T LOunge for May 7th, 2021

Posted on May 07, 2021

Peacock Mavlin Bar and Restaurant – Moscow, Russia



Today is FRIDAY and Lorenzo felt that merited a much more celebratory vibe than our usual LOunge. How can you not want to party in a space that look like that? We’ll tell you what: If we ever opened a restaurant, it wouldn’t be one of those intensely chic monochromatic spaces with minimalist flower arrangements. It would look way more like today’s space; bursting with so much color and visual interest that you have to work to taste your food. Why pay all that money if you’re not gonna have an experience?

Anyway, we’re off to podcast, newsletter, and post – all in the same day, because that’s just how these two media queens roll. Talk amongst yourselves or sit sullenly in the corner drawing knives all day! We won’t judge!


This film celebrates pioneering Yiddish drag king Pepi Littman
Paving the way for today’s vibrant drag king scene, Pepi Littman eschewed early 20th century gender norms, performing satire and dressing in traditional male hasidic garbs

RuPaul may have made drag queens superstars of the world, and drag queens of the underground and the mainstream have pushed at the boundaries of queendom with aesthetic, gender, and identity – but commercial success for drag kings hasn’t reached the scale that would yet compare to drag queendom. We worship at the altar, of Ru, Lady Bunny, Divine, but history’s drag kings have never enjoyed the same lauding. Interestingly, there have also been no fictional films made about any contemporary performers – never mind about historical figures, artists who have long been shaping a drag form that women, non-binary, and gender diverse people engage in.
A new film, Make Me a King, which is currently in development, is trying to fix that. It tells of a story of the real-life Pepi Littman, a Yiddish drag king, through the eyes of a modern, younger drag artist, ostracised by their family. The all-women team behind the film is working with women-run Unleyek production company to make it happen.


40 Years Ago, Poet Lucille Clifton Lost Her House. This Year, Her Children Bought It Back.
Celebrated poet Lucille Clifton created a vibrant home that served as a base for activists. She lost the house to foreclosure, but now, her children hope to bring it to life again.

The house on Talbot Road was sacred. In the arms of its wraparound porch, poet Lucille Clifton lived and loved and danced, along with her husband, Fred Clifton, and their six children, for more than a decade. It was at the dining room table of this house that Lucille wrote some of her most celebrated collections of poetry: Good Times (1969), Good News About the Earth (1972), An Ordinary Woman (1974), and Two-Headed Woman (1980).


Everything You’ve Ever Wondered About Egg Freezing, Answered
I froze my eggs—twice. Here are my notes about cost, hormones, pain, and results.

If it seems like a ton of people have been freezing their eggs lately, you’re on to something. The NYU Langone Fertility Center, where I did my egg freezing, reported more than a 30% increase in the number of egg freezing cycles during the pandemic. It might have something to do with the reported COVID baby bust—people aren’t having as many kids due to reasons like reduced incomes, extra stress, childless people witnessing parents on the brink, and people straight up not meeting each other to have sex and get pregnant in the first place—causing some to put parenting plans on hold. Personally, I froze my eggs in 2020 specifically because a) I had more flexibility in my schedule to take all the appointments and b) I found out I have fertility coverage through my company benefits and egg freezing is otherwise super costly. (Some people even go to other countries to freeze their eggs where it is more affordable.)


The Jet Set Style Of The ’70s Never Goes Out Of Fashion
Case in point: the lush, Jane Birkin-inspired looks of Netflix’s The Serpent.

Rachel Walsh recently traveled thirty years back in time. After costuming (alongside Adam Howe) the BBC series-turned-Netflix-hit The Serpent—based on the real-life hunt for a serial killer in Southeast Asia in the ’70s—she’s now speaking to me from the set of a project that takes place in the ’40s. But the Me Decade is still fresh in her mind—and in those of viewers, who have been particularly drawn to star Jenna Coleman’s bohemian-meets-jet-set aesthetic. The series, says Walsh, “had a unique combination of that dark quality of the story of a serial killer, mixed with the high-end historic glamour fashion. And I think that sparked people’s imaginations.”


