T LOunge for May 3rd, 2021

Posted on May 03, 2021

Serra Bar, Restaurant and Lounge – Brussels, Belgium


STIMULATION is what we need today and subsequently, it’s what today’s LOunge has to offer in spades. We need color and sound and texture and movement in order to get our motors running today. This is typically the least productive week of our year, coming as it does a week after awards season ended. One of these years we’re going to remember to book a vacation for this week, although that’s not much of a consideration right now. On the other hand, we just booked tickets and rooms in Las Vegas for the end of June and kittens in the surrounding area are advised to clear their calendars, because it looks like we may have an actual book tour date. We say “looks like” because it’ll be a long time before we take any plans for granted. When Jessica Walter died last month, a quote of hers made the rounds which we have since come to adopt ourselves: “I never believe I have the job until Wardrobe calls me and asks me my size.” Words to live by.

Anyway, today is MONDAY. Yuck.

We’re off to scare up some content (and get that Drag Race Down Under recap posted), so chat amongst yourselves. Discussion prompts:



How Period Dramas Cast Their Castles
When movies and TV series like Shadow and Bone film in real-life palaces, it isn’t always a fairy tale.

It’s a challenge nearly all projects that want to capture historical grandeur face. In a recent discussion about filming at Britain’s historic sites, Harvey Edgington, Head of Filming and Locations for the UK National Trust, said to find a location conducive to filming, one has to ask a litany of very specific questions. “Does it look great on screen? Yes, it does. Has it got the right atmosphere? Technically, is it possible? Sometimes somebody will send me a photograph and they’ll say that room looks great, but it’s on the first floor. How are we going to light it with all the lighting outside? So, there’s those kinds of practical things happening as well.”


29 Sweet Photos of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis Taken By Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge is known for her skills behind the camera.

It’s an understatement to say that the British royal family knows the importance of a photo opp, and milestones are rarely left undocumented. But given how seriously the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take their children’s privacy it only makes sense that when it comes to their kids, they like to control the narrative whenever possible.
And so, Kate, an amateur photographer, former art history student, and the patron of the Royal Photographic Society, is often credited with taking the portraits of her children that are released on birthdays, the first day of school, and other special occasions.


“It’s All About What Makes You Feel Good”: Billie Eilish On New Music, Power Dynamics, And Her Internet-Breaking Transformation
Voice of a generation. Avatar of internet mega-fame. Icon of body positivity. A lot rests on Billie Eilish’s 19-year-old shoulders. The pop superstar speaks up about her latest transformation, new music and living life on her own terms.

Her successes still feel personal to her fans. They don’t have a name (like Swifties) – Eilish’s stardom reflects the contrary teenage aspiration to be validated for your differences. She created an instantly identifiable silhouette in capacious, rap-influenced couture that made a mystery of her body. Her interests reflected the wide splatter of the teenage-girl heart: horror films, Justin Bieber, sports cars, Peggy Lee, gross-out humour, racial justice. Unlike previous generations of teen pop stars deprived of control over their identity, she sanitises nothing, singing of dying friends, suicidal ideation and the climate crisis. “I don’t think there’s ever been such a young pop artist to write songs that are so personal,” Elton John tells me. “Billie Eilish’s songs come from within her. She reminds me of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan – a totally old soul from a vocal point of view. She doesn’t sound like anybody today.”


10 Music Videos That Deserve A Place In Modern Fashion History
From Beyoncé in Gucci to Harry Styles’s ’70s suits, Amy Winehouse’s ballet pumps to Courtney Love’s ’90s grunge dresses – here are some of the most important looks to define how we dress.

Musicians and designers have long been creatively connected, providing a muse for each other via album covers and lookbooks, runway shows and photoshoots. Some of the most important moments in fashion have been captured via the lens of directors such as David LaChapelle, David Fincher, Melina Matsoukas and Hype Williams.
During the ’80s and ’90s in particular, the music video is where we learned how to dress, from Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier to Courtney Love’s gorgeous grunge and rappers such as Tupac Shakur empowering Black-owned brands including Cross Colours, FUBU and Karl Kani.


Where Did Writing Come From?
The rise, fall, and rediscovery of cuneiform

In a world in which immediate access to words and information is taken for granted, it is hard to imagine a time when writing began. Archaeological discoveries in ancient Mesopotamia (now mostly modern Iraq) show the initial power and purpose of writing, from administrative and legal functions to poetry and literature.


Olympia Dukakis, Oscar Winner for ‘Moonstruck,’ Dies at 89
The veteran stage actress also appeared in ‘Steel Magnolias,’ ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus’ and as a transgender landlady four times on ‘Tales of the City.’
Olympia Dukakis, the dignified actress who received a supporting Oscar for her performance as Cher’s nitpicking Brooklyn mother in Moonstruck, died Saturday. She was 89.
Dukakis died in New York, her brother Apollo wrote on Facebook. “After many months of failing health she is finally at peace and with her [husband] Louis.”


