T LOunge for March 24th, 2021

Posted on March 24, 2021

Trianglo Lounge Bar – Pristina, Kosovo

 

COLOR, darlings! LIGHT! LIFE! These are the things that today’s rather celebratory LOunge offers you. And why are we pushing such a festive mood on you? Because today is WEDNESDAY and we must take our parties where and when we can get them. Now go find the spot with the lighting that flatters you most and plant your little flag on it.

There’s always a lull in celebrity content post-Oscars nominations, when the nominees are about to take complete control of the spotlight for several weeks and everyone’s stepping back for a moment. But MAN, we have never seen such an arid desert of celebrity content as right now. Folks aren’t even serving lewks on the ‘gram all that much. Maybe the recent Oscars announcement regarding mandatory attendance and a dress code has sent everyone reeling or maybe everyone’s just exhausted from the Zoom thing and the Instagram thing. We know this is a brief lull and we can ride it out. Once the Oscars are done, we’re facing an almost-normal summer theatrical release schedule, which means red carpets will for real-real be back within a few months.

Oh shit. Have we just jinxed it? Nevermind. Talk amongst yourselves. Distractions and prompts, if needed:

 

The Flashy Girl from Flushing Is Headed to HBO Max
You can finally start streaming The Nanny come April 1.

In case you live under a rock or simply don’t enjoy lighthearted 30-minute, fashion-filled sitcoms, the series follows Drescher’s protagonist, Fran Fine, and her adventures of accidentally becoming the nanny for a wealthy and widowed Broadway producer, Maxwell Sheffield, and his three children. The show—which features a slew of guest stars including Elton John, Celine Dion, Elizabeth Taylor, Ray Charles, and more during its six-season run—was on air from 1993 to 1999.

 

This Land Is My Land: Krista Scruggs Is One of America’s Most Intriguing Winemakers
As one of just 1.3% of American farm owners who are Black, the ZAFA Wines owner aims to cast a counterspell against the curse of colonialism.

“The name of my winery, ZAFA, comes from the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. In his telling, “fukú” and “zafa” are words brought over from Africa to the Dominican Republic, and when Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas, he brought over this fukú: a curse. Anyone who is brown, really any marginalized person in this country, carries that curse.
The only way to overcome a fukú is through a zafa—a counterspell. In 2019, I embarked on a path to owning 56 acres of land in Vermont where I am, for the first time, growing my own grapes to turn into wine. I’m a Black queer woman doing the work of my ancestors here in America. My having access to land—I don’t know what more of a counterspell there is to the fukú of colonialism. Everything within the umbrella of ZAFA Wines symbolizes anti-colonialism. It is the opposite of Christopher Columbus to leave something better than when you found it. As a farmer, that means improving the soil, using methods where I give back rather than take away.”

 

Woman of letters: Diana’s candid notes to family friend sell at auction for £82,000
In one letter she playfully referred to the Queen as ‘the boss’ and in another she thanked Roger Bramble for being a ‘much welcome distraction’ during more challenging times

The letters, which date from 1990 to 1997, have been hidden away in a cupboard in the Bramble family household for the past 24 years. The family reportedly decided to sell them to show ‘what a delightful human being’ Princess Diana was and the proceeds of the auction will be split equally between the English National Ballet, Opera Rara, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and the Benesh International Endowment Fund.

 

It’s Time to Reckon with the History of Asian Women in America
To see these women’s lives in fullness requires that we reckon with overlapping histories of racism, militarism, and policing that have made Asian diasporic women invisible to Americans except when condemned through ideas of illicit sex.

The history of Asian-American womanhood is one of simultaneous opprobrium and desire, a history that is at least 150 years old. It is a history found in the Page Act of 1875, which prohibited Chinese women from entering the United States by classifying them as “prostitutes” and casting them as a threat to American morality. This racist history was built through the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which closed U.S. borders to people of Chinese descent and would later be used to ban most people from Asia from entering the country for decades.

 

A Gem of a Mystery
Antiquities curator Kenneth Lapatin has spent much of the pandemic doing detective work on a 200-year-old cold case—a beautiful carved “ancient” amethyst in the Getty collection that turned out to be a modern forgery.

– How often do museums find themselves having to reattribute work, or expose forgeries?
“I think it’s pretty common. It’s part of our jobs as curators. But I think uncovering a forgery or changing attribution shouldn’t be the end of the story but the beginning. The question is, what can we learn from that about desire, wishful thinking, and reliance on authority? And that’s why I think it’s worth telling this story and not just putting the thing in the basement and forgetting about it. Because then we fail to learn those lessons.”

 

Where the TikTokcracy Holds Court
Social media’s latest swans don’t hobnob at exquisite homes designed by Billy Haines. They throw ragers at empty McMansions in L.A.’s toniest enclaves. The neighbors are not pleased.

Welcome to the world of “collab houses,” sprawling estates where groups of nubile influencers hunker down and make short videos for social media, mainly TikTok and YouTube. The residents amplify their budding profiles by broadcasting the minutiae of their lives on the apps, and many have discovered that by joining forces with others under a single roof, their chamber dramas cast an even ­stronger spell across the internet. It’s a trick as old as Hollywood itself. MGM once promised “more stars than there are in heaven,” except now the stars are coming on live in the palm of your hand at a time when everybody is stuck inside.

