T LOunge for April 22nd, 2021

Posted on April 22, 2021

Sechser Bar – Vienna, Austria

 

A cool, dark space with plenty of ways to stimulate the senses is just what the doctor – or in this case, Lorenzo – called for today. Let’s get trippy, kittens! Why not? After all, today is THURSDAY and we can’t think of a better reason to slip the surly bonds of reality for a little while.

We can practically hear the clock ticking as our time in semi-solitary confinement comes to an end. We promised ourselves we wouldn’t be weird about jumping back into the thick of things, but there’s no denying that a full return to normal social behavior is a wee bit daunting. Still, we’re eager to get going, even if we suspect the going will be a little rocky out of the gate. So be it! The next six months are going to be one gigantic middle school dance for all of us and we should all embrace that and give ourselves a break. Let’s get awkward, people!

 

Are You Ready for a New Nut Milk?
In the beginning of the golden age of alternative milks, there was soy. Then, almond, followed swiftly by coconut. Which, frankly, didn’t taste very good in coffee, so then we all went back to almond, until we found out they were depleting our aquifers (not as much as livestock farming, but we digress!). So we switched allegiance to oat. Like really switched allegiance—Oatly’s sales were up 151 percent in 2020 and they just filed for an IPO. But the rumblings started: wait, with added oil and sugar, is oat milk actually good for you?

 

Eco-Anxiety Is Manifesting in New Moms in Crippling—and Sometimes Motivating—Ways
Waves of new mothers are experiencing intense distress over the state of the planet, but that anguish is also galvanizing them to create lasting change for future generations.

The number of Americans who are “very worried” about climate change has doubled in the past five years, and, in 2020, a poll by the American Psychiatric Association found that half of Americans are concerned about climate change’s effect on their mental health. But for some pregnant women and new mothers, grief and anxiety about climate change can come on suddenly and feel daunting.

 

Here’s Everything Coming to Netflix in May
Notting Hill, Selena: The Series Part 2, and more are heading to the streaming giant next month.

A new crop of Netflix releases is on its way.
Rom-com fans can look forward to falling in love with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in their seminal 1999 flick, Notting Hill, at the start of the month. The throwbacks continue with The Sweetest Thing, The Whole Nine Yards, and all three Back to the Future movies. The streaming giant will also be dropping new original content next month, including Selena: the Series Part 2 and Season 3 of The Kominsky Method.

 

How Harry and Meghan’s Royal Wedding Stacks Up With Will and Kate’s
They definitely did things differently!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially tied to the knot on May 19, 2018 at Windsor Castle, and their ceremony has drawn a lot of comparisons to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s back in 2011. Here’s how these two very different couples made their celebrations their own (and, yes, you can love both!).

 

A Black-Owned Hemp Farm Flourishes in Hudson Valley
For Damian Fagon, the “aha moment” came while shopping for a suit on Madison Avenue. “I went to Suitsupply, and as they were fitting me, the salesperson asked me if I wanted to try on a hemp suit,” says Fagon, who was at Columbia University working towards his graduate degree in agriculture and economics at the time. “That was the first time that I had encountered a store selling hemp-branded products.” This was back in 2015, before the big wellness boom of CBD, when hemp-based clothing was considered to be the reserve of die-hard hippies. Fagon quickly reached out to his father, a second-generation farmer from Clarendon, Jamaica, to inquire about the plant. “I talked to my dad back in Jamaica. He told me that hemp had grown there, in the wild. That was the moment that really opened my eyes to hemp.”

 

22 Mascarpone Recipes That Aren’t Tiramisu
This creamy cheese can be so much more than merely a topping for espresso-soaked ladyfingers (even though there’s always a time and place for ). Dip into mascarpone’s sweet and savory sides with these recipes that cover everything from parfaits to pasta.

 

Kate Middleton’s Baker Reveals What It’s Really Like to Make a Royal Wedding Cake
Cake maker Fiona Cairns shares her experience working on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 wedding.

On the occasion of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 10th wedding anniversary, which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will celebrate on April 29, T&C is resurfacing this story from 2018. We spoke to Fiona Cairns, the pastry chef behind the couple’s eight-tier wedding cake, who revealed what it was like working with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge—and managing the enormous pressure of baking for a royal wedding.

 

Inside the Shocking 1930s Trial of Socialite Ann Cooper Hewitt
An exclusive excerpt from the new book, The Unfit Heiress: The Tragic Life and Scandalous Sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt.