Ariana Grande Is the Latest Celeb to Bring Back This Ugly-Cute Ring Trend
The chunky rings have been making waves on TikTok.

You may have heard that bubble rings are back — and Ariana Grande is the latest celeb to confirm their return.
The singer recently donned a shiny number from BonBonWhims, an accessories brand that creates custom “finger charms” and other nostalgic pieces (hello, fluffy bags and charm necklaces). Grande is following in the footsteps of celebs like Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa, influencers, and hoards of TikTok users who are obsessed with the 90s ring trend.


The Best Korean Dramas to Get You Completely Hooked
Wait, how is it already 2 a.m.?

If you’re not watching Korean dramas, better known as K-dramas, then you’re missing out in several ways. First, there’s the big-picture, cultural impact to consider: K-dramas have become a worldwide phenomenon, and if you’re going to be a pop culture connoisseur/productive denizen of the entertainment-loving internet—and you’re here, so you obviously are both of those things—then you need to be versed in all things K-drama. And then there’s the more important reason to watch K-dramas: They are addictive and amazing, and you’ll thank yourself for adding them to your pop culture diet.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Share a New Photo of Their Son, Archie, For His Second Birthday
He also received well-wishes from his royal family members.

It’s hard to believe little Archie Harrison Moutbatten-Windsor is already two! Today, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son is celebrating his second birthday. In honor of the special day, Meghan and Harry shared a new photo of their son on the website of their nonprofit, Archewell.
In the sepia-toned photo, taken outside, Archie is photographed from behind, holding a bouquet of balloons. He wears a sweater, jeans, and sneakers and shows off his full head of hair!


11 Brands Jackie Kennedy Loved
The First Lady adored these fashion designers, makeup brands, and jewelry houses.

There is perhaps no First Lady more iconic for her style than Jackie Kennedy. For decades, she defined what timeless American elegance could look like with her understated—but never boring—sense of style from head to toe. Naturally, her impeccable taste led her to favor certain brands, relying on them again and again to bring her ensembles together and keep her looking flawless. Here, a few of her go-tos, including the Italian-inspired sandals she couldn’t get enough of, the jewelry that helped her shine, and the beauty products she adored.


Are We Ready for an Aspic Comeback?
Meat jelly is having a moment.
Maison Nico is a new pâtisserie and market in San Francisco’s Jackson Square, where delicacies like pâté en croûte, terrine, and brioche feuilletée compete for one’s attention. Then again, everything pales in comparison to them. The lacquered, artfully layered half-domes. The aspics. If you’re not accustomed to thinking of aspic as an object of desire, chef Nicholas Delaroque aims to change that. “Most people are familiar with pâté, but the aspic is the eye-catcher,” he says. “Once people discover it, they really enjoy it.
What makes sense for a Frenchman may not to the average American. Many consider aspic, a savory meat jelly by most definitions, to be a relic of the 1950s. The dish gets its texture from slowly cooked, gelatinous animal or fish parts, which form a broth that can be clarified with egg whites. Occasionally, aspic acts as a layer in pâté or terrine. Most commonly, it is the jelly encasing cubed or shredded meat, vegetables, and sometimes fish or hard-boiled eggs. ”


Helen Mirren Helps Italy’s Vaccination Effort With ‘La Vacinada’ Video
Oscar winner Helen Mirren is helping Italy’s COVID-19 vaccination effort by appearing in a side-splitting video titled “La Vacinada,” shot with top comic Checco Zalone, that has gone viral, scoring more than 2.7 million views.
In the video, Mirren is doing some gardening on a roadside in Southern Italy, when Zalone, playing a Spaniard, stops to ask for directions and notices a mark on her arm where she’s had her jab.


