T LOunge for May 26th, 2021

Posted on May 26, 2021

The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie – Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England


It’s a day for gossipy little groupings, don’t you find? Choose your whisper-mates for the day and settle into a booth. There are plenty of items of little import to discuss, so you better get down to it. Today is Wednesday, which is cause for some sort of minor celebration. Drinks and nibblies are on us. Discussion prompts can be found on the tables in front of you (or below). Attractive wait staff will hover but never bother. We’re off to harvest content from the content fields, darlings. Enjoy the LOunge and chat amongst yourselves.


Inside the Unique, Unexpected Friendship of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift
An exclusive excerpt from a new dual biography details a relationship that became a Hollywood legend.

It is said that when Montgomery Clift discovered who his love interest in A Place in the Sun would be, he exclaimed, “Who the hell is Elizabeth Taylor?” The comment was more likely a putdown of the notion of a “Hollywood star” than a real question. It is unlikely he didn’t know who the lovely 17-year-old actress was. Everybody in the country, if not the world, did. Still, in spite of her glamour and fame, a personality like Elizabeth represented everything that he despised about Hollywood. In Monty’s view, she was a commodity rather than a serious actress.


The Resilience of Amy Tan
The groundbreaking author of Joy Luck Club reflects on her legacy, channeling generational trauma into her writing, and confronting racism at its root.

There are the attacks that were placed on me or my writing by people within our own Asian community. We have to get rid of the notion of what “model minority” means. That is why people think we’re homogenous, that we believe the same things, think of our representation as all being the same. There are people, for example, like Frank Chin early on, who attacked me and David Henry Hwang and Maxine Hong Kingston—anybody who had the limelight. And they were frustrated, obviously, because they felt that we were not depicting Chinese people accurately. But there is no accurate representation by any one person.
It bothered me, but it goes along with the same types of comments I’ve received in the past. “Where did you learn English? You hardly have an accent.” They hear an accent because they expect an accent. Only with this man, he was assuming I came from China. So with a person like that, who’s got some degree of ignorance about people who are different, where will he go with that ignorance in the future? Is he the kind of person who would say, “I’m not racist. In fact, I’m very good friends with Amy Tan. She and I discussed things in China and she would agree that COVID is an invention of the Chinese people just as they invented fireworks and wonton”? This is the kind of pernicious attitude that can lead into full-blown racism in a very volatile situation like the COVID pandemic. We need to understand that if we’re going to make any headway.


Returning To The Black Hair Salon Felt Like Coming Home
My salon helped to mold me into the woman I am today.

The Black hair salon has always been a familiar place to me. After struggling to do my hair herself due to my tender-headedness, my mother took me to the beauty salon. I spent my first time at the salon in tears, screaming in agony as I got my hair braided. Hours later, I begged my Mom not to go back, but still, she took me every other Saturday. I would think of it as a “Mommy and Me” day—my brothers typically stayed home, and these outings were the few days a month I had my Mother all to myself—but I still didn’t realize yet the vast impact that going to a Black salon would have on my life.


Know Your Place at the Cookout
A working hierarchy of who gets to do what, from grocery run to grill duty.

I have conducted decades of research on cookout etiquette and their significance to Black folks. Cookouts mark time, people, and space. We take record of who attends and who is no longer with us. We pull out dominoes or “bones” and worn-in cards for Spades, Bidwhist, or Tonk. Food is presented, judged, and celebrated. Generations are marked by a particular recipe, grilling method, or side dish, and labor is multi-tiered love and community-building. However, be clear: people are also marked by their assigned task, an invisible tattoo that shows their rank beyond “cookout attendee.”


Elton John Remains Music’s Most Fantastical Star
It’s impossible to ignore Elton John. The musician has a repertoire of outfits that have become as famous as his hits. During the five decades he’s spent in the spotlight, John has created a style so recognizable you can sum it up in three words: glasses, glitter, and glamour.
While his contemporaries were delving into glam rock’s androgyny, John developed a look attuned to his personality and upbringing in Pinner, Middlesex. As opulent as his looks could be, John selected his outfits based on their playfulness. He kept the mood light with his ability to be as at ease dressed as Donald Duck or the Statue of Liberty as he was wearing furs and feathers. “I wasn’t glam rock. I wasn’t David Bowie,” John told Vogue in 2020. “I was me being a blokey guy wearing these clothes. I had to have humor in my costume.” These days, that means a custom Gucci wardrobe designed by Alessandro Michele, but John found ways to take fashion to new heights even at the start of his career.


Why We Send Nudes
Here, 50 women speak candidly about their first sexting experience, how nudes make them feel, and the unspoken rules.

Nudes are not an invention of the digital era — any art museum is proof of that. Neither is dirty talk — just read James Joyce’s wildly, er, imaginative letters to his crush. But the Internet sure has encouraged us to take the art of sexting to places our parents could have never imagined. AIM introduced the concept of cyber-flirting. Chatroulette gamified it. Snapchat pulled off a vanishing act. Leaks like Emily Ratajkowski and Kim Kardashian’s confirmed the realities of slut-shaming. Eggplant emojis provided a shorthand for requests. The AirDropped dick pic epidemic assaulted our inboxes. And the witty Urban Decay palette offered a cheeky rebuff.
Sending nudes is risky business — ask anyone who’s ever been the victim of revenge porn, or had a co-worker glance at their phone at the wrong moment. But the research says that one in five adults is willing to chance it. Alone in their bedrooms — feeling horny, bold, or in need of validation — they take pleasure in trading photos of their most vulnerable selves.


