T LOunge for April 1st, 2021

Posted on April 01, 2021

Kämp Bar – Helsinki, Finland

 

Shall we get just a weensy-bit formal today, kittens? Why not? It’s not as if it requires any extra effort on anyone’s part. Today is THURSDAY and we declare that all drinks must be hoisted with the pinkie out, as God and all civilized people intended.

No news to report on the T Lo homefront we’re afraid. Just boring dealing-with-the-wait stuff. We’re all living in a countdown now. Like a weird reverse-Advent.

Anyway, we’re heading out into the wild to bang on drums and scare up content, so chat amongst yourselves about anything at all. Why, here are some suggestions, in case you’re bereft of topics:

 

The Other Side Of Indian Matchmaking: The Indian Divorce
What you don’t see after a perfect union on the Netflix reality dating series: the lonely Indian divorce.
My divorce threatened a separation with not just my husband, but also my parents and culture. I did not see my parents for a year. My father declared that he would not enter a home where the man of the house was not living, as divorce was against his values. As joint spokesperson, my mother declared that my divorce was “the price we pay for coming to America.”

 

Do Not Put Harriet Tubman On The $20 Bill
Putting Harriet’s likeness on currency is an insult to both her and her legacy.

I now have a better understanding of white supremacy, anti-Blackness, and our government’s commitment to upholding these two evils. So when the Biden administration recently announced that it would speed up the effort to print Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill after Trump had delayed the process, I was infuriated. Making Harriet Tubman the face of the $20 bill does not represent diversity and progress; it signifies our government’s commitment to not seeing African Americans, and all Black Americans, free.

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Former Clerk On The ‘Notorious’ Late Justice And Her Enduring Legacy
RBG and Amanda Tyler completed Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue just weeks before the Supreme Court Justice’s passing.

In a year when the global pandemic has eroded gender equality more than ever, Justice, Justice is as much about filling gaps in American women’s history as it is about underscoring the impact Ginsburg made on sex-based discrimination in the law and beyond. What’s most striking in reading Ginsburg’s work is that in an effort to change the law, she was really changing the way people thought about society, whether it was unequal pay or subsections of the Voting Rights Act. The law was simply her weapon of choice.

 

Zola: Everything We Know So Far
Based upon a story told in 148 tweets, Zola will finally hit theaters this summer.

The story starts when Zola meets fellow stripper Jessica at Hooters. The pair exchange numbers, and Jessica soon invites Zola on a trip to Florida to make some money. While previous stripping trips had netted some serious cash, Zola quickly realizes that Jessica’s invite is too good to be true. Mix in some prostitution, a suicide attempt, a murder arrest, and a slew of unexpected guests, and you have the makings of the next Hustlers or Spring Breakers.

 

Amanda Seyfried Will Play Theranos’s Elizabeth Holmes in TV Series The Dropout
The Hulu show will be based on the hit podcast of the same name.

On the heels of the success of HBO’s documentary on the ill-fated (and allegedly fraudulent) company Theranos, Hulu is getting some Elizabeth Holmes content of its own. Here’s what we know about the upcoming miniseries, The Dropout.
It will star Amanda Seyfried.
While Kate McKinnon was originally slated to play Holmes, the role was recently recast, with Seyfried replacing the Saturday Night Live cast member. Seyfried will also be a producer on the project.

 

The 2021 Wine Lover’s Guide
61 bottles, regions, and winemakers you need to know now.

The past two decades have seen vast changes in the world of wine. Before 2000, the classics were clear: classified Bordeaux, grand cru Burgundy, top Champagnes, Napa Valley Cabernet, a few others. Now, overlooked grapes like Chenin Blanc are standards, volcanic terroirs are hot spots (literally, for Mount Etna), natural wine provokes passionate debate, and many winemakers well below legal age in 2000 have become top talents in the field. So while the old benchmarks are still vital—don’t turn down Pétrus if someone hands you a glass—here are the regions, grapes, and trends helping to define the new wine world. Seek them out: They’ll tell you about what wine is today and where it’s headed—and they also happen to be delicious.

Syrian Journalists Reflect on Covering a Decade-Long War
Five women who have lived under the shadow of civil war tell us how and why they risk their lives regularly to document what’s happening in their country.

March marks the 10th anniversary of the Syria conflict, which began when President Bashar al-Assad’s military crushed nonviolent, pro-democracy protests in the southern city of Daraa. In the 10 years since, this civil conflict has killed more than 500,000 and driven 12 million people from their homes, according to the Syria Campaign, a human-rights advocacy group. In the past decade, we have read searing stories of conditions in displacement camps (some of which have grown from a few tents to semipermanent cities) and of efforts by White Helmets, volunteers who wrest victims from the rubble after air strikes rain down on cities. We’ve watched the horrific video of civilians exposed to prohibited chemical weapons. The Syrian government withheld humanitarian aid, while anti-government groups attacked government-held areas and prevented civilians from fleeing.
As active conflict decreases, Russia and Syria have called for refugees to return, and the Syrian government has passed laws to facilitate reconstruction, but watchers say human rights are still being violated. We reached out to five women who have been telling the stories they’ve been witnessing around them and documenting the country’s difficult way forward.

