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Color and whimsy and fantasy – THAT’S what all you kittens need today, according to a panel of experts, i.e., us. We know you’re stressed. We know you want definitive answers. But we also know distraction, frivolities and self-care are just as important. Let’s keep today’s LOunge as an oasis and respite from all the goings-on outside. Tell everyone what you’re doing to stay distracted. Chat about your holiday plans or your hope to go on vacation some time in the next year. Talk about baking or sewing or knitting or your pets or your kids or your home improvement projects. Talk about your job or your spouse or your parents. And by all means, sample freely from today’s Smorgasbord of Distractions. As always, we’re here for you, darlings.
Oh. Today is WEDNESDAY. But you knew that already, we’re sure.
How to Be Rich on TV: The Undoing and What Money Looks Like on Screen
Creating a fictional world for the one percent isn’t as easy as it seems.
It’s no surprise that The Undoing, the new series now airing on HBO, has been compared to Big Little Lies. After all, the programs share a network as well as major talent on and off the screen; David E. Kelley is a writer and creator for both shows, and Nicole Kidman lends her acting chops to each. Then there are the stories; both are about murders that rock tight-knit, rich communities and reveal fault lines beneath their polished surfaces. Of course, anyone who watches both series will see that more makes them different than similar, however a comparison does reveal something worth noting: the distinct depiction of wealth that TV uses to separate not only the haves from the have-nots, but the haves from the have-mores.
Nearly Three Decades Later, Sally Potter’s Orlando Is More Topical Than Ever
There are many reasons to watch, or resee, Sally Potter’s award-winning film, Orlando, starring Tilda Swinton and adapted from the novel of the same name by Virginia Woolf. The most topical is that the book’s author is a sort of hovering spirit guide to “About Time,” the new exhibition at the Met’s Costume Institute. Quotes from Woolf’s many novels are sprinkled throughout the catalog, and specific passages from Orlando are narrated within the museum galleries by the actresses who starred in The Hours, a 2002 film that builds on Woolf’s 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway.
Sarah McBride Is First Trans State Senator in U.S. History
She won her state senate race in Delaware.
After winning the Delaware State Senate race, Sarah McBride has become the first transgender state senator in United States history. McBride’s reaction, which she posted to Twitter, was straightforward and succinct, one of the only certain beacons of good news so far on Election Night. McBride’s policies include making health care more affordable, instituting universal paid family and medical leave, championing universal pre-K, and a focus on criminal justice reform.
The Squad Is Here to Stay
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib have all won their re-election races.
The Squad members aren’t the only members of Congress who have won on progressive platforms this year — come January, they’ll be joined by two more progressive candidates of color who both displaced incumbent Democrats. Last month, Jamaal Bowman, a Black middle-school principal, defeated 16-term representative Eliot Engel in New York’s 16th district, and last week, Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush bested ten-term Democrat William Lacy Clay in Missouri’s first district, which includes St. Louis and Ferguson.
The Culture Lover’s November Guide
Here’s how you can get your streaming and socially distanced culture fix this month.
Holiday fever has officially begun, and while this year’s festivities might look much different than usual, there’s still plenty to do and see this month to get into the seasonal spirit. In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, tune in to The Museum at FIT’s livestream conversation between Indigenous designer Korina Emmerich and artist Jeffrey Gibson. And don’t miss Bloomingdale’s virtual holiday benefit featuring singer-songwriter Andra Day and dancers from the American Ballet Theatre. With star-studded Broadway livestream performances, a symphonic debut, a virtual ballet gala, and art exhibitions aplenty all additionally on the roster, there’s much to be grateful for this November.
How Lesley Manville Is Preparing to Play Princess Margaret on The Crown”
The Oscar-nominated British actor also told Vanity Fair about going full-blown Americana opposite Kevin Costner in the forthcoming Let Him Go.
“I am reading all the books,” Manville exclaimed, saying that she’s currently immersed in **Craig Brown**’s *Ma’am Darling*. “That’s looking at her life from such a different, witty angle, so [that’s a] great read. I’m now rewatching *The Crown* because, ultimately, yes I’ll read the books, yes I’ll listen to Margaret talking, yes I’ll look at endless footage of her. But at the end of the day, I have to look at what Vanessa did, look at what Helena has done, and pick up the baton of those two great actresses and carry on being that Margaret.”
10 ways to read the news without feeling anxious
How to consume the current alarming news in the healthiest way possible, according to the experts
Recent news events have made it difficult to stay informed without feeling anxious and panicked. So how do we consume the current news healthily? Is there a way of keeping up to date without it taking its toll on your mental health?
We spoke to three experts to find out how – here’s what they had to suggest.
I’m a Chess Expert. Here’s What ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Gets Right
The Netflix show about a female chess prodigy in the 1950s and ’60s is one of the best screen adaptations of the game yet. But there are a few wrong moves.
In the Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit,” the character Benny Watts walks up to Beth Harmon, the show’s heroine, at the start of the 1967 United States Chess Championship. The location is a small auditorium on the campus of Ohio University. Uttering an expletive, Benny gestures around the hall and complains about the conditions, noting that the best players in the country are competing, and yet the venue is second rate, the chess boards and pieces are cheap plastic, and the few spectators seem bored at best. As a chess master who grew up in the era just after the one in which the series takes place, and who wrote the chess column for The New York Times for eight years, I can attest to the scene’s almost painful authenticity. Many tournaments of that era were played in odd and sometimes dingy locations. Even the U.S. championship was not immune; the 1964-65 competition was not even held.
The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II
Three artists, a curator and a writer came together to discuss the pieces that have not only best reflected the era, but have made an impact.
On a recent afternoon, the artists Dread Scott, Catherine Opie and Shirin Neshat, as well as T contributor Nikil Saval and Whitney Museum of American Art assistant curator Rujeko Hockley, joined me on Zoom for a conversation about protest art. I had asked each to nominate five to seven works of what they considered the most powerful or influential American protest art (that is, by an American artist or by an artist who has lived or exhibited their work in America) made anytime after World War II. We focused specifically on visual art — not songs or books — and the hope was that together, we would assemble a list of the top 25. But the question of what, precisely, constitutes protest art is a thorny one — and we kept tripping over it. Is it a slogan? A poster? Does it matter if it was in a museum, in a newspaper or out on the street? Does impact matter? Did it change what you think or believe? Must it endure? What does that mean? And what is the difference, anyway, between protest art and art that is merely political?
The Many Lives of Lentils
In stew, in pasta or in a bright, vegetarian loaf, there’s much to be done with this trusty legume, David Tanis writes.
At my house, dinner is not a three-course meal every night. More likely, it’s a main course and a green salad. Sometimes, it is a one-pot main course, though not always. (I find that even when cooking a simple meal, at least two pots and pans are often involved.) And, quite frequently, dinner is meatless. While I consider myself a carnivore, my first love will always be vegetables. I’m quite happy to have a vegetarian meal several times a week. In addition to fresh vegetables, whole grains and dried legumes are usually part of the picture. I’m a big fan of every type of bean, whether cannellini or garbanzo, with a cupboard full of them to choose from. Lately, it is lentils that most strike my fancy. Aside from being delicious, they have the advantage of being quick-cooking. It usually takes no more than 30 minutes to simmer a pot, so they are perfect for a relatively fast meal. For most uses, any kind will work, but even among lentils, there are lots of types to choose from.
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