T LOunge for February 19, 2021

Posted on February 19, 2021

El Farallon Bar and Restaurant – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

 

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

Sorry to get all Jabberwocky on your asses, kittens, but in case the news has eluded you, today is FUCKING FRIDAY! Grab a chair, wave down one of our gorgeous waitpersons, and order to your heart’s delight, because we MADE IT. And that deserves a little celebration, no?

The funny thing about these “We made it to Friday” pep talks is that we always write them knowing that we’re faced with the busiest day of our week. We’ve got your leftovers, we’ve got your podcast, We’ve got your Drag Race UK recap, we’ve got whatever other little bits of distraction we can round up, and we very stupidly scheduled an interview for late today, which means we can’t sit here chatting with you guys all day! Talk amongst yourselves, dolls! Ciao!

 

In a New Biography, Simon Doonan Pays Tribute to the Pioneering Spirit of Keith Haring
For Doonan, the excitement in retelling Haring’s story lies less in the frisson of his interactions with the artist and more in highlighting the aspects of his practice that were, in hindsight, astonishingly ahead of their time. Haring’s radically democratic understanding of what art could be—realized through projects like the Pop Shop and the subway graffiti pieces he delighted in seeing members of the public snatch away before the police got to them—may be well-known now, but in his ’80s heyday, it was a blurring of high and low that scandalized the art world.

 

This New Label Tells a Story With Knitwear
The idea for Thierra Nuestra, a new knitwear brand based in Lima, Peru, was born on an epic road trip. In 2019, friends Matías García and Mariseli León—the latter also designs a line of slip dresses at Skim Rose—were beginning to talk about doing a knitwear brand together, and inspiration struck hard while they were traveling across their native country. “We first flew to Cuzco, then rented a car and went to the valleys,” says León. “Then we went to Lima and Ayacucho. We met a lot of [knitwear] artisans along the way, and learned about their different techniques.”

 

Ella Emhoff Discusses Her NYFW Debut With Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez
While many assumed Emhoff jump-started her modeling career after the inauguration, she actually met Ivan Bart, the president of IMG Models and Fashion, over a year ago at an event in New York. The conversation had been in progress since—and there is surely more to come in the future. “I think my favorite part is just wearing the clothes; seeing the clothes, being able to touch them, being able to look at the craftsmanship—also it’s just a fun way to dress up,” Emhoff said. “It is almost like acting. You do put on a different persona.” Expect to see her and her personas on newsstands and in campaigns very soon.

 

Paris Hilton Remains the Ultimate Aughts Muse
Paris Hilton has cultivated a personal style as recognizable as a logo. Her velour jumpsuits, platinum blonde hair, and commitment to sexiness have been a constant since she and sister Nicky emerged on New York’s social scene in a whirlwind of flashbulbs and designer dresses in the early 2000s. Not since the ascent of rebel debutantes like Cornelia Guest in the 1980s had a socialite moved from the niche notoriety of Manhattan’s inner circle to the world stage with such speed. Still, the Hiltons eclipsed their predecessors by inviting the cameras into their lives. Paris, in particular, was unapologetic about her ambitions. Before everyone live-streamed their lives and launched a beauty line, she showed an entrepreneurial aptitude that helped create our current landscape of influencers, viral stars, and performers whose appeal lies in their ability to get candid. At 40, she’s still the blueprint for modern fame.

 

Inside Clarence House
Explore The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s London residence.

Clarence House was first built between 1825 and 1827 for The Duke of Clarence (later King William IV) and his wife Adelaide. It was designed by architect John Nash. From 1949 to 1952 it was the home of Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, and later The Queen Mother, who lived at Clarence House for 50 years. The Prince of Wales moved into the house in 2003.

 

Dolly Parton Asks Tennessee to Hold Off on Her Statue
“Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time.”

Amid the biggest public health crisis in a century, catastrophic winter weather across Texas and the Southeast, and the general scourge of an often feckless government, Dolly Parton has emerged as one of the only figures who consistently makes any sense. On Thursday, Parton asked the Tennessee legislature to reconsider their efforts to install a sculpture of the icon on the state Capitol grounds, citing the need for public officials to focus their energy on the real problems of the day. She issued a statement on Twitter urging the legislature to heed her request.

