T LOunge for February 2, 2021

Posted on February 02, 2021

Banconar Bar and Restaurant – Thessaloniki, Greece

Kittens, we don’t know about you, but our asses are dragging this morning and we think we need a LOunge that gives us feeling of chatty energy, you know? Since our jobs are to essentially chat at you all day. This looks like the perfect place to flit from sparkling conversation to sparkling conversation, like the social butterflies we like to pretend we used to be before all of this nonsense happened.

Today is TUESDAY, by the way. That should explain the ass-dragging talk of earlier.

The snow is still wafting down in the hills and dales outside T Lo Manor, and we are keeping anxious eyes on all of the branches heavy with snow. We’ve never felt so disconnected from a snowstorm in our lives. It has had absolutely zero effect on us. We probably shouldn’t express such thoughts lest they jinx us and we suddenly find ourselves out of pow







Just kidding! Talk amongst yourselves, darlings!

From My Mother’s Closet to a Wardrobe of My Own
As a transgender girl growing up in southeastern Tennessee in the late ’90s, I didn’t have language to convey who I was to them or myself—but every time I opened the doors to this closet, I escaped into a space where words and labels didn’t matter. I saw myself, my true self, every time I tried on my favorite dress: an emerald green, floor-length gown of satin fabric with velvet buttons and large shoulder pads. It was elegant—intended for cocktail parties or a night at the grand theatre.


Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova on the Protests in Russia—and Why the Opposition Isn’t Going Anywhere
Over the past two weekends, Russia has been roiled by massive, nationwide protests, the likes of which haven’t been seen in that country for decades. During yesterday’s actions, thousands of protesters were arrested by Russian police—but the momentum of the opposition, led by the recently jailed Alexei Navalny, shows no sign of slowing down.
We asked Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova (who spent two years in prison for protesting starting in 2012) for the inside story on what’s happening in Russia, what’s at stake—and how she’s bringing the fight forward through fashion and through her new single, “Rage,” out today.


Can You Manufacture An Influencer? HBO’s ‘Fake Famous’ Tries to Find Out
On February 2, Fake Famous premieres on HBO. It follows three subjects as they aim to achieve Insta-fame despite being, well, normal people. There’s Dominique, an aspiring actress who works at an athleisure store; Wiley, a low-level assistant to a high-powered real-estate broker; and Chris, a recent Los Angeles transplant who wanted to get the hell out of Arizona. Each believes that being an influencer will better their lives in some way—it’ll jumpstart their career, it’ll make them more popular, it’ll fulfill their destiny to be somebody. “Would you like to be famous?” The producers ask one of the subjects. “I feel like I deserve to,” he replies.


Tracee Ellis Ross Opens Up About the “Ongoing Adventure” of Hair Care
For Ross, 48, the journey to embracing her hair correlates with her exploration of self-love. “Things started to go haywire when I wasn’t seeing enough people who looked like me mirrored back to me in media and entertainment,” she recalls. She had her mother, Diana Ross, as inspiration, and she highlights Cicely Tyson as another hair hero. But at school in Los Angeles, none of her friends had hair like hers. “My journey to loving my hair has been an ongoing adventure, hard-earned. Some of it has been finding the right products, trial and error, experimentation and courage,” she says.


The Home Where Jackie Kennedy First Learned to Ride Horses Is For Sale
The property in East Hampton is currently listed for $2 million.

As a child, former First Lady Jackie Kennedy spent the summers with her family in East Hampton. Her family home, Wildmoor, hit the market in May of 2020 for $7.5 million (it’s still up for grabs), but now there’s another opportunity to own a Hamptons property with a pedigreed past. The former Riding Club of East Hampton, located at 9 Cross Hwy, is where Jackie learned to ride horses as a child—a hobby she kept up throughout much of her adult life. The property has been listed for just shy of $2 million, and its special regulations would allow for a future owner to build upon the existing home, or to add two more properties to the land. Located just down the street from the area’s beloved Two Mile Hollow Beach, the circa-1745 property is in a prime location, and has been renovated into rustic-style family home.


The Duchess Podcast Reveals the Secrets of Life in a British Stately Home
It’s not all Downton Abbey in the modern British aristocracy.

Starting this month, Emma Manners, the Duchess of Rutland, and her daughter, Lady Violet, are launching a new podcast called Duchess that takes a peek into the glamorous and not-so-glamorous sides of the modern day British aristocracy.
The series is set to focus on 10 women who are working to protect and maintain stately British homes, revealing the hard work that goes into keeping these traditional estates running in the modern era.


Stacey Abrams Has Been Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize
The Georgia Democrat is being honored for her work in voting rights activism.

Stacey Abrams—the Democratic politician from Georgia who has been credited as one of the leading figures who helped flip Georgia blue for President Joe Biden in the November 2020 election—has officially been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on voting rights.
Reuters reported that Norwegian parliament member Lars Haltbrekken announced her nomination earlier today. “Abrams’ work follows in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps in the fight for equality before the law and for civil rights,” said Haltbrekken, per the outlet. “Abrams’ efforts to complete King’s work are crucial if the United States of America shall succeed in its effort to create fraternity between all its peoples and a peaceful and just society.”


