T LOunge for June 18th, 2021

Posted on June 18, 2021

White Lounge Bar and Restaurant – Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece

 

Darlings, WE MADE IT. It’s officially the best day of the work week and that means we get to basically not work at all. Take a seat and drink in that view through your pores. Feed your soul today.

Or sit around and gossip darkly! As always, we care less about what you do in the LOunge and more that you enjoy it in whatever way gets you through your day. That is, after all, the entire point of them.

We’re going to take a little Friday adventure and hit our favorite local diner for breakfast, which we have not done in a dog’s age. There are a couple of Hungry Lady Specials in our immediate future and we’re very excited, but don’t worry, kittens. Once we’re well-fed, we’ll be back here with quite a bit of red carpety/podcasty content for you to enjoy. Until then, talk amongst yourselves! We’ll be thinking of you while we giddily rip open little packets of pancake syrup!

 

Maybe Dolly Is the Goal, but Loretta Is the Truth
What the queens of country taught me about life, love, and leaving Appalachia.

Loretta Lynn was a 27-year-old mother of four the first time she went onstage. It was her late husband’s idea. In a 1998 television interview with Roseanne Barr, she candidly described the earliest days of her career, when her husband, Oliver V. Lynn Jr., who also went by Mooney, Doolittle, and Doo, brought home a $17 guitar and told her to learn to play it. She also explained the reason why—despite the migraines she got every time—she felt compelled to perform.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale’s Joseph Fiennes On Why He Loved The Season 4 Finale: ‘I Was Cheering’
“I’ve grown to so love and cherish my time and the wonderful relationships I have with cast, crew, actors, directors, producers, everyone. We’re a very tight-knit community. We’ve all seen how this show draws parallels, as [Margaret] Atwood’s novel did, with society, particularly in terms of a recent administration in the States. There’s a part of me that feels so honored to be involved in a show that caught the zeitgeist, was so prescient, and continues to be prescient on really important themes. I’m sad to leave behind such a great company who have raised my game as an actor.”

 

The Fashion Significance of Juneteenth
Enslaved people found an added measure of freedom in casting away the clothing associated with their life as slaves – and self-expression through dress remains an important part of the holiday.

Sometimes called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates when news of the end of slavery reached the far corners of the former Confederacy. It is celebrated annually on June 19 in the United States to this day as a way to unite community, and like most celebratory gatherings of Black folks, a big part of it revolves around clothing. But Juneteenth fashion isn’t just about style for style’s sake. It is a response to the fact that the enslaved couldn’t use clothing to express themselves. Juneteenth itself is a way to reclaim and express social and political freedom, and the clothing people wear continues to be a part of that.

 

Duchess Kate’s Biggest Announcement Yet? Launching Her Own Center for Early Childhood
The Duchess of Cambridge has focused on early childhood development for more than 10 years and aims to create her lifelong charitable legacy in the field.

For more than a decade, the Duchess of Cambridge has been learning about and researching how some of British society’s hardest challenges—including addiction, homelessness, and poor mental health—have their roots in the earliest years of a person’s life. Today, Duchess Kate is taking her work in the field of early childhood to the next level by announcing The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood—a hub within the Cambridges’ charitable vehicle that will help push for increased awareness of and new research into the impact of the early years.

 

A New Adaptation of Dangerous Liaisons Is Coming to Starz
Alice Englert and Nicholas Denton will star as the central lovers in Laclos’ 18th century novel.

If the long Outlander hiatus has got you craving a new sexy literary adaptation, you may want to take note. Starz—the network behind Outlander, Howards End, The White Queen and more—just announced that a reimagining of Dangerous Liaisons is on the way.
First published in 1782, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses is one of the most celebrated novels of its era. It follows two narcissistic young lovers turned rivals in pre-Revolutionary France, who ruthlessly seduce and manipulate those around them in their quest for power.

 

The Best Ice Cream in Every State
America’s glorious ice cream boom is good news for all of us.

Nobody will be surprised to learn that for the last year and change, ice cream has been one of the hottest sellers. Scoop shops may have found themselves on a rocky road at the start, but pretty much anybody packing pints and half-gallons was doing a brisk business, according to the people whose job it is to keep track of such things. The industry ended up growing significantly.
Hopefully this list, which didn’t necessarily favor old or new, but rather asked the question, fifty times, what feels the most essential, depicts as well as it can, the diversity and depth of our national ice cream culture. At the very least, let’s hope it inspires you to get out there and try something new. It’s summertime, after all.

 

Live in Churchill’s Old War Office in Whitehall – as the spectacular, one-off residences go on sale
Own a piece of British history done up by pioneers of international luxury, Raffles

The most glamorous, sought after address in London has changed – relocating from the residences at One Hyde Park to those at Sir Winston Churchill’s Old War Office on Whitehall. Ineffably glamorous, shrouded in history and, best of all, from the turrets you’ll be able to spy over into Downing Street. Spy being the operative word given the building’s affinity with the vocation – as an HQ for Ian Fleming, who worked for Britain’s Naval Intelligence Division, and as a star in more James Bond films than any other building. Sold by Her Majesty’s Government in 2014 to Rich List stalwarts, the Hinduja brothers, the building is now a year away from opening as half state-of-the-art Raffles hotel and half gobsmackingly glorious private residences (the very first in the UK and Europe by Raffles).

 

Gorilla Glue Girl has launched a hairspray called ‘Forever Hold’
Cast your mind back to February – trigger warning: lockdown – when the pubs were closed, and all we had to entertain ourselves was TikTok. One particularly gripping story shared on the app came from Tessica Brown – more widely known as Gorilla Glue Girl. Brown went viral after using the adhesive as a substitute to her regular hairspray. After the glue wouldn’t wash out, Brown had to have a four-hour procedure to get it surgically removed.
Now, to ensure no one makes the same mistake as her (again), Brown has launched her own line of hair care products, including – you guessed it – a hairspray, comically titled ‘Forever Hold’.