 

American Redefined.
As the Pandemic Stalked Us, And Racial Injustice Awoke Us, And Politics Divided Us, Journalist Rita Omokha Traveled The Country, Listening For Unheard Voices. This Is Who She Found. They Are Not Eager To Forget That 2020 Happened. They Are Desperate To Make Its Lessons Last.

“I was raised in a Nigerian American, ultra-disciplinarian, Christian home in the Bronx, where the maxims were work hard and love your neighbor as yourself. Our skin color wasn’t talked about. All we knew was that mom had three jobs—picking up shifts at different hospitals—and all she asked of us was to do well at school and respect our elders. Simple. We never discussed race or class divisions. Or how to handle discrimination. Or what to do when someone poked fun at my hair. At one point, that was everyday life for me: walking around with African threaded natural hair.
I had thought, as mom had raised us, that if I gave to the world what I wanted, if I worked hard and tried to be a better person every day, somehow it’ll all work out in the end. Somehow, I’ll receive all of that back.”

 

Wednesday: Everything We Know About Tim Burton’s Addams Family-Inspired Series
The family’s kooky daughter takes the lead in a promising new Netflix show.

An announcement from Netflix promises that the show, which has been given an eight-episode order, will focus on Wednesday’s experience at school—an institution named Nevermore Academy, naturally—and her sleuthing into some mysterious goings-on about town.
“Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago—all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships of the strange and diverse student body,” the press release reads.

 

Our Lines, Our Selves: What the Things We Wait For Say About Us
From cronuts to Covid tests, queuing is inevitable—but what do the lines we choose to wait on really mean?

The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting anyway,” Andy Warhol wrote in his book The Philosophy of Andy Warhol. “Never getting in is the most exciting, but after that waiting to get in is the most exciting.” For a long time this was how many of us felt. In a 2015 issue devoted to the “cultlike fervor” of voluntary waiting—for Frankenpastries, for limited edition garments, for happenings where the artist is present— New York magazine’s David Wallace-Wells described the “signaling that one has an endless amount of time to devote to consumer connoisseurship.” In an era when no one had to wait, choosing to do so was a signifier.

 

What It Was Like to Eat with Anthony Bourdain
Tony wouldn’t have judged you for eating a hamburger in your hotel bed.

As his assistant and co-author, I visited various of Tony’s filming sets around the world, but only ate on camera with him once, at Aqueduct Racetrack, in Queens, New York, where I live. While we watched the horses, we drank unremarkable domestic beer from wobbly plastic cups and ate the same spicy, savory, almost certainly mass-produced, frozen, and microwaved or deep-fried Jamaican beef patties that you can find in any grocery store or New York City public school cafeteria. Clearly, memorable food wasn’t the point of the scene, but we really enjoyed those beef patties, which ended up being memorable as the right thing for that context: a salty, crisp-yet-soft booze cushion, eaten with one hand while the other smacks a rolled-up racing form against the rail.

 

What Are Magazines Good For?
The story of America can be told through the story of its periodicals.

“The best way to think about magazines is as the analog Internet—they’d foster communities of people, just like on social networks,” Steven Lomazow, a seventy-three-year-old New Jersey neurologist who created the exhibition from his personal collection of more than eighty-three thousand magazine issues, said the other day. He was wearing a shaggy charcoal fleece and a surgical mask that fluttered in and out beneath his glasses as he spoke. He’d become interested in magazines as a student, in the early seventies, when he’d prowl Chicago bookshops for medical books. “One day, I walked into a store and there was the first issue of Life magazine and, next to it, the first issue, supposedly, of Look,” he remembered. “It said, Volume 1, No. 2. I said, ‘What happened to Volume 1, No. 1?’ The guy goes, ‘We don’t know.’ ” Lomazow found this irresistible.

 

A guide to how you can help people in Texas suffering from unprecedented winter storms
Following one of the worst winter storms in the state in years, millions of Texans were left without power and heat after frigid temperatures stalled natural gas production that caused mass power outages across the region this week.
Though power has been restored for most, more than 400,000 households across the state were still experiencing outages Thursday afternoon, according to Poweroutage.us. Meanwhile, the state now faces a burgeoning water crisis with numerous reports of burst pipes and a growing list of advisories to boil water in major cities due to frozen pipes and damaged infrastructure.
Insider has compiled a list of charities, food banks, and organizations across Texas that are accepting donations and working to help those impacted by the storm.

