T LOunge for November 30, 2020

Posted on November 30, 2020

Bavette’s Bar and Restaurant – Las Vegas, USA


Kittens, we’re back! Full of pie and side dishes, sated and sleepy still. Even with this year’s fuckery tainting the proceedings and making them weird, the Monday after Thanksgiving is still one of the hardest return-to-work days of the year, so let’s honor that by not doing too much work. Instead, let’s spend the day somewhere dark and cozy, nursing our drinks and possibly even our grudges. How was your holiday? Or did you skip it completely, which is a perfectly acceptable option in any year, but a downright savvy choice to make this year? We did it up, small-scale. Lorenzo’s a vegetarian, but we had all the traditional sides plus two pies and some homemade ice cream, so it felt like the real deal, even if it was exceedingly strange to be doing it alone, away from family. Kinda makes us question what we’re going to do for Christmas. We’ll decorate the place (we’re actually almost done on that front) and give gifts to each other, but we’re wondering if downplaying it may be smarter for us than going whole-hog this year. Leaning into the Thanksgiving prep was a good way to spend the week, but we won’t lie: there was a bit of an emotional crash immediately following, because the end result was so small and odd. We think this year might be better for us to manage our holiday expectations and reject any stress-inducing attempts to make it perfect – or even to make it normal.

Ah, well. Monday morning musings, darlings. Pay no attention to us. What are your plans?


In National Anthem, Photographer Luke Gilford Captures the Radical Inclusivity of the Queer Rodeo
Before the Denver-born Gilford became a sought after photographer and filmmaker—he’s shot shorts for Prada and Valentino, as well as portraits of celebrities like Jane Fonda, Pamela Anderson, and Lizzo—as a toddler, he spent a lot of time at rodeos. Gilford’s father was a rodeo champion in Colorado, and the Western pomp and pageantry quickly became a familiar setting.


Slip Dressing From the 1930s, 1990s, and Today
Vogue proclaimed “the coming of the narrow, straight ‘slip’ silhouette” in 1934. The time of the restless flapper girl had passed, as had post-war anxiety and prohibition. The Charleston was out; Cole Porter was in. And Ginger Rogers glided across the screen with the same ease as satin slipping over the body.
When slips were revived in the post-modern 1990s, they were representative of several different trends, among them innerwear as outerwear (think: Madonna), vintage and thrift (Courtney Love), the revival of Old Hollywood glamour (Ginger, of course, and other screen goddesses like Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow); and minimalism.


Why Illustrate a Cookbook?
Illustrations in an Italian Renaissance cookbook provide voyeuristic insights into the behind-the-scenes workings of a papal kitchen

A trip to the culinary section of any bookstore or a quick Google search for a recipe confirms that pictures are an essential part of communicating how to source and prepare food. But how and when did this phenomenon become widespread?
In the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, culinary recipes circulated in both manuscript and print forms, but the inclusion of pictures was the exception, not the rule. In cooking, as in many other artisanal realms, practical experience was the teacher rather than texts or images. But with the advent of printed books, artisans began to record their knowledge, and savvy publishers made it available to the public.


To Hold Nature in the Hand: Revealing the Wonders of the Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta
A close look at the flowers, fruits, seedpods, insects, and other small creatures in this 16th-century book

This manuscript contains a collection of models for elaborate and decorative script, written during the 1560s by calligrapher Georg Bocskay. Thirty years later artist Joris Hoefnagel filled the available blank spaces with exquisitely-painted naturalistic depictions of flowers, fruits, seedpods, insects, caterpillars, mollusks, lizards, frogs, mice, and other small creatures. The detail is so fine, his brushstrokes are nearly invisible to the naked eye.


The Queen Just Pulled a Ryan Reynolds and Launched Her Own Gin
If you’re a fan of the royal family and alcohol then today is your lucky day. Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham estate (the country home in Norfolk where the entire royal family usually gathers for Christmas—at least when the world isn’t in the midst of a global pandemic, that is) just launched its own gin. Not only is the brand from the Queen’s country estate, it’s actually made with ingredients from her actual garden.


A Look Back at Princess Diana’s Famous 1989 New York Trip
The visit plays a role in The Crown‘s fourth season.

In February 1989, Princess Diana made her first official trip overseas without Prince Charles. During her three-day trip to New York City, the then-27 year old Princess attended cocktail parties and black-tie events, spoke with New Yorkers in need, and wore some iconic outfits. The Crown recreates the visit for the show’s fourth season, but here take a look back at her real-life trip in photos.


