T LOunge for March 30th, 2021

Posted on March 30, 2021

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Ooooh, we’re feeling all sleek and moody looking at today’s LOunge. Let those be your buzzwords today. If it’s not making you feel sleek or moody, leave it till tomorrow. Because today is TUESDAY, the high holy day of procrastination. And if we’re saying something like that, you can bet we have some deadlines we’re supposed to hit fairly soon.

As has become our way during lockdown, we’re observing a holiday with far more rigor than we would have in the past. When you don’t have kids, things like Easter baskets don’t tend to be part of your yearly ritual schedule, but in a final gasp of “Let’s do what we can to make it special this year,” there is candy afoot. Lots of it. More than two grown men should have in their house. This is bad. We just got over the whole stress-eating thing and now we’re going to have a literal basket of candy sitting on our dining room table for… well, let’s be honest. It won’t be for long.

Anyway, that’s today’s daily T Lo drama. Come back tomorrow to hear us whine about something else! Until then, talk amongst yourselves and sample from today’s Buffet of Distractions.

 

Prince William Named the “World’s Sexiest Bald Man” — and the Internet Disagrees
Particularly, Stanley Tucci stans.

A new survey has decidedly crowned Prince William as the world’s sexiest bald man, however, the internet has its doubts about the accuracy of this study.
According to The Sun, researchers at the surgical group Longevita found that the Duke of Cambridge’s name and the keyword “sexy” came up in Google searches and articles 17.6 million times, beating out Mike Tyson who came in second place, as well as Jason Staham, Pitbull, and Michael Jordan, who completed the list’s top five men.

 

How Beverly Cleary Fans Sweetly Paid Tribute To The Late Author On Twitter
“It’s the kind of writing that enacts its own emotional transformation, carrying the reader through that storm of fury so they can emerge a little better, a little wiser,” Kathryn VanArendonk wrote of Cleary’s work in Vulture. “As a kid reading it independently, it’s as powerful as the close third person in an Austen novel, enveloping you in Ramona’s emotions and her eventual, longed-for release. But because of my own first experiences with Cleary, and because of how much I have treasured reading her work out loud to my own daughter, I’m especially overwhelmed by what that third person voice does when it’s read aloud by a parent. That direct, firm, Cleary narrative voice pulls us close to Ramona, too. We become her again.”

 

Outlander Season 6: Everything We Know
We’re looking down the barrel of the longest Droughtlander yet, but the beloved cast and crew of Outlander are intent on keeping us apprised of the latest from set (and, er, Zoom) in the meantime.
On Monday, March 29, the Outlander Twitter account premiered a minute-long video teasing Outlander season 6. In addition to new behind-the-scenes footage, the cast teases “new faces, new families…lots of new characters, lots of new relationships, lots of potential drama.”

 

A Mother, A Son, and A Wartime Secret
Selma had no social media presence and no listed phone number, but a $4.99 People Search brought up an address in upstate New York. I wrote her a letter, dropped it in a mailbox, and hoped for the best. I had heard that she wanted to put the past behind her and I didn’t know if she would want to talk to me. It had been more than 20 years.
Three days later, my phone rang. Selma wanted to see me.
To protect her privacy, I am not naming the town she lives in, and Selma is a pseudonym. I had not seen her since 1996 when I was reporting a story for Newsweek about rape and the children born from it during the war in Bosnia.

 

How the “Back Doors” Depicted in the Operation Varsity Blues Documentary Really Work
Rich parents can buy their kids acceptance into top-tier universities, and they can do it legally.

The “back door” method is legal, but whether or not it’s ethical depends on whom you ask. Billionaires have lots of money—why not donate it toward an educational institution? And if their kid gets into college because of it, what’s the harm done?
The problem is that the “back door” points out just another way in which income inequality provides opportunities for some students and none for others, which further stretches the income gap.

 

The Irregulars Star Harrison Osterfield on Expanding the World of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes has had his share of time on screen. He’s been played by Robert Downey Jr., Johnny Lee Miller, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen, and Henry Cavill, just to name a few, and in 2012, the Guinness Book of World Records named the fictional detective the most portrayed literary character in film and TV. But recently there’s been a boon in depictions that focus not on Holmes but instead on characters—some familiar to audiences, others new—a bit further out in his orbit.
The Irregulars opens a door to a part of a world we already know. Sherlock Holmes and Watson are there, but these characters handle a different kind of mystery.

 

It’s the Year of Pâte de Fruit
The pretty, old-school candy is suddenly cool.

Pâte de fruit, the traditional French confection of dense, chewy, usually cubed fruit paste, is finally getting the love it has always deserved. A frequent component on the dessert petit fours plate served at French restaurants, and a Christmastime novelty at high-end pâtisseries, the fruit jellies have been, for decades, an old-school treat, rarely taking the spotlight. When writing about it in 2014, Michael Liaskonis, the Creative Director of New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education, didn’t hesitate to call it “boring.”
But, due to the pandemic, which left many out-of-work chefs with excess time (and a public craving comforting sweets), pâte de fruit is becoming exciting in America all of a sudden—exciting enough to be offered as a mystery “surprise me” addition to the chocolate boxes that high-end chocolatier andSons sends its customers, hip enough to be infused with CBD, and eclectic enough to be flavored with mezcal.

