T LOunge for June 21st, 2021

Posted on June 21, 2021

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie – Bristol, England

Darlings, are you AWAKENED? Are your senses overwhelmed with color and light? Do you not want to swan about today’s LOunge as if everyone there was waiting for a moment with you because you are oh so very popular, urbane and witty? Probably not, right? Because unforch, it is MONDAY, which is why Lorenzo chose such a potentially loud and raucous space for us to virtually exist in for the next 24 hours. We all need whatever jolts we can get on a day like today.

Our return to normalcy continues apace with another family barbecue checked off the list this weekend. One thing we really can’t wait for is the moment when we can get together with people and NOT spend half the time talking about the previous 15 months. But this really is a time for sharing, especially since so many of us felt so isolated for so long. It’s normal and good for everyone to have their say about what they did to get through one of the hardest periods of their lives, but we’ll really feel this is all behind us when we can gather with people and no one tries to steer the conversation back to 2020. Until then (which probably won’t happen until 2022 at the earliest), we’re all going to need these group therapy moments, if for no other reason than to educate each other about the differences in our lives and how those differences played out during the pandemic.

Anway, enough wool-gathering, kittens! Forward into a new week, yes? We’re off to pick content berries to fill our content baskets for the day. Talk amongst yourselves!


Marilyn & Me: a new book shares unseen photographs of the icon
“You’re already famous, now you’re going to make me famous”
A new photography book, Marilyn & Me, shares the intimate story of the legend Marilyn Monroe and a young photographer starting his career. Lawrence Schiller captured more than 100 images of the Hollywood icon, including rare outtakes from the set of Monroe’s final films; The Misfits, which aired in 1961, and Something’s Got to Give – which was part filmed in early 1962 but never completed. She died aged 36 in August 1962. This new photography book shares a glimpse of the star in her final months.


Living Year-Round in a Summer Town: Is It Paradise or Purgatory?
As former weekenders have settled into full-time living in seasonal destinations like the Hamptons and Nantucket, the line has increasingly become blurred.

Traditional summertime destinations, including Nantucket, have become year-round residences for many denizens who used to be seasonal and the reactions are mixed. Other veteran year-rounders have bemoaned the emptier shelves at local secondhand shops that used to be goldmines. At the same time, new residents adapt to the fact that the local coffee shop may not make turmeric lattes. As we enter a second summer of the coronavirus pandemic, denizens of these towns are finding themselves in a new position, somewhere between weekender and true local. It’s happening all over the country.


Joe And Jill Biden Pay Tribute To Dog Champ’s Life: ‘Everything Was Instantly Better When He Was Next To Us’
Joe and Jill Biden’s dog Champ has died at 13 years old. The Bidens posted a joint statement on the passing of their beloved pet:
“Our hearts our heavy today as we let you all know that our beloved German Shepard, Champ, passed away peacefully at home. He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family.”


Dan Levy says he “would love to explore” a Schitt’s Creek movie
The actor has his “fingers crossed” for a film adaptation in the future

“Listen, I love everybody so much. I love Annie, even for hinting at that. We had such a great time making the show and I think if the idea is right, I would love to explore what a movie could look like. But, I don’t have that idea yet. I’m still searching for it. So, my fingers are crossed, but I also think you need to give people a little time to miss you. So, I’m taking some time and we’ll see what happens in the next couple of years, but my fingers are tightly crossed.”


Angela Bassett Revealed the Secrets of Celebrity Zoom Set-ups
Often things in Hollywood aren’t as they seem. Some stars change their appearance with makeup and injectables, and even those images are later Photoshopped, with sometimes unintentionally hilarious results. But, not everyone in Tinseltown is interested in maintaining secrecy about the facades. Actress Angela Bassett has just revealed the truth behind celeb Zoom interviews — turns out, all those picturesque backgrounds of lush gardens and serene forests could be fake. Yes, even celebs get creative with their Zoom backgrounds.


The Royal Family Paid Tribute to Prince Philip and King George VI on Instagram for Father’s Day
The Palace shared a very meaningful picture from the Queen’s collection to mark the day.

