T LOunge for June 16th, 2021

Posted on June 16, 2021

Froufrou Bar and Lounge – Paris, France


It’s WEDNESDAY, which is a day that officially calls for a Parisian jaunt. Let’s go get Frenchy with it, kittens! It’s funny how these LOunges went from places we could fantasize about visiting throughout our long lockdown to places we fantasize about visiting because we’re all so busy and need a vacation. Every one we know, no matter the industry they work in or the job they have, keeps telling us how incredibly busy they are. We see collective burnout on the cultural horizon. But hey, that can be a good thing in some ways, right? Cultural burnout gave us the Roaring Twenties and the disco era. We’re waiting for the crash and picking out our dancing shoes.

Once again, we’re off to the Content Orchard to pick the juiciest fruits for you today. Feel free to chat amongst thyselves. Do you feel like you’re busier than normal? Is it good to be on the productivity whirlwind or do you feel like a tool of capitalism? Just some light-hearted conversation starters for you! Ciao, darlings! Ponder your existence while we’re gone!


Netflix Shared the First Photos of Dakota Johnson in Jane Austen’s Persuasion
This isn’t exactly Bridgerton.

After news about Persuasion, Jane Austen’s final novel getting the Netflix treatment hit the internet, fans of the beloved writer couldn’t wait to see Dakota Johnson in character. Thankfully, Netflix shared a preview of Johnson along with co-stars Henry Golding and Cosmo Jarvis in costume and, sorry, Bridgerton fans, this isn’t quite the over-the-top Technicolor fever dream type of period piece.


Jessica Barden Goes Big on “Every Single Emotion”
The End of the F***ing World star on her super-personal upcoming roles, painful auditions, and why she’s not toughening up to be an actress.
The 28-year-old English actress is currently braving the Australian winter (June and July are the coldest months down under, with temperatures dropping to high 40s Fahrenheit) to film Netflix’s upcoming series Pieces of Her alongside Toni Collette, a project that sees her playing a concert pianist.
Barden’s sense of humor and ability to make fun of herself won’t come as any surprise to fans of The End of the F***ing World, in which an audience of millions discovered just how well she’s cornered the market on playing complicated, sometimes abrasive young women. It’s a career throughline she’s aware of – the fact that many of her characters appear initially “unlikable,” though she prefers to define them as “interesting.”


Dionne Warwick On Twitter, Gospel, And Remaining True To Yourself
The legendary vocalist talks about her iconic career.

From hits like “I Say a Little Prayer” to “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” Dionne Warwick has inspired many throughout her musical career, spanning over 60 years. The pop and R&B vocalist started out singing with The Gospelaires along with her sister Dee Dee, before releasing her first solo single in 1962, “Don’t Make Me Over”—a song that foreshadowed her lifelong commitment to remaining true to herself. Today, the Twitter community has welcomed the 80-year-old “Auntie Dionne,” celebrating her wisdom and witty tweets. Here, Warwick talks about her life in the music industry, the power of confidence, and being happy in her own skin.


Lin-Manuel Miranda Addresses In the Heights Colorism Critiques in New Statement
“I can hear the hurt and frustration. … I’m truly sorry,” Miranda said following a weekend of viewers expressing their disappointment in the film’s lead casting.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is speaking out for the first time following a weekend of eye-opening criticism regarding the casting for his latest blockbuster musical, In the Heights.
Though the film received positive reviews for the movie’s soundtrack, stunning choreography, and performances, particularly Anthony Ramos and Leslie Grace, many viewers took to social media over the weekend to call out the lack of darker-skinned, Afro-Latinx actors in leading roles. The overarching critique was that Washington Heights is a neighborhood known for its Black Latinx community, but Miranda and director Jon M. Chu’s depiction of the Tony Award–winning musical seemed to portray a “cultural melting pot” version of the borough, ultimately whitewashing the neighborhood’s true racial disparity.


Simone Biles on Her GOAT Leotard: Don’t Be Ashamed of Being Great
The world’s greatest gymnast shares how she takes care of her mental health, the road to Tokyo, and the story behind her epic new leotard style.