 

Sotheby’s to auction belongings of the late Countess Mountbatten of Burma today
The sale brings together exquisite pieces from two great aristocratic dynasties, the Mountbattens and the Knatchbulls

When you count Queen Victoria, the last Tsarina of Russia and the last Viceroy of India as your relatives, it’s easy to see how a family heirloom becomes something of real magic and wonder. Such is the case for the late Patricia Knatchbull, the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, whose belongings are set to be auctioned by Sotheby’s on 24 March.
The collection of over 350 objects from the Countess’s home Newhouse in Kent, which spans jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculpture, books, silver, ceramics and objets d’art, was acquired from both her own family and that of her husband, John Knatchbull, 7th Lord Brabourne.

 

Grace Young Is on a Mission to Save America’s Historic Chinatowns
Young took her first steps into activism on behalf of Manhattan’s Chinatown in January 2020 by crowdsourcing food orders among her friends and neighbors, but a turning point came after she saw a damning article on CNN last April. It was reported that 59% of independently-owned Chinese restaurants all across the United States had ceased their credit card and debit card transactions—implying that they had permanently closed—while at the same time one of the largest Chinese food chains in the U.S., P.F. Chang’s, announced that they received $10 million in PPP loans. “That was a punch in the gut,” says Young. “I just thought, if all these little mom-and-pop Chinese restaurants across the United States go down, then the future of eating Chinese food in America will be eating at one of these big chains, which is a nightmare.”

 

Krispy Kreme giving away free doughnuts to vaccinated people isn’t a joke — it’s genius
As COVID-19 vaccines continue to roll out across the country, some businesses are offering incentives to encourage people to get vaccinated.
Yesterday, Krispy Kreme announced that it’s offering free doughnuts to customers who provide proof of vaccination with their record cards. The company’s offer will run through the end of 2021 and has no limits on the free doughnuts, so a vaccinated person could potentially go every day.
Free doughnuts sound like a wonderful incentive for eligible folks to go get their vaccine (just like they’re a wonderful incentive to get people to show up to an office meeting), but not everyone thinks so.

 

Behind the Scenes of Hollywood Reporter’s Pandemic-Era Photo Shoots
Preparation. Precaution. Perseverance. Five photographers offer an up-close glimpse of their work shooting Regina King, Sacha Baron Cohen and more.
Testing, distancing, masking — and that’s if it’s in person,” says photographer Austin Hargrave (pictured), who shot THR’s Toronto Film Festival portfolio (among others) during quarantine. “Some virtual shoots feel like working at an IT help desk, helping talent with internet problems, but we’ve gotten through it each time.” More than simply “gotten through,” he and fellow THR photographers in fact have safely produced stunning, often effortless-seeming images under the most trying circumstances. Says fellow photographer Alexandra Gavillet: “This moment has shown us that regardless of your outgrown eyebrows, your DIY funky nails or your grown-out roots, glamour truly does come from the confidence within and extends outward to how you make other people feel when they’re around you. We’re all finding beauty in self-preservation during this unprecedented time.”

 

The Vatican’s Giant Step Backward on Same-Sex Unions
Can the Catholic Church bless same-sex unions? On March 15th, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that defines and articulates Church teaching, issued a brief “responsum” to the question, which has come up in countries—notably, in Germany—where same-sex marriage is legal. The C.D.F.’s answer was a single word: “Negative.” But there was an “explanatory note,” which, employing the C.D.F.’s lofty and airless internal logic, said that blessings are “sacred signs that resemble the sacraments,” such as marriage, which, in God’s plan, found “inscribed in creation,” is between a man and a woman. Because same-sex unions cannot, therefore, be marriages, to bless them would be to give sacramental recognition to sexual relationships outside of marriage, which the Church, technically, regards as a sin in all cases. Therefore, because God “does not and cannot bless sin,” the Church cannot bless same-sex unions—and even the “positive elements” in same-sex unions cannot “justify these relationships.”
The responsum was no great surprise, but its absolutizing language was, because it runs counter to Pope Francis’s emphasis on the Church as an agent less of judgment than of mercy.

 

10 ways office work will never be the same
From where we work to how our work is measured, office work will be permanently different after the pandemic.

Someday, perhaps someday soon, when vaccination rates are high enough and the coronavirus relents, the world will return to normal. But in its wake, something as massive and meaningful as a global pandemic will leave many things different, including how we work.
In particular, knowledge workers — high-skilled workers whose jobs are done on computers — will likely see the biggest changes, from our physical locations to the technology we use to the ways in which our productivity is measured. In turn, how we work impacts everything from our own personal satisfaction to new inventions to the broader economy and society as a whole.
These changes represent a chance to remake work as we know it and to learn from the mistakes of our working past — if we’re thoughtful about how we enact them.

 

The Curious Case of the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Box
Crave those crazy … shrimp tails?

Cereal is a staple of the American breakfast table, consumed by millions of people every day and, for many, with memories of childhood. So when a story began circulating this week about a disturbing discovery in a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, consumers were horrified. None more so than Jensen Karp. On Monday morning, he ate a bowl of his favorite cinnamon sugar-striped cereal. As he began filling a second bowl, “something plopped out of the box,” he said in an interview. “I picked it up, and I was like, ‘This is clearly a shrimp tail.’” He looked in the bag and saw what appeared to be another tail. Both were encrusted with sugar.

 

 

 

 

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