T LOunge for March 12th, 2021

Posted on March 12, 2021

Syggrou Night Bar – Thessaloniki, Greece


Life is a cabaret, kittens! Come to the cabaret! In celebration of Liza’s 75th birthday, come taste the wine, come hear the band, come blow a horn. Today’s LOunge practically begs for such behavior.

Today is FRIDAY. Indulge in joy.

So, with the news that 1/4 of American adults have received their first shot and all Americans will have vaccines available to them by the end of May, everyone’s asking the same question at the same time; a question that would have seemed bitterly ironic only a month ago: What are your plans for summer?

OBVIOUSLY, we’re being optimistic (we thought we’d try it on for size) and so-called normalcy isn’t quite as close as we’d like, but it feels like options are suddenly opening up that seemed highly unlikely until very recently. We’re still in a weird period where the unvaccinated are feeling stressed and anxious as the people around them get access before them, but it seems like this period will be quite a bit briefer than we thought. It feels like it might be okay to be a little hopeful!


The fascinating history of the catwalk show
Ever wondered how today’s runways came to be? We delve into fashion history and then consider where we may be heading next

“Most fashion historians consider English designer Charles Frederick Worth as the originator of using models,” Maria Costantino, a lecturer in cultural and historical studies at the London College of Fashion, tells me. “From the mid 1860s, the house was hiring young women as what were then called ‘demoiselles de magasins’.”
This development changed the relationship between the dressmaker and the client. Rather than the designer coming directly to the customer, the designs were presented to clients through a ‘defile’, which was a simple presentation without any music or other fanfare. Costantino explains that this all changed in 1901 when another English designer, Lady Duff Gordon, debuted what we can probably consider the very first ‘catwalk show’.


Kathryn Hahn Has Read Your Agatha Harkness Fan Theories. She Has A Better One.
The ‘WandaVision’ actress talks everything Agatha and some truly memorable stories from set.

It’s true her appearance in WandaVision has introduced (or re-introduced) her to an entirely new audience of casual and super-fans, of all ages and demographics, and she’s tickled pink by the whole thing, really, honey. When I ask her if it’s at all frustrating to see your name mashed into the word “renaissance,” as if you haven’t been enlightening viewers for years, she bats away the praise to land in her co-star’s court instead.


Lost and Found: One Year in Quarantine
Almost one year ago to the day, my colleagues and I left our office for the last time—not knowing it would be the last time, for a long time. The intervening year has left plenty of us feeling the enormous weight of loss—of loved ones or dear friends, of time and experiences out in the world, and of pleasures as simple as the ability to share an impromptu meal with a neighbor. But the past year has been about more than loss. Some have found a road out of hopelessness, back to their faith; others have rediscovered the joy of cooking a meal at home or the majesty of our own backyards.


Issa Rae, Camilla Blackett, and Susan Fales-Hill Discuss the Delights and Burdens of Representation
Three groundbreaking showrunners on how they’ve changed the way we watch TV.

During the pandemic, the narratives and characters depicted on the small screen often serve as our only escape from isolation. The cries for representation, then, grown even more acute alongside our increased dependence on the transportive qualities of television.
The three women discuss getting past the gatekeepers, writing sex and romance for Black actors and audiences, and the importance of vetting mentors.


Our Long-Awaited Post-COVID Life Is Coming. Why Am I So Nervous?
For the past year, we’ve been living in what has been endlessly dubbed our “new normal.” In our “new normal,” we stay inside. We don’t see people we don’t live with, and when we do, it’s with masks on and at least six feet apart. In our “new normal,” we cancel our gym subscriptions, our dinner parties, our vacations—essentially all of our plans. We develop solo hobbies, like needlepoint or baking, and we do what we can to keep ourselves and everyone around us safe. We judge each other’s every action like we’re in a heightened version of The Good Place, where every move you make has a point value attached— one that decides whether you’re a decent person or not.


Yeri Han Honored the Women in Her Family with Minari
For her breathtaking performance as Monica in Lee Isaac Chung’s film, Han went back to her roots.

One of the most celebrated films of the past year, Lee Isaac Chung’s delicate portrait of a Korean immigrant family building a life on American soil has captivated critics and audiences alike. It earned the top prize when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival more than a year ago, and the momentum only grew as the months passed, earning spots on best-of-2020 lists and scooping up more awards. Last month, it earned three nominations from the Screen Actors Guild. Two Sundays ago, it took home a Golden Globe. An Oscar could be next.