Simone Biles is in the business of making history. On June 6, she won her seventh national women’s-all around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas—more than any other woman, ever. She nails tricks that no one else has attempted or even seen before. She’s a 19-time World Champion and a four-time Olympic gold medalist, making her the winningest gymnast of all time. And in Tokyo next month, she could become the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic all-around gold in more than 50 years.


What It’s Really Like to Attend Royal Ascot
Here’s what you need to know about the history, the dress code, and how to get a coveted ticket to the royal enclosure from someone who’s actually attended.
In honor of Opening Day at Royal Ascot, we’re resurfacing this story from 2018 about what it’s really like to attend. However, this year, the event will be a bit different, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, COVID restrictions prevented spectators from attending the event, but now, the royals, including Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Wessexes, are back at the races, sporting face masks in addition to their hats. While 12,000 guests are now allowed at Royal Ascot, all attendees are also required to get COVID tests before entering the event.


Working Through the Layers of My Grief at My Local Asian Spa
A Yelp search for the “best massage in Park Slope” led me to a neon yellow sign of a smiling foot. The door chimed as I entered a room with four beds divided by makeshift bamboo walls. Shelves of grinning gold cats waved their hands in sync while I waited. I had come for a one-off, inexpensive massage. But I knew within 10 minutes I would want another, despite feeling embarrassed that, as a half-Asian woman, I couldn’t communicate with my Chinese-speaking masseuse Lulu beyond gestures. Within a couple months, I was calling every Saturday afternoon. “Lulu working tonight?” I’d ask. “See you at 8 p.m.”


Christiane Amanpour Reveals Her Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis, Sends a Powerful Message to Women Everywhere
Trailblazing journalist and chief international anchor for CNN Christiane Amanpour has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Returning to broadcast after a four-week hiatus, she made the announcement on Monday night during her global-affairs program for CNN International.
“I’ve had successful major surgery to remove it, and I’m now undergoing several months of chemotherapy for the very best possible long-term prognosis, and I’m confident,” she said from her home studio in London.
“I’m telling you this in the interest of transparency but, in truth, really mostly as a shout-out to early diagnosis—to urge women to educate themselves on this disease, to get all the regular screenings and scans that you can, to always listen to your bodies, and of course, to ensure that your legitimate medical concerns are not dismissed or diminished,” she continued.


Is My Boss Gaslighting Me?
“Gaslighting in the workplace can come from your boss or co-workers. Your co-worker may tell you that others in the office think you are lazy, or they may set you up for failure by telling you the wrong due dates for assignments,” explains Dr Sarkis, by way of example. “They may pit you against your co-workers. A gaslighting boss may assign you tasks that they later say were never given to you. They may try to get you alone in the office, and then tell you that nothing of the sort happened.” In short: it’s a subtle form of manipulation, making it especially difficult to pin down and prove.


This Powerful Documentary About Ireland’s Abortion Referendum Is Essential Viewing
Less than four years ago, women in Ireland could not legally have an abortion, with thousands of women forced to travel to England to safely terminate an unwanted pregnancy. New documentary The 8th captures the build up to the country’s referendum on repealing the eighth amendment in 2018 – and what turned out to be a landmark moment for women and reproductive rights.

“When we first started filming there wasn’t a referendum in Ireland – there was no plan to overturn the eighth amendment,” documentary maker Aideen Kane tells British Vogue over Zoom from New York City. With fellow Irish filmmakers, Lucy Kennedy and Maeve O’Boyle, Kane had set out to make a film about reproductive rights in her home country. The end result, entitled The 8th, ended up capturing campaigners, activists and voters behind the scenes of a grassroots campaign that led to one of the most compelling and important moments in the history of women’s rights.


There’s an ‘Emma’ WhatsApp Group? Anya Taylor-Joy and Josh O’Connor on ‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ ‘The Crown’ and Their Huge Year
Anya Taylor-Joy and Josh O’Connor, who appeared together in the latest movie adaptation of “Emma” in 2020, both broke out as Netflix stars during the pandemic. In “The Queen’s Gambit,” Taylor-Joy electrified viewers with her portrayal of Beth Harmon, a fictional 1950s global chess champion with Bobby Fischer’s mind and Audrey Hepburn’s style. O’Connor, coming off playing Jane Austen’s Mr. Elton, made a much less appealing suitor in “The Crown” — his inconsolable Prince Charles scowls through his marriage to Diana, illustrating the exorbitant cost of being a royal.


