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It’s a hunker-in-your-bunker sort of day round these parts, so we’ve helpfully provided you with a moody, sun-free space for you to get your drank on or just to get yourself good and distracted.
Today is TUESDAY. The second-most cursed day of the week.
In unrelated and mostly uninteresting news, both our new 9-foot Christmas tree and our weight bench and rack arrived. We are overflowing with boxes, which is making the kitties very happy. The new weight bench setup in our bedroom works, but it’s tight. We’ll be spending the winter figuring out ways to get the full gym experience at home. As for the tree, it’s ridiculously huge, but that’s what Lorenzo insisted on. Our plan is to put it up within the next few weeks (which is crazy early for us, but: 2020), take a few days to get the lights strung (there are over 700), and then do a sort of Advent Calendar style of decorating: open up one box of ornaments a day and hang them every day until all 1200 ornaments are in place. This way, we get to keep the tree up for a good while without getting tired of looking at it. We (mostly Tom, since he’s largely in charge of these things) are the types who get sick of looking at it by January 2nd, so we’re trying to extend our tree period in a way that makes sense to us. We’re doing this because there are no real holiday plans for us this year and for the first time in our lives, we won’t be spending them with any family or friends. It’s a year for making new traditions, right?
Anyway, that’s what’s going on in our little world. What’s happening in yours?
With Her First New York Solo Show in a Decade, Shahzia Sikander Shows a New Side
“The nature of the art world,” observes the Manhattan-based Pakistani American artist Shahzia Sikander, “is that if you don’t show up every two years in New York City, it’s like, ‘Where did you go?’” Sikander, 51, a MacArthur fellow and among Pakistan’s best-known contemporary artists, has spent the past several years installing ambitious public art projects and screening animated films based on her intricate neo-miniature paintings. But despite living on the Upper East Side with her 10-year-old son, she hasn’t exhibited at a New York gallery in nearly a decade, a testament to her laborious painting process—“there never would be enough work to sell,” she maintains—and a disinterest in pandering to her market.
Prince Philip’s Life in Pictures
Take a look back at the iconic moments in his extraordinary life.
For 70 years, Prince Philip has been by the Queen’s side, living in the spotlight of the British monarchy. Here, we chronicle the Duke of Edinburgh’s extraordinary life of public service.
Queen Elizabeth’s Life in Pictures
A look back at an extraordinary royal existence.
Officially the longest-reigning monarch in British history, we’ve all been charting Queen Elizabeth II’s life both in real time and through the Netflix drama, The Crown. As we wait for season four’s premiere on November 15, we thought this would be the perfect time to look back at the Queen of England’s extraordinary life in the spotlight. Over the years, she’s become known for her colorful wardrobe, her pet corgis, and her profound sense of duty, standing as a symbol of both British tradition and modern ideals. Keep scrolling for some of the monarch’s most iconic photographs.
The Undying Voice of Diane di Prima
In my twenties, I joined a small group of Bay Area artists for a lunch celebrating the birthday of the legendary Beat poet Michael McClure, who passed earlier this year. I grew up in California, the daughter of two artists, in the presence of the McClures of the world: men who had helped reshape American culture, like the poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Jack Hirschman, or artists, actors, and musicians like Ed Ruscha, George Herms, Dennis Hopper, and Neil Young. Many of these men would be at McClure’s party, but there was one person I was especially nervous and excited to meet: a woman named Diane di Prima. Di Prima, who died on October 25th, at the age of eighty-six, was a revolutionary feminist poet who was on the front lines of the shifts in art and culture that took place in the fifties, sixties, and seventies. She fought for queer rights, trans rights, and women’s rights long before clothing lines and hashtags began to flood political movements.
Sophia Loren’s Most Stylish Moments – Both On And Off Screen
At this point, it’s practically redundant to call Sophia Loren a bombshell. From the moment she landed a five-movie contract with Paramount in 1958, the eventual Oscar-winner became synonymous with Italian glamour, whether she was dominating the red carpet as a 21-year-old at Cannes or playing a lingerie-draped siren opposite leading men such as Cary Grant and Marlon Brando.
A Beginners Guide To Seasonal Eating That Doesn’t Cost The Earth
Mankind has been eating seasonally since the dawn of time. Not only is it a cost-effective way of adding more nutrients to your diet, but it’s also tastier, cleaner, and better for the environment.
Clean eating, keto, juicing, plant-based, zone. When it comes to healthy eating and food, there seems to be a new trend surfacing every minute, but are any of them actually that good for us? Instead of looking forward, then, perhaps we should be looking back to one of the oldest methods in the book: seasonal eating — something that humanity has been practicing since the dawn of time, only then it was simply called ‘eating’.
The Crown’s Tobias Menzies on Playing the Prickly Prince Philip
The actor opens up about his final season of The Crown, Prince Philip’s intriguing relationship with Princess Diana, and the royal’s impressive “bullshit-o-meter.”
Even though Philip receives less screen time this season, Menzies—who proved his extraordinary acting range on Outlander, playing both the kind, academic Frank and Frank’s evil 17th-century counterpart Black Jack Randall — packs each scene with emotional frisson, capturing Philip’s many contradictions. The real Philip may not be many people’s favorite royal family member, not that he would care — his off-color jokes and bluster can be off-putting—but Menzies’s captivating portrait of Philip will be missed when Jonathan Pryce succeeds him in the role next season.
29 Questions to Ask If You Really Want to Get to Know Someone
Time to take some notes, bb.
One of the best parts about dating someone new is learning all the small tiny things that make them them. And maybe it’s a me-thing, but there’s nothing hotter than picking someone’s brain and discussing all sorts of introspective topics—regardless of whether it’s a first date or the sixth.
But raise your hand if you’re totally onboard with the deep convo vibes, just not sure where to start? Because, hi, yup, same. Luckily we’ve assembled a team of dating and relationship experts to give you a hand on what questions you should ask to fully get to know someone you’re romantically interested.
From Iraq, an Intimate Glimpse of the Religious Holiday of Arbaeen
Every year, millions of pilgrims descend on the central Iraqi city of Karbala to commemorate the Shiite holiday of Arbaeen, one of the largest organized gatherings in the world.
‘Mother of feminism’ Mary Wollstonecraft finally immortalised with statue
The silvered bronze sculpture was created by Maggi Hambling
‘Mother of feminism’ Mary Wollstonecraft has finally been honoured with a statue, over 200 years after her death. The British writer, educator and philosopher is best known for her radical text, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, which established the principles of female emancipation.
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