 

Giorgio Armani on Fashion’s Future—And Why He’s Not Slowing Down
The Armani argument is essentially that when everything has gone mad, safe but top-notch design can be revolutionary—and empower a woman to do revolutionary things like, say, take down the British monarchy. When Meghan Markle needed to suit up for war with the House of Windsor, she chose a black silk Armani wrap dress printed with a white lotus flower.
“My work has one single goal: giving women the inner strength that comes with being at ease, with who they are and what they are wearing,” Mr. Armani, who approved of the dress beforehand, tells me when I circle back after the Oprah interview. “I am flattered that one of my dresses was chosen for such an important occasion—it means my work truly speaks.”

 

Former London home of Diana, Princess of Wales to be granted English Heritage Blue Plaque
The late People’s Princess is one of six women whose lives are being celebrated by the initiative

It’s hard to imagine, almost 25 years after her tragic death, but this year on 1 July would have been Diana, Princess of Wales’ 60th birthday. The occasion is set to be marked by a new statue of the royal, commissioned by her sons Princes William and Harry, which will be unveiled at Kensington Palace in the summer. Yet there is also another new way that Diana is to be remembered, as one of six women being awarded a Blue Plaque by English Heritage.
Others whose lives will be remembered by a Blue Plaque include Helena Normanton, a pioneering lawyer who was the first woman in England to practise at the bar, the crystallographer Kathleen Lonsdale, fashion designer Jean Muir, anti-slavery campaigner Ellen Craft and Caroline Norton, who fought for fairer divorce laws for women in the 19th century. The move is part of a drive to increase the number of Plaques for women, after it was revealed that they only make up 14 per cent of the total number. There are to be 12 new Blue Plaques this year, with six for women.

Female Expression in a 15th-Century Manuscript
This illumination captures Queen Dido, the legendary founder of the city-state of Carthage in the 9th century BC. Her lover, Aeneas, has abandoned her and she holds a cloth to her eyes, which are red-rimmed from weeping, while his ship sails away in the background. Her rage and despair lead her to throw herself on her former lover’s sword. What the viewer may not notice at first is the sheet on which she writes. According to the text, Dido wrote a letter to Aeneas about how he had treated her, before she took her life.

 

The Louvre just put its entire 480,000 piece art collection online for free
You don’t have to fly to Paris to see the Mona Lisa anymore: not with the Louvre’s new online platform, Louvre Collections.
The museum has digitized a staggering number of artworks, with some 480,000 pieces that are now accessible for free on the newly-launched online platform.
The platform can be thought of as an online exhibit of paintings, engravings, sketches, objects, and sculptures from the entirety of the museum’s galleries. It also documents images of statues from the nearby Tuileries and Carrousel gardens.
The museum’s eight departments are showcased in full, and art lovers will be able to view a variety of pieces, from Renaissance sculptures to Egyptian art.

 

America Ruined My Name for Me
So I chose a new one.

People have always told me not to change my name. Some insisted that they liked it: Bich, a Vietnamese name, given to me in Saigon, where I was born and where the name is quite ordinary. When my family named me, they didn’t know that we would become refugees eight months later and that I would grow up in Michigan in the nineteen-eighties, in the conservative, mostly white, west side of the state, where girls had names like Jennifer, Amy, and Stacy. A name like Bich (pronounced “Bic”) didn’t just make me stand out—it made me miserably visible. “Your name is what?” people would ask. “How do you spell that?” Sometimes they would laugh in my face. “You know what your name looks like, right? Did your parents really name you that?”

 

Tiara of the Month: The Valkyrie Tiara, on display at the V&A Dundee from May
Inspired by the female figure of Norse myth, these elegant, winged-tiaras enjoyed a vogue in the late 19th century, with this example once owned by the first (and last) Marquess of Crewe

In Norse mythology a Valkyrie is a female figure who gets to choose who lives or dies on the battlefield. The story was celebrated in Wagner’s opera Der Ring des Nibelungen in the instantly recognisable third act – The Ride of the Valkyries – which was first performed in 1870, sparking a fashion for all things Viking.

 

Why Satanic Panic never really ended
The collective fears that consumed the US in the 1980s and ’90s are still alive and well — all the way through QAnon and beyond.

Perhaps the most common misunderstanding about “Satanic Panic” — the societal fear of the occult that troubled the US and other parts of the world throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s — is that it ever ended.
One of the most famous, prolonged mass media scares in history, Satanic Panic was characterized at its peak by fearful media depictions of godless teenagers and the deviant music and media they consumed. This, in turn, led to a number of high-profile criminal cases that were heavily influenced by all the social hysteria. Most people associate the Satanic Panic with so-called “satanic ritual abuse,” a rash of false allegations made against day care centers in the ’80s, and with the case of the West Memphis Three in the ’90s, in which three teenagers whose wrongful conviction on homicide charges was based on little more than suspicion over their goth lifestyles.

 

Is It Time for an Enid Collins Revival?
Generation Etsy has dusted off the wooden box handbags she designed in the 1960s. And now her son, Jeep, is publishing a memoir.

If the handbag is indeed going the way of the hat — not an item we need, as a year of quarantine proved, but a flourish, a fillip, a pick-me-up — then Enid Collins, a prolific accessories designer of the last century, was prescient. “Make something good, something with personality, glamorize it like hell, and then get up and brag about it loudly!” she wrote once, laying out her winning formula to a relative.
Collins was best known in the 1960s for her “conversation starter” wooden purse in the form of a shallow lunchbox: painted or screen printed with flora and fauna, bedazzled with costume jewels and other embellishments, and punctuated with coy epigrams like “Daisies Won’t Tell.” A “Money Tree” series, often bedecked with fake coins, proved particularly popular; “After all, who doesn’t need it?” as she noted wryly in the letter.

 

 

 

 

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