200-Year-Old Bottle of Wine Intended for Napoleon Sells for $30,000—And It’s Still Drinkable
The bottle of sweet red was re-corked in 2019 to ensure that its quality was intact.

A bottle of wine can derive its value from many things. The actual liquid inside can be renowned, as was the case with the 1945 Romanee-Conti that became the most expensive wine ever sold. Other times, the story is the selling point—like the 400-year-old bottles found in a shipwreck that were auctioned off a couple of years back. But apparently, sometimes the selling point can be what didn’t happen—as was the case with a bottle of Grand Constance 1821 that was earmarked for Napoleon Bonaparte but never reached his lips. Over the weekend, the rare bottle sold for about $30,000.


A New Modeling Agency Hopes to Empower Indigenous Talent
It’s happened more than once to Indigenous models. When she was modeling back in the early 2000s, Joleen Mitton recalls a time when she was told to swim in chlorine water, so she could be “more pale.” A few years ago, Indigenous model Talaysay Campo was on a photo shoot and she almost didn’t recognize herself in the final images. “They photoshopped me about five shades lighter than my skin tone,” says Campo. The modeling industry has long underrepresented Indigenous faces, and when they have, accounts of racism or mistreatment have been rampant. But a new modeling agency is hoping to change that.


Ocean Floor Diamonds Are Officially a Thing
Just off the coast of Namibia, the ocean floor is scattered with… diamonds. Real, actual diamonds. Exactly like the ones you’re familiar with—the kind extracted from mines—these stones are billions of years old. But entirely unlike those diamonds, they were carried through rivers, churned through mega-storms, and eventually emptied into the Atlantic over the course of millennia. They can be plucked from the water by the human hand, “with no trace left on the environment.”


Do I Have an Aesthetic?
I’m suddenly aware of just how many hyper-specific aesthetics with handy, catchy names already exist on the internet. Overtime, “aesthetic” has evolved from an academic word and something utilized by artists and auteurs to something to categorize our own identities by. It can mean both personal style and a vague stand-in for beauty. Aimlessly scrolling on Pinterest a few months ago, I was prompted that I may also enjoy looking at “frat boy aesthetic.” How could that not pique my interest? Frat boy aesthetic turned out to be a scroll of red solo cups, beer pong, irreverent Americana, and, darkly, more than a few photos of people passed out with sharpie on their face.


Netflix Adapts Leo Tolstoy’s ‘Anna Karenina’ As First Russian Original Drama; Svetlana Khodchenkova To Star
Netflix has set a contemporary reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s iconic novel Anna Karenina as its first-ever Russian original drama series.
Titled ANNA K, the series will be produced by Moscow-based 1-2-3 Production and stars Svetlana Khodchenkova in the title role. Khodchenkova has appeared in features including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Wolverine.
The project is billed as a lavish retelling of the literary classic, set in modern Russia. It centers on Anna Karenina, the wife of the soon-to-become governor of St. Petersburg, who enters a life-changing love affair with Vronsky, the dashing heir of an aluminum empire.


A “supermoon” and a lunar eclipse are both happening on May 26. Here’s why.
The blood moon is appearing for the first time since 2019.

On May 26, the Earth will pass between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow across the moon’s surface and making it appear a deep red color for 14 minutes and 30 seconds. Around moonset — right before sunrise — the West Coast of the United States will be able to see a nearly total eclipse. Many parts of the Americas and Asia will be able to see a partial eclipse. And if you’re in Eastern Australia, you’re in luck: The entire eclipse will be visible to you.


The crypto craze epitomizes the age of meme investing
If you think you’re in on the crypto joke, the joke might be on you.

We are in the age of investing by meme. Some people are tossing tons of money into a stock or a coin not because they believe there’s something significantly different about the underlying value of the asset but because it got popular on the internet, and they think it’s funny, cool, or just something to do. They buy into the hype generated on platforms like Reddit and TikTok and join in. Crypto is the epitome of all of this — as well as all the disarray and confusion that entails.


The L’Wren Scott Collection: Celebrated designer honoured in unmissable Christie’s auction
The historic sale includes two bespoke stage jackets created by the late fashion visionary for her partner, Mick Jagger

When it comes to living glamorously, few can match up to the late L’Wren Scott. Now, in exciting news for fashion aficionados, Christie’s London has announced the upcoming L’Wren Scott Collection: a sale entirely dedicated to pieces by the acclaimed designer.
Born Laura Bambrough, the statuesque beauty left her home state of Utah as a teenager to become a model in Paris. On relocating to California in the 90s, she made waves as a top celebrity stylist, working with stars like Madonna and Julia Roberts. Then came her transition to fashion design, utilising her discerning eye and faultless taste to create an empire that spanned clothing, makeup, perfume, handbags, shoes and more. She was also quite the figure on the social scene, as the long-term partner of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger – with whom she led a jet-set life across London, New York, France and Mustique.




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