My Delusional, Wonderful Recipe Book
The old blue binder is an artifact containing scraps of my former self.

In the proverbial house fire from which you can rescue just one item, many of us know what we’d choose: photo albums, love letters. For me, it’s always been my ring binder of recipes. But why? Like a beloved relative one never gets around to visiting, it is unkempt, neglected, a source of shame. Theoretically, its glue-stained pages contain all the recipes I could ever need: old favorites (sausage pasta from a supermarket card), holiday souvenirs (Irish seaweed pudding), a superlative fish pie. Yet I never cook from it. My real cookbooks are more tempting, with their beautifully styled enticements to try bottarga spaghetti or greengage sorbet. The rotation of easy meals that I make rarely changes, and there’s never enough time to launch into Georgian dumplings. Since I filed away instructions for making Colombian oat milk, the Internet was invented; my bookshelves contain innumerable foolproof bread recipes, so why would I trust this one?


The Queer Power Couple that Changed Photography
How an eccentric aristocrat and a “shy pornographer” took the art world by storm

As power couples go, the combined cultural resonance of artist Robert Mapplethorpe and collector, curator, and patron Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr. is hard to overstate or even untangle. Wagstaff’s outsize influence on the explosive artistic success of his young, streetwise lover, primarily through his lifelong financial support, is well documented. But the personal and reciprocal nature of that influence is less visible.
Meeting in 1972, two years after the first Pride parade, Mapplethorpe and Wagstaff gave artistic expression to a newly visible queer culture in America through a traditionally underappreciated medium: photography. The power of Mapplethorpe’s subversive black-and-white images—often depicting unvarnished acts of gay sexuality and BDSM—was amplified by Wagstaff’s deep pockets and art world connections. At the same time, Wagstaff’s divergent collecting habits were invigorated by the discerning eye of his soon-to-be celebrated boyfriend, twenty-five years his junior.


Never before seen Andy Warhol photographs go on display
We speak to art collector James R. Hedges, IV about Andy Warhol: Photo Factory – a new exhibition tracing the significance of photography in the artist’s work

Andy Warhol carried a camera with him obsessively. Similarly to his tape recorder, he used this technology not only as an artistic medium and a means of documenting his life, but also as a way of negotiating the world around him. ”I think everybody should be a machine,” he famously claimed, arguably preferring to mediate intimacy and social anxiety with his lens rather than embrace the unalloyed chaos which the emotional life of humans invariably entails.


Sotheby’s is selling a piece of web history, signed by its creator
The father of the web sees promise in NFTs.

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably doing so on the World Wide Web. And if you’d like to own a piece of the web’s history, you now have the chance to purchase a copy of its original code in the form of a non-fungible token, or NFT.
On Tuesday, Sotheby’s auction house announced that it would be accepting bids for the original, time-stamped files created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist who is credited with inventing the web in 1989. These 9,555 lines of code are packaged in the form of an NFT, a certified digital asset that’s stored on a blockchain and can be traded and appraised. The historic collection of code includes the three protocols that act as the foundation of the web — Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) — as well as the original instructions Berners-Lee wrote in HTML for the very first web users.


The backlash against In the Heights, explained
The new film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway show relegated its Black Latinx community to the background and sparked a debate about colorism.

Despite an early onslaught of critical praise, the highly anticipated film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway musical In the Heights failed to draw crowds to movie theaters over its premiere weekend. Instead, a wave of backlash surfaced over the film’s lack of visibly dark-skinned Afro Latinx characters — the very community the film purports to represent.
The Tony-winning hit musical that made Lin-Manuel Miranda a Broadway name half a decade before Hamilton debuted depicts a struggling but vibrant neighborhood on Manhattan’s upper Upper West Side. But while the new film is a celebration of Washington Heights, it’s very easy to come away from it thinking that the community is entirely made up of mostly light-skinned Latinx migrants and immigrants. Though a large portion of the neighborhood’s real-life population is Black Latinx, in the movie, all but one of the main cast members are light-skinned — and many viewers immediately noticed what seemed to be the erasure of the Black Latinx community.




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