 

Noma Dumezweni Is Hollywood’s Newest It Girl
The powerhouse actress has built an enviable resumé—but she’s still getting used to her own success.

At 51, she’s one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses, following a rare successful crossover from theater to film and television. “The universe seems to be delivering really lovely surprises, which I am really grateful for but I would never [have] put in my narrative,” she says, lounging on a mustard-yellow sofa in her sunlit Manhattan apartment. She’s as warm and unexpected as her surroundings, even as she spills coffee—a stark departure from her cool, calm, and collected demeanor as Haley Fitzgerald in last year’s standout The Undoing. The role cemented her boldfaced-name status and was a natural entrée to her next project, Made for Love. In the HBO Max dark comedy, premiering April 1, Dumezweni plays Fiffany, a marine biologist with a unique affinity for the subjects she studies. Here, she speaks candidly about conquering impostor syndrome, her love-hate relationship with social media, and why she’s glad she found success later in life.

 

Royal Sibling Relationships Have Always Been Complicated
Famed royal biographer Andrew Morton has covered the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex, Wallis Simpson, and, perhaps most notably, the Princess of Wales in his debut book Diana: Her True Story. For his latest tome, his gaze shifts to Queen Elizabeth, her younger sister Princess Margaret, and their sometimes-fraught relationship in Elizabeth and Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters, out March 30. According to the book, young Elizabeth once told her governess that “Margaret always wants what I’ve got.” And Margaret, in her fifties, once remarked that she was “still playing second best after all these years, I guess I’ll be second best to my grave.”

 

How Cynthia Erivo Became a Singular Red Carpet Risk Taker
Has Cynthia Erivo single-handedly kept red carpet fashion alive amid the pandemic? Well, no—but it’s certainly sometimes felt like that over the course of the past year. The Oscar nominee established her sense of style just a month before the virus kicked into high gear, taking risk after risk while promoting the 2020 biopic Harriet. At that point, fans already knew Erivo for her self-expression; her hair and makeup concepts have always been gorgeously idiosyncratic, and she’s worn a septum ring on the red carpet for years. Between all that and the stylist Jason Bolden, Erivo is now a certified red carpet hit. See for yourself, with looks ranging from fluorescent green Valentino to swaths of Schiaparelli couture.

 

Elizabeth Loftus Changed the Meaning of Memory
The psychologist taught us that what we remember is not fixed, but her work collides with our traumatized moment.

Loftus, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, is the most influential female psychologist of the twentieth century, according to a list ­compiled by the Review of General Psychology. Her work helped usher in a paradigm shift, rendering obsolete the archival model of memory—the idea, dominant for much of the twentieth century, that our memories exist in some sort of mental library, as literal representations of past events. According to Loftus, who has published twenty-four books and more than six hundred papers, memories are reconstructed, not replayed. “Our representation of the past takes on a living, shifting reality,” she has written. “It is not fixed and immutable, not a place way back there that is preserved in stone, but a living thing that changes shape, expands, shrinks, and expands again, an amoeba-­like creature.”

 

My husband, the carnivore
Vegetarianism is one of my core values. How do I square that with my meat-eating husband?

While we both love food, we don’t see eye to eye on the ethics behind it or, perhaps better put, I have a real passion for the environmental and humane aspects behind my eating, while his take is more along the lines of, “I love hot dogs.”
I’ve been eating vegetarian for more than a decade — well before Ben and I first met — while Ben’s appreciation for a fine Jersey pork roll has maybe only strengthened over the years. Still, the respect we have for each other’s food autonomy has allowed us to find compromise, and even love.

 

Nike sues over Lil Nas X’s ‘unauthorized Satan Shoes’
‘Consumers… believe that Nike is endorsing satanism.’

Nike has sued internet collective MSCHF for selling “unauthorized Satan Shoes” in collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X. The shoe company says MSCHF infringed on its trademarks by selling limited-edition custom Nikes that were allegedly modified with a drop of human blood. Since the Satan Shoes (as they are officially called) were announced last week, Nike claims they’ve harmed its reputation, “including among consumers who believe that Nike is endorsing satanism.” It’s asking for the shoes to be destroyed and for MSCHF to pay financial damages.

 

The jewels of Napoléon’s adoptive daughter, Princess Stephanie Napoléon, for sale at Christie’s
To mark the bicentenary of the French leader’s death, the auction house is selling nine pieces that belonged to the niece of his wife, Josephine

It has been 200 years next month since the death of Emperor Napoléon, the French military and political leader who led the country following the French revolution from 1804-1814. In a fabulous case of serendipitous timing, Christie’s has also recently acquired the jewels of his adoptive daughter, Stephanie de Beauharnais, with nine pieces set to be auctioned on 12 May. The parure includes one tiara, one collier, one pair of earrings, two pendants and brooches as well as one ring and one bracelet, all made in sapphires and diamonds.

 

 

 

 

 

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