T LOunge for March 17th, 2021

Posted on March 17, 2021

Vintage Cocktail Club – Dublin, Ireland


Well OF COURSE today’s LOunge would be a cozy little Irish cocktail bar. Can you even say you’re surprised? Just don’t order green beer and leave the “Kiss Me I’m Irish” crap at home, please. We’re civilized around here. A Guinness and a glass of whiskey is all you need.

Today is WEDNESDAY. You’re soaking in the middle of the week.

No real news to report on anything except that we’re working on future writing projects and we’re busier now than we’ve been all year. We’ve been “lucky” to have a business that required our full attention over the last year, because it meant we never truly got much time to sit and get anxious over things, but it’s kind of interesting how there’s this real sense – on our ends, in our jobs (because we know this isn’t true for everyone) – that the pace has picked up as we all start sprinting toward that light at the end of the tunnel.

Or maybe that’s just hope and we forgot what it felt like.


The American Family Onscreen
Films like ‘Minari’ and ‘Farewell Amor’ counter the steely, back-breaking myth of the American dream with the soft, flexible salve of self-determination, self-acceptance, and self-care.

While the films vastly differ in time period, location, and racial identity, both Minari and Farewell Amor propose the revolutionary act of not assimilating, but quilting together personal experiences defined by love, joy, heartache, trauma, and distinctive cultures shaped by home, both new and old, familiar and foreign. They counter the steely, back-breaking myth of the American dream with the soft, flexible salve of self-determination, self-acceptance, and self-care, whether in the form of working the land, competing in a dance competition, or reconstructing a relationship. Complex immigrant narratives, particularly those told by and portraying immigrants of color in unexpected locations and genres, have the power to normalize and validate the experiences of a rapidly growing American demographic and redefine a more inclusive, compassionate dream for all.


The Virus, the Vaccine, and the Dark Side of Wellness
Misinformation and conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 vaccines have spread across social media, infiltrating the sunny world of wellness influencers at a time when the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Initial skepticism of the vaccine was understandable, even for those who wouldn’t have blinked at getting vaccinated in the past: The timeline to introduce the first FDA-authorized vaccine was faster than any that had come before it, and it was heavily politicized, sowing doubt. Within Black and brown communities, decades of abuse and systemic racism have led to an erosion of trust in the medical establishment. But as peer-reviewed studies showing the safety and efficacy of various Covid vaccines continue to pile up, a lingering strain of vaccine resistance—ranging from hesitancy to all-out conspiracy theory—may signal something more insidious.


Elliot Page Is Ready for This Moment
As a trans person who is white, wealthy and famous, Page has a unique kind of privilege, and with it an opportunity to advocate for those with less. According to the U.S. Trans Survey, a large-scale report from 2015, transgender people of color are more likely to experience unemployment, harassment by police and refusals of medical care. Nearly half of all Black respondents reported being denied equal treatment, verbally harassed and/or physically attacked in the past year. Trans people as a group fare much worse on such stats than the general population. “My privilege has allowed me to have resources to get through and to be where I am today,” Page says, “and of course I want to use that privilege and platform to help in the ways I can.”


Queen Victoria Made Mourning Jewelry Fashionable—Now Her Pieces Are Up For Sale
How an obsession with death led to great jewels.

“Queen Victoria was the biggest jewelry influencer of all time,” says Rebecca Selva, creative director of Fred Leighton. “She made mourning jewelry fashionable and imbued the pieces with romance. And everyone in court followed suit.”
Up until Queen Victoria’s reign, mourning jewelry was often wickedly macabre with symbols including skulls, crossbones, and reapers. That wouldn’t work for the romantic ruler who had enjoyed a loving relationship with her husband, so she commissioned remembrance jewels with floral and heart motifs, and miniature portraits of the deceased.


What to Know Before Watching Operation Varsity Blues
In preparation for the March 17 premiere of Operation Varsity Blues, a brief refresher on the largest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

By now, details about Operation Varsity Blues, aka the largest college admissions scandal ever to be prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice, have become familiar tales, ripe for our giddy consumption—and derision. Back in 2019, the world watched in disgust as dozens of wealthy parents, including celebrities Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, were charged with paying millions of dollars to bribe their kids’ way into elite universities, whether by cheating on the SATs or conspiring with college coaches to get their unqualified children in as elite sports recruits (using Photoshop, for instance), or both.


Aristotle Onassis’s Private Island Will Become a Luxury Resort
For a hefty sum, you too can holiday on Skorpios like Jackie and Ari.

In 1963, shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis purchased the island for the relatively modest sum of 3.5 million drachmas, the equivalent of about $14,000 today. Located off the western coast of mainland Greece as part of the Ionian islands, the 205-acre Skorpios was essentially barren. In order to turn it into a private refuge and playground worthy of the billionaire, Onassis imported 200 different types of trees, brought over sand from the island of Salamina, and bought a mountain on another island for the water supply. He also built a family compound of three residences, a helipad, and a small marina, in addition to harbor facilities to accommodate his beloved yacht, the Christina.


You’ve Made It This Far, Might As Well Make Your Own Steak Tartare
Make tartare for someone you really love—like yourself.

