T LOunge for January 11, 2021

Posted on January 11, 2021

Skybar Bar and Lounge – Berlin, Germany

Let’s all ease calmly and quietly into the week. No loud noises or sudden movements. Real gentle like. Just pick a velvet-covered cushion, smoothly plant your ass on it, and respectfully request the first in many drinks from your waitperson with amazing bone structure.

Ah, fuck it. It’s Monday. Let’s do this shit.

Since every week in 2021 promises to be a stress-filled adventure of one form or another, maintaining the T LOunge as your daily base of operations is more important than ever, darlings. Vent, confess, babble or debate to your heart’s content. Anything to keep you from dealing with the so-called real world for the next few minutes. And if none of that appeals to you, sit quietly with your drink and peruse today’s Menu of Distractions.


This Artist Crafts Victoriana Miniatures Out of Her Own Hair
Hair, unlike other natural materials, does not decay over time, making it a surprisingly resilient fiber that can be braided, woven, and arranged into jewelry, wreaths, and more. For the Victorians, it was a pastime indicative of a comfortable life spent at home; one that displayed craftiness but also kept bourgeois housewives busy. Popular creations included elaborate wreaths that swirled with strands of hair or sailor-like knots of strands. Often signs of mourning, the creations could also be sweet indications of devotion, constructed with hair from spouses, family, and friends.


“Luxury Is That Which You Can Repair”—Why Renewable Fashion’s Time Has Come
The old expression holds that a well-repaired object can be “as good as new.” Today I’d argue that this no longer applies, because in 2021, a well-repaired object isn’t as good as new, it’s better.
The rise of conspicuous non-consumption has been a long time coming. Over the last decade or so, we have witnessed a slow and sometimes painful pivot as fashion at first ignored, then loftily entertained, and finally fell head-over-heels for the concept of “sustainability.”


Indigenous Artist Raven Halfmoon on Interpreting History Through Contemporary Sculpture
Indigenous artist Raven Halfmoon (Caddo Nation) has had a long love affair with ceramics. She was exposed to the craft growing up as a teen in Norman, Oklahoma. “My mom took me to see one of our elders, Jeri Redcorn,” Halfmoon says. “She’s a phenomenal artist and makes traditional pottery. I remember going to her house, and we made these pots that were just so fun to make. That was my first time handling clay.” Halfmoon later went on to study anthropology, ceramics, and painting, but she found herself increasingly drawn to clay, and the material has since become the focus of her work as an artist.


The Comforting Randomness of All Creatures Great and Small
A comforting quaintness courses through All Creatures Great and Small, a series premiering this weekend on PBS. (Presented by Masterpiece, it joins a stable of elaborate British dramas including Sherlock, Wolf Hall, and Downton Abbey.) Adapted from the writings of veterinary surgeon James Herriot, whose books were previously transformed into a 1975 film costarring Anthony Hopkins and a series on the BBC, All Creatures Great and Small draws from Herriot’s excitements and misadventures working in the Yorkshire Dales between the wars. In turns engagingly procedural and thoroughly sweet, it would make for pleasant viewing any year, but with, well, everything going on, the show’s verdant landscapes and uncomplicated ethics feel especially welcome this winter.


Legally Blonde 3: Everything We Know So Far
Reese Witherspoon is starring, and Mindy Kaling is co-writing

“I love the franchise so much,” Mindy Kaling said. “I love Elle Woods as a character. And when Reese asked me if I wanted to write it, I was like, ‘Absolutely!’ I can’t wait to see what people think of the way we’ve written Elle Woods at 40. How Elle Woods is at 40 versus when she was 21 has been really fun to imagine.”
And Kaling also revealed that fans of the original two movies can rest assured that all of the franchise’s classic moments and catchphrases remain intact. “Bend and snap is forever,” Kaling said. “We definitely have a lot of fan favorites from the original.”


Remembering Marguerite Littman, the Woman Who Taught Princess Diana About Philanthropy
A cavalcade of famous friends pay tribute to the powerhouse fundraiser and international social force.

The New York Times, Vogue, Air Mail, the Times of London, and CBS Sunday Morning all covered her extraordinary journey: from obscurity in Louisiana to 1950s Hollywood, 1960s New York, and eventually—from 1965 on—the surveying and orchestrating she did for the inner circle of celebrities, royals, and titans from her stately perch at Chester Square in London. Although I enjoyed these articles (many of which pointed out that she was among Truman Capote’s inspirations for the character of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) I really missed the personal connections the obit writers couldn’t provide. So, I thought I’d ask her many friends—our mutual friends—for words of their own to eulogize this great lady.


An Out-of-Print Dawn Powell Novel Reveals Her Misunderstood Art
Powell is known mainly as a satirist, but the underappreciated novel “A Cage for Lovers,” from 1957, is a window to her greater genius.
The failure to recognize the distinctive merits of “A Cage for Lovers” replicates the peculiar and disturbing fate of Powell’s literary career over all. Born in Mount Gilead, Ohio, in 1896, she moved to New York in 1918 and wrote fifteen novels in her lifetime (plus a handful of plays and a batch of short stories), but they didn’t sell well. Her advances were scant, and her financial difficulties—exacerbated by the cost of care for her son, who was mentally ill, her own medical issues (including an enormous albeit benign thoracic tumor), and the alcoholism of her husband—were harrowing.


Why Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Are Reportedly Quitting Social Media Permanently
On January 8, 2020—the start of the longest year in history—Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they would be moving away from their roles as senior royals. It seems they are not done making significant changes in their lives as they move away from royal life.
A source close to the royals told The Sunday Times that the couple has “no plans” to use social media for their new Achewell Foundation and that they are “very unlikely” to return to their personal accounts.
The source says that the “hate” the couple has received on social media is the main reason behind their decision to reject social media.


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