The second wave of “cancel culture”
How the concept has evolved to mean different things to different people.

“Cancel culture,” as a concept, feels inescapable. The phrase is all over the news, tossed around in casual social media conversation; it’s been linked to everything from free speech debates to Mr. Potato Head.
It sometimes seems all-encompassing, as if all forms of contemporary discourse must now lead, exhaustingly and endlessly, either to an attempt to “cancel” anyone whose opinions cause controversy or to accusations of cancel culture in action, however unwarranted.
In the rhetorical furor, a new phenomenon has emerged: the weaponization of cancel culture by the right.


The inadequacy of the term “Asian American”
The label aspires to unify a wide range of communities with common cause and shared experiences. But many feel it flattens and erases entire cultures.

While Asian American was a term established by activists in the 1960s as a means to build political power, it’s also been criticized for obscuring the immense diversity among those it purports to cover, centering East Asians and preventing specific ethnic groups from getting the policy support they need. Asian Americans not only have the largest income gap of any racial group but also massive health care, education, and economic disparities that rarely get addressed. Cambodian refugees like Suong, and Southeast Asians in particular, are among those who’ve been overlooked: 19 percent of Cambodians live in poverty in the US, compared to 12 percent of Asian people and 15 percent of all people.


From Chatsworth to Temple de la Gloire, the grandest houses that were once home to the Mitford sisters
The formidable 20th century sisters who each forged their own path lived in some marvellous historic abodes between Ireland, Oxfordshire and France

Ahead of the much anticipated release of Emily Mortimer’s BBC adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love, Tatler rounds up the grandest houses in which the all-powerful Mitford sisters – Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Deborah – have called home. From Asthall Manor, the Mitford’s rural idyll of a childhood home in Oxfordshire to Derbyshire’s stately Chatsworth House, where Deborah ‘Debo’ Mitford lived when she married Lord Andrew Cavenish, later becoming the Duchess of Devonshire.


The UK stately homes used as filming locations in The Pursuit of Love
The grand locations in the BBC’s latest period drama

It’s the BBC’s new three-part Sunday night mini-series, replacing the Line of Duty void, with lavish costumes and even grander locations. Based on Nancy Mitford’s 1945 novel of the same name, The Pursuit of Love follows the lives of an upper-class family after the First World War, chronicling aristocratic heroine Linda Radlett (played by Lily James) as she embarks on a journey of wild romance across Europe.


No-Knead Bread, Revisited
In 2006, it changed the face of baking. Now, J. Kenji López-Alt takes a fresh look at Jim Lahey and Mark Bittman’s revolutionary recipe.

It was November 2006, and I was a test cook at Cook’s Illustrated magazine in Brookline, Mass., when I walked over to see what my colleagues were gawking at. It was a loaf of bread that my fellow test cook David Pazmiño had just transferred to a cooling rack. I remember the loud snaps and pops coming from the bread as it cooled, the glossy crust crackling. He cut off a slice, revealing an open, airy hole structure with a moist, custard crumb. It was extraordinary.


China as Center: Journeys of Power and Belief
A guided tour of objects that reveal the centuries-long influence of Asian art and ideas on Europe

Europeans knew about China, or at least the far East, via the silk trade that took place across many Silk Road land passages and waterways connecting the Pacific to the Atlantic across Afro-Eurasia. The third-century Roman author Solonius described the so-called “Seres” people as the inventors of silk in the distant East, past Persia and India and beyond the realms of the Hindu ascetics. The Seres were believed to go about naked, gathering silk from trees and washing the raw materials in streams in a land hidden beyond a range of mountains, thereby keeping their production methods secret.
In the thirteenth century, the Dominican writer Vincent of Beauvais compiled a world history beginning with creation in Eden and ending in 1254; his sources for the East came from a range of authors, including the Franciscan missionary John of Plano Carpini and numerous ancient geographers, including Strabo and Ptolemy. The common thread in these accounts: stories of silk.






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