“I’ve Come Through A Few Things. I’m Trying To Be Hopeful”: At Home With Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is as much the all-action heroine at home and in the international arena as she is on screen. For the March issue of British Vogue, Edward Enninful caught up with the indefatigable star in her historic LA estate to discuss her latest directorial project, her book with Amnesty International and her continuing fight for the rights of women and children.

“Well, I put a lot of my hopes for the future on the younger generation. Maybe that’s because I live with six kids, aged 12 to 19, so I see that particular group – and I certainly see how much more pressure they are under than we were at their age. They’re quite overwhelmed with a lot of information that we were sheltered from. But I see Mad [Maddox] online speaking in Russian to someone or talking to Korea, or Shi [Shiloh] saying hi to her friends in Namibia, I see there’s this new way young people can connect and know each other in this global way. It’s how they’ll start to solve our problems.”


6 myths about the history of Black people in America
Six historians weigh in on the biggest misconceptions about Black history, including the Tuskegee experiment and enslaved people’s finances.

To study American history is often an exercise in learning partial truths and patriotic fables. Textbooks and curricula throughout the country continue to center the white experience, with Black people often quarantined to a short section about slavery and quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. Many walk away from their high school history class — and through the world — with a severe lack of understanding of the history and perspective of Black people in America.
Last summer, the New York Times’s 1619 Project burst open a long-overdue conversation about how stories of Black Americans need to be told through the lens of Black Americans themselves. In this tradition, and in celebration of Black History Month, Vox has asked six Black scholars and historians about myths that perpetuate about Black history. Ultimately, understanding Black history is more than learning about the brutality and oppression Black people have endured — it’s about the ways they have fought to survive and thrive in America.


Hal Holbrook, Emmy and Tony-Winning Actor Who Portrayed Mark Twain, Dies at 95
Holbrook’s craggy voice and appearance lent itself to historical portrayals and other parts that required gravitas. Indeed, he also played Abraham Lincoln, winning an Emmy in 1976 for the NBC miniseries “Lincoln” and reprising the role in the ABC miniseries “North and South” in 1985 and its sequel the following year. Moreover he won his first Emmy, in 1970, for his role as the title character in the brief but highly regarded series “The Bold Ones: The Senator.” He played the commander-in-chief in 1980 film “The Kidnapping of the President”; a senior judge tempted into vigilante justice in “The Star Chamber”; and John Adams in the 1984 miniseries “George Washington.” Much later, he played the assistant secretary of state on a couple of episodes of “The West Wing,” and most recently he played a conservative Republican congressman in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and a judge in the 2013 historical drama “Savannah.”


The Nightmare Share She posted an ad for a roommate. What’s the worst that could happen?
New York roommate stories often begin with a kind of claustrophobic, reluctant symbiosis: Two people, linked solely by necessity, now also have to share the same bathroom. Here, finding a place to live is so notoriously difficult, the hunt so mythologically cutthroat, that the parties tend also to be united in desperation. Agreements are forged hastily via text message, in the DMs of third-party apps, as last-minute promises. Owners, renters, subletters, sub-subletters, Airbnb hosts, and Craigslist couch surfers alike learn to size one another up in relation to their own needs; how red the flags appear often depends on how broke you are.


Woman and Fascinating Trans Trailblazer
The unbelievable true story, of a serial fraudster who transitioned in the ’70s, is unspooled in HBO’s The Lady and the Dale.

Carmichael spent the 1960s mocking up I.D.s, counterfeiting checks, masterminding get-rich-quick schemes, and printing bogus Federal Reserve notes. A mother of five, she was constantly uprooting her children and moving—because it was cheaper than paying rent, and more crucially, necessary to evade authorities. She was the kind of person whose oozing confidence, charisma, and cunning carried her from one brazen con to the next, without a trace of guilt or regret.
Her most daring caper came in the ’70s, when she began publicly hawking a three-wheel, fuel-economic car christened the Dale. The audacious fraud is chronicled in HBO’s four-part docuseries The Lady and the Dale, which was directed by Nick Cammilleri and Zackary Drucker, and produced by Duplass and his brother Mark Duplass.


Now’s the Time for Homemade Dumplings
For Lunar New Year, shape savory and sweet Chinese dumplings at home.

Everyday dumplings take on special significance for the holiday: Eating the savory pleated pouches, which symbolize wealth, means good fortune for the year ahead, and slurping dessert dumplings is supposed to assure family unity.
But the more immediate reward is the process of making them: kneading and rolling the dough, filling and wrapping, pinching and sealing. It’s the sort of therapeutic project that lulls like rowing on a still lake. It takes a little physical effort, but the motions become as relaxing as rocking in a canoe.



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