanted it to be a surprise to her hubby for Christmas. She didn’t want him to know about it.”


Princess Diana apparently did make a Phantom of the Opera recording
‘All I Ask’ was one of her favourite songs

“For this, the seven-year itch anniversary, she presented Prince Charles with a video of her current favourite musical, “The Phantom of the Opera,” and in it she sings for him a song from the show, “All I Ask of You.” And she did this simply by renting the show’s set at the theatre in London’s West End where it is playing and having her movements directed by the show’s choreographer, Gillian Lynne. Diana didn’t settle for second best. The show’s composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, was there to oversee her performance.”


Toilet paper is disappearing from shelves — again
Suppliers like Charmin say that customers are still buying toilet paper at record levels.

Customers are still buying toilet paper at record levels, according to a Charmin representative. TP has developed a reputation as a must-have pandemic product; not only is it a basic necessity, it’s relatively cheap to buy in bulk and will certainly be used at a later date. Americans, who make up about 4 percent of the global population, also use more toilet paper than citizens of other countries, accounting for 20 percent of global TP consumption.


The 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (So Far)
Chameleons or beauties, star turns or character roles — these are the performers who have outshone all others on the big screen in the last 20 years.

We are in a golden age of acting — make that platinum — as we realized when we decided to select our favorite film performers of the past 20 years. There’s no formula for choosing the best (just squabbling), and this list is both necessarily subjective and possibly scandalous in its omissions. Some of these performers are new to the scene; others have been around for decades. In making our choices, we have focused on this century and looked beyond Hollywood. And while there are certainly stars in the mix and even a smattering of Oscar winners, there are also character actors and chameleons, action heroes and art-house darlings. They’re 25 reasons we still love movies, maybe more than ever.


Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Shares Her Miscarriage Grief
She wrote that she held “an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.”

Experts who help grieving parents immediately praised her decision to share her story, saying it would help break a persistent cultural taboo over talking about miscarriages and baby loss. “In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage,” Meghan wrote. “Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning.”


How the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Will Be Different in 2020 on NBC
“Every year we have two parades: There’s the one for New Yorkers who line the parade along the streets, and we knew that couldn’t happen, we couldn’t march from uptown to downtown,” Tercero said. “The other parade is the one that happens on television for 50 million people. We knew that was going to be our safest way of moving forward.”


In defence of the Duchess of Sussex: why it’s vital we discuss our darkest moments
Meghan’s public outpouring of grief is not ‘inappropriate’, it’s a sign of strength

Men particularly are conditioned not to show anything that can be perceived as ‘weakness’, even though doing so demonstrates quite the opposite – it requires courage. We cannot forever repress our emotions and pain without them manifesting themselves in other ways, whether physically through anxiety attacks or emotionally, through lashing out at others or angry outbursts. When we press our hurt down like a spring, eventually it will ping back with more ferociousness, intensity and power than was there to begin with.




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