Carnivores are divided into two camps: either you love raw meat or you don’t. By raw, I mean raw. Not rare, or seared, or cooked via sous vide even a little. As you’ve probably guessed, I am vehemently of the former order. I’ve eaten raw beef almost all my life, it’s basically the birthright of Eritreans and Ethiopians for whom raw beef is a common delicacy that has been elevated to an art, whether as seasoned cubes of gored gored, buttery chopped kitfo, or plain tere siga—literally “raw meat”—served with awaze sauce and freshly prepared mustard.


A Technicolored Childhood on the Bus My Parents Made a Home
The same summer of 1967 that Joan Didion went to San Francisco to report on the hippies, a term she put in quotation marks, my parents had converted an old school bus to a groovy if primitive house on wheels and caravanned from St. Louis to Eugene, Oregon, where they were starting a new life. As Didion was listening to the ramble of paranoiacs in Golden Gate Park and encountering the famous Susan, a five-year-old in white lipstick who was being regularly dosed with acid by her mother, my parents and my older brother were moving their bus between state and county parks around Eugene, in order to keep ahead of ordinances designed to discourage long-term parking. They had no money, and my father’s teaching job didn’t begin until September (and even then, he’d have to wait 30 days for a paycheck). During that Summer of Love and for a few months after, my family camped in state parks. They swam in rivers and took in the luminous greenery. Didion, meanwhile, published her essay on the milieu she encountered in Haight Ashbury, which she depicted as a seedy maelstrom of broken, lost, and nihilistic people, with the exception of those who were, in Didion’s eyes, too gullible to be nihilists.


Chic Puzzles for Those of Us Still Staying Inside

There are two types of people: the ones who did puzzles throughout the pandemic and the others who would…rather not. If you’re in the former group and are waiting out these last few months indoors as the vaccine rolls out, invest in some more puzzles, like these chic picks, ahead. They pair great with a cold beer (or a glass of wine!) after a long day of staring at a screen.


The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: A Complete Beginner’s Guide
Plus, comic book recommendations and wild speculation for the more seasoned Marvel fan.

If WandaVision was an examination of grief through the lens of classic American sitcoms, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will attempt to examine American identity through the lens of buddy action-comedies like Lethal Weapon, Rush Hour, and 48 Hours. As it with WandaVision, Marvel and Disney+ have produced new installments of Marvel Studios Legends*—*four seven-ish-minute-long episodes covering the film arcs of some central characters from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. They act, essentially, as a “previously on” for newcomers, but are more targeted toward anyone needing a movie refresher.


A Kansas Bookshop’s Fight with Amazon Is About More Than the Price of Books
The owner of the Raven bookstore, in Lawrence, wants to tell you about all the ways that the e-commerce giant is hurting American downtowns.

Despite the pandemic, book sales were up over all last year, but mostly for places like Amazon; bookstore sales fell by more than twenty-eight per cent. Even at stores where sales held steady or increased, profits declined as customers migrated online, raising shipping and delivery costs. More than one bookstore closed every week in 2020, and many of the ones that survived are now facing deficits that could close them before the pandemic ends.


Rosa Bonheur and Other Women Artists of the Belle Époque
Records of the Parisian gallery Tedesco frères tell a story of commercial success

French artist Rosa Bonheur is widely considered the most famous and commercially successful female painter of the 19th century. She gained international recognition as an animalier, or a painter of animals, and showed her work at the Palace of Fine Arts in Paris and The Woman’s Building at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Dealers in Paris traded her paintings and the Belgian dealer Ernest Gambart represented her at the art market in London. Her first great success, Oxen Ploughing in Nevers, now at the Musée d’Orsay, was commissioned by the French government and won a First Medal at the Salon in 1849; and her most famous work is the monumental The Horse Fair at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was the first woman to be decorated with the French Legion of Honour and to be promoted to officer of the order. In 1859, her commercial success enabled her to buy an estate near Fontainebleau, where she lived for the rest of her life.


The history of tensions — and solidarity — between Black and Asian American communities, explained
How white supremacy tried to divide Black and Asian Americans — and how communities worked to find common ground.

Ultimately, there is a failure to remember what got America to this place of racial hierarchies and lingering Black-Asian tensions: white supremacy. White supremacy is what created segregation, policing, and scarcity of resources in low-income neighborhoods, as well as the creation of the “model minority” myth — all of which has driven a wedge between Black and Asian communities. In fact, it is white Christian nationalism, more than any other ideology, that has shaped xenophobic and racist views around Covid-19, according to a recent study. And for Black and Asian American communities to move forward, it is important to remember the root cause and fight together against it.


This Passover Recipe Tells the Story of a Family Tree
A wide-reaching family’s interpretations of a Moroccan Jewish recipe reflects their history.

According to the family, the Corcoses left the Middle East sometime before the 13th century, the first recorded date of their presence in Spain, where they learned many new dishes that became part of the Sephardic canon. Ms. Tapiero’s direct line fled to Fez, Morocco, during the Inquisition, while others in the family spread as far and wide to the Netherlands; Livorno, Italy; Gibraltar and Curaçao, among other places.
Along the way and across generations, they, like so many other families, passed down recipes, which changed slightly over time as the family spread. Among the dishes was that saffron fish, a dish typical of Moroccan Jewish cuisine, often served at Passover and on the Sabbath.





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