Meghan Markle Sent a Moving Letter to London School Students For International Women’s Day
To mark International Women’s Day on Monday, Meghan Markle sent a moving letter to the students of an East London school she visited in March 2020, encouraging them to “participate in real acts of compassion for the women in their lives and their community.” Robert Clack School in Dagenham, which Meghan visited on March 8 last year, shared the letter on Twitter.


The Most Unusual Celebrity Baby Names: Gravity, Pilot Inspektor, Fuschia, and More
Surprise! Emily Ratajkowski announced the name of her first child with Sebastian Bear-McClard on Instagram—Sylvester Apollo Bear. (Or “Sly,” for short.) The model and activist hasn’t shared the meaning behind her child’s name, but Apollo is the Greek god of poetry, music and the sun. All together, it makes for a distinctive moniker.
Celebrities often opt for the unique when it comes to their children: take Ed Sheeran and his wife, Cherry Seaborn, who named their newborn daughter Lyra Antarctica. And how could we forget Apple Martin and Blue Ivy?


The Pandemic-Themed Artwork Honoring the Resilience of Indigenous People
Since she was 16, Assiniboine and Sioux artist Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty—who is from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana and is now in her 50s—has been showing at the Heard Museum and Santa Fe Indian markets, two of the biggest annual Native American marketplaces in North America. Her mother, Joyce, is also an acclaimed beadwork and quillwork artist, and over the years, showcasing their work together at these events has been an ongoing tradition—as and when their painstakingly made pieces are ready, that is. “It takes us so long to make pieces—it could take years to make just one,” says Growing Thunder Fogarty. “My mother has mentored me my entire life, and I’ve met some of my best friends in the world through Indian arts.”


John Derian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Collaborate on a Historical Decoupage Collection
“I love the world of an archivist,” John Derian says. Which, well, thank goodness: For his new capsule collection with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the artist had to sift through the two million archival papers in the meticulously kept cabinets of the museum’s Department of Drawings and Prints. Although he says he didn’t even see “the tip of the iceberg” of their vast holdings, he found more than enough inspiration to create 13 new decoupages, now on sale through the Met website. There are botanical cups with bugs and butterflies, plates adorned with deck-of-card-style hearts, and a tray inscribed with a line from a friendly letter written by Édouard Manet to fellow painter Eugène Maus, to name a few. (Manet playfully illustrated their correspondence with yellow-green apples.)


The Fall of Armie Hammer: A Family Saga of Sex, Money, Drugs, and Betrayal
The actor’s life seemed perfect—beautiful wife and kids, sparkling Hollywood career. But a glimpse into his family history reveals how shocking allegations over dark fantasies of cannibalism and bondage—and the ensuing fallout—are one more chapter in the Hammers’ fraught legacy.


Cancel Culture Is Not a Movement
Liberals increasingly embrace the progressive critique of structural racism, but they are far less certain of what to do about it.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises is not a political entity. It holds the licenses for its namesake’s more than sixty books—it licensed everything from “Seussical: The Musical” to Jim Carrey’s “Grinch”—which means it is effectively in the business of operating a mint. Of course, these two enterprises—money minting and politics—can sometimes coincide. On March 2nd, Theodore Seuss Geisel’s birthday, the company announced that six books from its catalogue would no longer be published, because they included depictions, usually of nonwhite characters, that were “hateful and wrong.” The statement was unsigned and stipulated that the decision had been made after consultation with “a panel of experts, including educators.”


Meghan Markle and the long history of authenticity policing
For all the hostility directed at Markle, we must not lose sight of the unabashedly gendered nature of this critique. There are elements here of both misogynoir — sexism aimed specifically at Black women — and misogyny that traverses racial lines. My own research on gendered work and labor reveals how patterned accusations of duplicity — and the critical blowback they incite — cut across professional sectors. Gaming and tech communities, for instance, systematically exclude women from masculine-coded spaces by denigrating them as “fake geek girls.” Meanwhile, one of the ways internet trolls have sought to discredit women climate change researchers is by labeling them “ugly fake scientists.”




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