British Culture Minister Calls for Fiction Label on Netflix’ ‘The Crown’
“I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact,” said said culture secretary Oliver Dowden.
The U.K. culture secretary Oliver Dowden has waded into a growing debate surrounding season four of Netflix’s hit royal drama The Crown.
Speaking to British tabloid The Mail on Sunday, the politician joined a growing chorus — emanating especially loudly from various elements of the British press — calling on the show’s producers to add a “health warning” making it clear that the show is based on fiction.


My Childhood Christmas Cookies Are the Best You’ll Ever Bake
Brown butter, sweet jam, and a hint of cardamom make these Bavarian Spitzbuben unforgettable.
It is the cookie that all the women in my family have baked for generations, and I baked those cheeky boys with my mother and sister every year, always using the same recipe and same raspberry jam. But they especially sparked joy that perilous first Australian Christmas Eve, a particular treat after our dinner fondue, which made both our insides and outsides sweat.


A Cultural History of Crocs
Crocs may be simultaneously the most loved and most hated shoe of all time. But over the course of this summer, and even into the past few months, it seems that everyone has tried them on for size—from Gen Zers on TikTok to high fashion fans doing customizations, and even big-name celebrities like Bad Bunny, who collaborated with Crocs on a foamy white pair bedecked in stars. Justin Bieber and Post Malone have their own specially designed Crocs as well. What began as a boating shoe meeting a gardening clog meeting a sandal has fully taken over as a cultural touchstone—and eclipsed fashion’s forever comfort shoe, the classic Birkenstock, in the process.


Toxic Positivity: Have You Been Spreading It?
By refusing to allow others to experience or express feelings of sadness, frustration and fear, you actively invalidate them – all but ensuring their problems will persist. As therapist Tasha Bailey puts it: “Toxic positivity is an unhelpful coping technique because the more we mask our feelings, the worse and more fatigued we will eventually feel.”


The Mandalorian: Rosario Dawson Tells All About Ahsoka Tano
The actress and writer-director Dave Filoni discuss bringing the animated hero to live-action, Baby Yoda’s name, and real-life controversies and influences.
Star Wars fans have all seen the photo of George Lucas on the set of The Mandalorian, cradling Baby Yoda like a proud grandfather, but there is something about that slightly blurry snapshot that they don’t know. Just out of frame stood another beloved galactic figure who until then had only existed in animation—Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano. Her casting was long rumored online, but no one else got to see her as the Force-wielder with the blue and white headtails and twin lightsabers until last Friday’s new episode of the Disney\\+ series. That chapter—“The Jedi”—not only unveiled the live-action, grown-up version of the The Clone Wars and Rebels character, but also dropped game-changing new information about Baby Yoda’s past and hinted at another fan-favorite Star Wars figure who may appear in the future.



The death of the department store and the American middle class
The collapse of America’s middle class crushed department stores. Amazon and the pandemic are the final blows.

For the American middle class of the 20th century, department stores helped shape what successfully living the American dream looked like. These stores were often an entry point into fashion and home furnishing trends once reserved for only the wealthiest, since they offered large selections of name brands at affordable prices all under one roof — first in big cities, and then following population exoduses out to the suburbs. And as the main attractions for malls in the suburban US, they played a foundational role in the idea of shopping as a social activity in the second half of the 20th century.


Outdoor Winter Wedding Hacks
From heating lamps to snow machines, here are some must-have items and creative ideas for couples braving the colder weather.

“Usually when temperatures drop, couples hold their wedding indoors, away from the cold. But with social-distancing requirements and restrictions on gatherings amid the coronavirus, more weddings will be taking place outdoors this winter.” “That’s not necessarily a bad thing, so long as marrying couples embrace the elements. If you’re planning an outdoor winter wedding, here are some must-have items and creative ideas from professional wedding planners.”


Amanda Seyfried Finally Stakes Her Claim
The “Mean Girls” and “Mamma Mia!” actress knows her performance as Marion Davies in“Mank” will be a turning point in her career. But first, she had to put some distance between herself and Hollywood.
“If you don’t have boundaries, then you’re screwed in this industry,” she said. Her tendency to burn brightly and her lifelong eagerness to please has sometimes made her an easy mark, she knows now. “If you don’t have boundaries, then you’re screwed in this industry,” she said. “That is a scary place for a young person, somebody who doesn’t have a backbone — which was me. And I paid for it.”




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