Cher, Dolly Parton and More Pay Tribute to Olympia Dukakis: ‘An Actor’s Actor’
With the news of Dukakis’ death, Hollywood flocked to social media to express similar sentiments and pay their respects to the character actors’ illustrious legacy. Dukakis died on Saturday at age 89 in New York City. “After many months of failing health she is finally at peace and with her Louis,” brother Apollo Dukakis wrote in Facebook post.
Cher, who starred in “Moonstruck,” the film for which Dukakis’ won her Academy Award, paid tribute on Twitter. “Olympia Dukakis Was an Amazing,Academy Award Winning Actress. Olympia Played My Mom In Moonstruck,& Even Though Her Part was That Of a Suffering Wife, We😂ALL The Time.She Would Tell Me How MUCH She Loved Louis,Her”Handsome Talented,Husband”.I Talked To Her 3Wks Ago. Rip Dear One,” she wrote. Later, she added that she recently spoke on the phone with Dukakis, who was “weak but happy.”


How Pose’s Costume Designer Poured Blood, Sweat, and Glitz Into 3 Seasons
Analucia McGorty shares a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking series before its final season premieres.

“In the ‘90s there was a little bit more power for women. I definitely tried to bring that in with our characters,” McGorty says. “I went all out for her this season. It is Elektra beyond Elektra. I could literally put her in anything and she just screams glamour. It’s almost harder to bring her down in moments because she, as an actress and as a person, is just royalty. I wanted to make it look like she was in a fashion magazine at all times, even if she’s standing on a corner—even when she’s a dominatrix.”


Facebook and the Normalization of Deviance
The trouble with waiting to address problems long after you know that they exist.

When the sociologist Diane Vaughan came up with the term “the normalization of deviance,” she was referring to nasa administrators’ disregard of the flaw that caused the Challenger space shuttle to explode, in 1986. The idea was that people in an organization can become so accepting of a problem that they no longer consider it to be problematic. (In the case of the Challenger, nasa had been warned that the shuttle’s O-rings were likely to fail in cold temperatures.) Consider Facebook: for years, its leadership has known that the social network has abetted political polarization, social unrest, and even ethnic cleansing. More recently, it has been aware that its algorithms have promoted misinformation and disinformation campaigns about covid-19 and vaccines. Over the past year, the company made piecemeal attempts to remove false information about the pandemic, issuing its most comprehensive ban in February. An analysis last month by the nonprofit group First Draft, however, found that at least thirty-two hundred posts making unfounded claims about covid-19 vaccines had been posted after the February ban. Two weeks ago, the top post on Facebook about the vaccines was of Tucker Carlson, on Fox News, “explaining” that they don’t work.


The day Dawson cried
An oral history of the Dawson crying GIF and its outsized legacy.

You’ve seen the clip: James Van Der Beek dissolving into exquisitely artificial tears, his lustrous blond hair blowing in the creekside breeze as his face crumples like a discarded gum wrapper. It’s the reaction gif of absurd sorrow, of tragedy so overwrought as to be funny. It’s dawsoncrying.gif.
Crying Dawson ruled the internet comment sections of the late ’00s and early ’10s. It’s “on the Mount Rushmore of GIFs,” says TV critic Sarah D. Bunting. It was, for a while, the sight that greeted you if you navigated to a broken URL on the Huffington Post. Van Der Beek himself recreated the GIF in 2011 for Funny or Die and gave it a second life. Anyone who’s been even remotely online in the past decade or so knows it.


Some animals are more equal than others
Americans love cats and dogs. Other animals? It’s complicated.

How can you love some animals but eat others?
It’s a question posed frequently by vegan activists, often accompanied by a picture of a cute dog or cat juxtaposed with an equally adorable pig or cow.
Yet, as compelling as the argument may be to activists, the meat-heavy diet of most Americans reveals that the public remains untroubled by the question. Or, as one popular meme argues in response, “Because one is a friend and one is bacon.”


The OG ‘disaster girl’ just made $500k off her meme
Now at university, Zoë Roth – who was pictured smirking as she watched a building burn as a child – has sold the original photo as an NFT

Zoë Roth, the girl in the ‘disaster girl’ meme, has just made half a million dollars after selling the original photo as an NFT.
The notorious image was taken by Roth’s father in 2005 when she was just four years old, and depicts her smirking at the camera as a house fire blazes in the background. According to The New York Times, firefighters intentionally set the fire – though it doesn’t say why – and allowed neighbouring children to hold the hose, explaining Roth’s calm demeanour.
After being submitted to a photo contest in 2007, the photo went viral, being edited into various disasters throughout history. Now in her final year of university, 21-year-old Roth has taken back control of her face by selling it as a nonfungible token. The meme sold for 180 Ether (a form of cryptocurrency), which equates to around $500k, to a user called @3FMusic. As she retained the copyright, Roth will receive 10 per cent of all future sales.


A Year of Cooking With My Mother
I’ve eaten her food my whole life. This pandemic made me realize how much I didn’t know about her process.

Let the record show that I make a terrible roommate. I can still hear my mother’s voice as she encountered the sink full of dishes, the counter spilling over with spices and syrups: “I can’t live like this!”

About nine months ago, I moved back home to Atlanta to write a cookbook with my mother, Jean. A couch-surfing freeloader, I was only supposed to be there for a couple of months to work on the kimchi chapter, a selection of heirloom recipes I would never have been able to develop over the phone from New York, where I live now. But as each month passed, I found more and more excuses to stay.

By cooking with Jean in such a structured, quotidian way, I was able to stop time, a compelling state for an anxious mind like mine. I could finally slow down and ask her questions about the foods we ate when I was growing up. What I didn’t know was that I was entering a master class in Korean home cooking.





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