 

The Duke & Duchess Of Sussex Will Not Resume Their Roles As Working Royals, Buckingham Palace Confirms
More than a year on from their decision to step back from their position as “senior” members of the royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reaffirmed their decision to pursue independent careers while living in their adopted home of Montecito, California. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of the royal family,” Buckingham Palace revealed in a statement on 19 February.

 

The story behind Cher’s iconic 1986 Oscars dress
There have been many iconic Oscars dresses over the years, including Julia Roberts’ Valentino look in 2001, Charlize Theron’s glimmering Gucci gown in 2004 and Angelina Jolie’s satin halterneck Marc Bouwer that same year.
But none grabbed headlines quite as much as Cher’s iconic look from the 1986 Oscars. The headdress, the crop top, those abs and that sequin skirt, there was no denying it was an unusual look and she of course looked fabulous.
So how did it come about? Well it was actually somewhat controversial. You see Cher decided to go with a showgirl-inspired outfit as a snub to the Academy, who she felt didn’t take her seriously and hated the way she dressed.

 

Behind the Lens: Paola Kudacki
The photographer shares how she broke into the industry, the shoot that changed her career and what makes a good photograph

“I enjoy photographing humans. I believe that every subject is beautiful and curiosity will always allow me to discover their story. For me, one of the most interesting things about photography is the connection with the talent and the challenge of creating a good image – sometimes with somebody that doesn’t necessarily want to be photographed or doesn’t have any experience in front of the camera.”

 

The Sex and the City and Samantha friendship fade: the saddest and most realistic ending there is
Samantha’s exit might not be as dramatic as death, but the reality of a friendship break-up is brutal

Cognitively, we understand that we can’t hold onto the same friendships forever. Given how many people we meet across a lifetime, how we ourselves change and grow and how our circumstances vary as we enter different new chapters, it’s natural that we lose a few friends along the way. In fact, it would be almost unbearable if we were expected to retain the same numbers of friends throughout our life – it would be a full-time, largely administrative job devoid of pleasure. Some friendships just mellow to a slow, dignified fade, reduced to respectful likes on social media and congratulatory messages when one party hits a societal milestone. That sort of friendship ending, sad though it is, has less emotional impact. It is easier, in those situations, to believe the saying that some friends are only supposed to be in your life for a finite time, not until the very end.

 

Can This Photographer Save Beirut’s Architectural Treasures?
Dia Mrad has long been fascinated with the 19th-century estates in Lebanon’s capital city. And after many of them were damaged in the August 4 explosion, their owners are now allowing him to look inside—and maybe help bring them back to life.

 

Figure skating is on thin ice. Here’s how to fix it.
The sport that peaked in the 1990s in the US could desperately use a makeover — and not just at the Olympic level.

Those of us who started figure skating at the height of its mania in the 1990s wouldn’t realize it until years later, but several interdependent factors had contributed to what seemed to be a sudden disinterest in the sport we had built our lives and identities around. One was a financial crash that made an already prohibitively expensive activity all but an impossibility for working-class families. Another was the fact that Michelle Kwan retired in 2006. (It sounds like I’m being facetious, but I’m not!) Watching the Olympics was a lot less fun with fewer Americans on the podium, due in part to a total rehaul of the scoring system that muddied the dramatics of a perfect 6.0 — more on this later.
Either way, it was clear that by the early 2010s, nobody in the US really seemed to care about figure skating anymore. Children would take group lessons for a few years, learning to make their way around the ice without clutching onto the boards, but never ascending to the competitive level. What was the fun if you weren’t surrounded by dozens of other starry-eyed skaters pushing each other to win an Olympic gold?

 

How to Think About Wine Vintages
Conventional wisdom can often lead consumers away from delicious wines. Better to think of individual years in terms of character than of quality.

If declaring that a vintage is mediocre can sometimes be a problem, so can the characterization of a year as great. Too often, I’ve seen consumers who become fixated on vintages deemed great by critics dismissing wines from other years that might give enormous pleasure, often for much less money. In the Côtes de Nuits, the prime source for great red Burgundies, the 2000, 2007, 2014 and 2017 vintages were generally rated lower than 2005, 2009 and 2015. Still each of those lower-rated vintages offered wines that were almost immediately enjoyable and delicious, for less money than the higher-rated years.

 

 

 

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