 

Adele’s Upcoming Fourth Album Is Reportedly “Amazing” and Dropping “Very Soon”
“We’re going to hear about her divorce,” a source told E!

Adele is coming out with new music.
After nearly six years, much of which has been spent focusing on herself, a source disclosed to E! that the Grammy-winning singer will finally be dropping a new album “very soon.” According to the source, Adele has “spent months in the studio recording her new album,” and that “she is excited for the world to hear it.”
The insider also said that the songs will allegedly reveal the deets from her split with former husband Simon Konecki, from whom she’s been separated since 2019 and officially divorced in March. “We’re going to hear about her divorce,” the source added, “and what she’s been going through.”

 

Why Corn Is a Crucial Part of the Juneteenth Table
The inclusion of corn in Juneteenth celebrations isn’t just a seasonal fluke. The symbolism of the plant as a celebratory food for Black Americans is long and deep.

Corn is humanity’s greatest agronomic achievement. Once you understand its domestication, spread, and importance to African American foodways, you’ll never look at it the same way again. To understand corn is to understand American food.

 

SCOTUS Is Taking Up A Case That Could Threaten Roe V. Wade. The Stakes Have Never Been Higher
Abortion will likely be outlawed in 24 states, including 11 where existing laws could automatically trigger abortion bans—no discussion required. That means 41 percent of women of childbearing age would see the nearest abortion clinic close. The average distance these women live from a local clinic would jump from 35 miles now to 279 miles.
Anyone who has ever worked a low-wage job knows that traveling hundreds of miles for health care isn’t an option. Instead, millions will be forced to forgo important, lifesaving care or seek dangerous, unsafe health care. And it’s especially painful because they had little say in the matter.

 

Naomi Osaka and tennis journalism’s ugly history of demeaning its players
Osaka’s experience at the French Open should spark an overdue reckoning in tennis.

Professional tennis has long been insular and exclusive. The social and economic barriers that make tennis so hard to break into have largely kept it a sport for affluent, predominantly white athletes. Though there are efforts to make tennis more inclusive, the sport’s lack of diversity has been documented over and over again.
A lot of tennis journalism is an extension of that, hence some of the questions and commentary that Osaka and her fellow players have had to deal with. But there’s an added level of frustration for players who are nonwhite and from other underrepresented groups that goes beyond ignorant press conferences. In some cases, the press has played into or amplified blatant homophobic, sexist, and racist attacks without scrutiny and without regard for the mental health of the players.

 

Juneteenth, explained
The holiday’s 156-year history holds a lot of meaning in the fight for Black liberation today.
A portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth,” Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when a group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that they were free from the institution of slavery. But, woefully, this was almost two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. As much as Juneteenth represents freedom, it also represents how emancipation was tragically delayed for enslaved people in the deepest reaches of the Confederacy.
The first Juneteenth in 1866 was celebrated with food, singing, and the reading of spirituals — and it commemorated newly freed Black people taking pride in 

their progress. Today, Juneteenth celebrations span the world, with the global diaspora adopting the day as one to recognize emancipation at large.

 

Travelers have gotten rowdy. This Instagram account aims to keep them in line.
Passenger Shaming documents the bad behavior of unruly vacationers. Does it work?

If you’ve been to an airport recently or a subway station or any of those in-between places human beings have to suffer through in order to get somewhere actually fun, you may have noticed a shift. The travelers, to use the only term I can think of, are extremely on one.
Loud arguments. Lack of spatial awareness. Questionable bathroom behavior. These are always annoying things about airports, but after a year-plus of US lockdowns, it’s gotten worse. The FAA reported a “significantly higher” number of unruly passengers in 2021, including one that left a flight attendant with two missing teeth. Several airlines have stopped serving alcohol onboard in response (at least in coach class), but that can’t stop passengers from drinking at the airport.

 

How to Grill Just About Any Vegetable
Two grilling methods are all you need to cook summer’s bounty, from broccoli to asparagus, cauliflower to tomatoes. Even leafy greens benefit from a brief turn on the grill.

The summer grilling season is upon us, and so are the vegetables. When it comes to cooking summer’s bounty, it’s hard to surpass an open fire. Grilling maximizes a vegetable’s flavor, with minimal effort and a decided measure of showmanship. No one gathers around a stove to watch you boil or steam broccoli. But sear that broccoli over a hot fire on the grill, and you both become stars of the show.

 

Touring Alaska in an R.V.
For a photographer based in Juneau, two Alaskan roads — the Glenn Highway and the Richardson Highway — formed the backbone of a stunning late-spring road trip.

The land yacht surged and swayed over frost heaves at 65 m.p.h., each bump nudging the seemingly physics-defying craft as it hurtled down the highway. The engine purred its way up and down topographic reliefs and, with little hesitation, roared to life to climb the steeper passes.Despite the motor home’s sedate and boxy exterior, the refinements of design and automotive engineering somehow manage to coalesce around a single idea: What if I could drive my house from my couch?
Rounding the next bend, I was greeted with yet another mountainous vista in a seemingly endless chain of snow-capped peaks that line the Glenn Highway, which runs from Anchorage to Glennallen, and the Richardson Highway, which stretches from Valdez in the south to Fairbanks in the north. I gazed out the window at the late-spring flora, which hemmed the Matanuska River Valley, until a jolt in the road brought me back to my reality: I was hurtling down the road, lurching and swaying with the equivalent of an efficiency apartment as a back-seat passenger.

 

 

 

 

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