Bulbs flashed as the socialite, sporting rouge and fur, took her seat alongside her attorney, who had called a press conference in his San Francisco office. The image of the solemn-faced, per­fectly coiffed twenty-one-year-old would appear in newspapers across the country. Some, like the New York Times, would print nearly 50 stories detailing the woman’s private life—her child­hood, romantic relationships, spending habits, even the lingerie she was wearing. (It was imported from France.) It was January 1936, and heiress Ann Cooper Hewitt was suing her mother, Maryon Cooper Hewitt, in court for half a million dollars. The plaintiff claimed that her mother paid two doctors to “unsex” her during a scheduled appendectomy in order to deprive her of an inheritance from her millionaire father’s estate.

 

Grammar-Nerd Heaven
An exhibit showcases the contentious history of English grammar books.

It’s hard not to mythologize Bryan A. Garner. He is the Herakles of English usage. As a boy growing up in Texas, he lugged Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (Unabridged) to school one day to settle an argument with a teacher. When he was sixteen, he discovered “Fowler’s Modern English Usage” and swallowed it whole. By the time he was an undergraduate, he knew that he wanted to write a usage dictionary. Instead of going into academia or publishing, the traditional career paths for English majors, he went into law, a field where his prodigious language skills could have broad applications. His first usage dictionary was “Modern Legal Usage,” published in 1987. “Garner’s Modern American Usage” came out in 1998 and is in its fourth edition; with a significant tweaking of the title, it’s now “Garner’s Modern English Usage.” Move over, Henry Fowler.

 

Finding Dora Maar—A Surreal(ist) Story Told through an Address Book
Reconstructing the life of an enigmatic artist

When Brigitte Benkemoun bought a leather diary case from eBay, she did not expect to find a small address book tucked into the back. And she certainly didn’t expect that book to contain the names of some of the most renowned figures of 20th century Paris—names like André Breton, Brassaï, Jean Cocteau, and Jacques Lacan. She began researching these contacts until she uncovered the identity of the address book’s former owner: the surrealist artist Dora Maar.

 

Sustainable living: celebrate Earth Day 2021 with 40 eco-friendly tips from the best experts in the business
Sustainability once meant taking public transport rather than driving to work, and packing a plant-based lunch rather than buying a plastic-wrapped sandwich. Now, it requires this and more: think shopping at brands going the extra mile to do their bit, investing with banks that support eco-ventures, and calling for big corporations to do better.

 

Reflections of an EGOT Winner: Whoopi Goldberg on ‘Ghost’ and the 30th Anniversary of Her Oscar Triumph
Exactly 30 years to the day since Whoopi Goldberg officially became an Oscar winner, the entertainer is reliving the moment over Zoom.
Watching a clip from the 1991 Academy Awards telecast from her home in New Jersey, Goldberg breaks into a big smile as Denzel Washington opens the envelope and declares her the best supporting actress for her performance as psychic Oda Mae Brown in “Ghost.”
Listening intently, Goldberg takes in her earnest acceptance speech — which, though she’s been asked to recall the experience over the years, she hasn’t seen in a while — and shares her takeaways.

 

Law Roach Just Wants People to See His Clients as Having Great Style
The Southside of Chicago native, who has worked with everyone from Zendaya to Celine Dion, also serves as a judge on the hit HBO Max show, Legendary.

Law Roach, one of the most influential stylists working today, has always admired women with everything that they do and everything they are. As he put it, “I think being a woman is an art form.” And it is the power of women that drew him to the career of styling. As a child growing up in Chicago, Roach would watch his grandmother get dressed for church, and has long been inspired by the midcentury fashion she embodied. “You know, prior to the ’90s, I think everything was about sophistication and glamour, even if it was the easy sophistication, easy glamour,” he said. “I was just so obsessed with the way women were obsessed with their hair and the makeup with daytime dressing. So I always lean to her-story for inspiration.”

 

How men’s thighs became the new abs
Welcome to thigh guy summer. Men haven’t been skipping leg day. And this summer, they’re ready to show you.

I never believed that Helen of Troy’s face launched a thousand ships. According to the ancient Greek poet Homer, and myths that predated him, there was once a woman so beautiful that she caused a war, and even the gods, petty beings who couldn’t help themselves, picked sides in the battle.
Absurd. Plain hyperbole. I couldn’t fathom that many people willing to get into a boat, let alone 1,000 of them, willing to lose a life over a body part they have no claim to. That is, until I saw Milo Ventimiglia, his thighs, and the reaction to them.
Moments like Ventimiglia’s thighs or Winston Duke’s in his movies, “they pop off on the internet,” Jannuzzi said, explaining why he thought the interest in thighs was so vocal and so, so fervent. He also credited pop cultural touchstones like the fashion on Mad Men, especially Don Draper’s shorter swimsuits, as well as gym culture and the movements within it, as shifting men’s ideas about their own bodies in respect to masculinity and fashion.

 

 

 

 

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