The royal family is honoring the memory of its late patriarchs, Prince Philip and King George VI.
On Sunday, the Palace shared a touching tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s late husband, Prince Philip, who passed away in April, and her father, King George VI, whose unexpected death in 1952 marked the beginning of her time as the monarch.
Buckingham Palace shared a black and white photo of the Queen in Balmoral, posing with three of the most important men in her life—the Duke of Edinburgh, her late father, and her oldest son, Prince Charles.


The 12 Best Orange Wines to Buy Right Now
These days, winemakers all over the world are enthusiastically producing orange wine, and the sheer number and variety of wines, flavors, textures, and styles is mind-boggling.

Here’s a fun question to amuse your wine-geek friends with: What style of wine is gaining in popularity all over the U.S., but can never be sold with its name written on the label?
The answer is orange wine, an unofficial but now globally popular shorthand that refers to “wine made from white grapes that were fermented with their skins.” The challenge is that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB), which oversees U.S. wine labeling, has pronounced that the term “orange wine” might confuse people and make them believe the wine is actually made from oranges.


Melissa Moore’s ‘Life After Happy Face’ Podcast Looks at Killers Through New Eyes
The true crime expert and daughter of the Happy Face Killer opens up to Marie Claire about destigmatizing the label of ‘criminal’s kid.’

When I tell people my story or other people tell their story, at first, somebody will say, “Well, you seem so normal.” These are things that we didn’t choose, they’re out of our control, so there’s a shame in talking about it. The second one is, “How did you not know?” By hearing more stories, people would realize that [the families and friends of killers are] as blindsided as law enforcement and the victims.
If somebody doesn’t want you to know them, they’re not going to show you that. That’s exactly what this is really about. With my dad, he didn’t want us to see that side of his life and so therefore we didn’t.


How Maya Ghazal Became the First Female Syrian Refugee Pilot
“Only 77% of primary-school-aged refugee children have access to education. Due to COVID-19, even fewer refugee children are going to school, making girls especially more vulnerable to early marriage, discrimination and exploitation. I feel very lucky to be able to raise awareness about these issues through my position with UNHCR. As a goodwill ambassador, I share my story as a refugee who’s been given a second chance and managed to follow their dream. I want to show that refugees have the determination to succeed with the help of their new community.”


How Our Fascination With Ethnic Ambiguity Affects Plastic Surgery Trends
We spoke to plastic surgeons about how changes in tastes and attitudes are shifting the plastic surgery landscape for many Asian Americans… and the troubling trends it’s created amongst people who are not of Asian descent.

On the cosmetic treatment informational platform RealSelf, surgeons around the United States submit before-and-after pictures of their patients. For a particular procedure called double eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, you’ll find around 1,000 example images. The people in the photos vary in age and gender, but one recurring factor is their ethnicity. The operation is sometimes called Asian eyelid surgery because the procedure involves creating a crease in a monolid upper eyelid, which is a common eye shape in people of Asian descent. In short, the operation has the effect of toning down the ‘Asianness’ of that particular feature, and on RealSelf’s site almost 90 percent of double-eyelid surgery patients say it’s “worth it.”


Salon workers are holding on to their masks, and not just because of Covid-19
Cosmetology workers are reassessing their jobs, including the chemicals they’re exposed to.

Workers across the cosmetology industry, including spa, hair, and nail salon employees, have expressed workplace safety concerns before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. According to complaints filed by cosmetology workers to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) between January 2015 and July 2020 — obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests in partnership with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and then shared with Vox — exposure to these chemicals, especially in salons with poor ventilation or whose owners failed to provide PPE, resulted in burning eyes, breathing problems, rashes, and more.


The biggest problem with eating insects isn’t the “ew” factor
Can insects become a big part of humanity’s diet? Should it?

Some cultures, encompassing some 2 billion people around the world, already eat bugs. Mopane worms and shea caterpillars are routinely farmed and eaten (the former in South Africa and Zimbabwe, the latter in Burkina Faso and Mali), as is the African edible bush-cricket, which is commonly consumed in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Madagascar. Wild insect gathering for food for either subsistence or sale is common throughout East Asia and the Pacific, from India to Indonesia to Japan to Australia. In the northwest Amazon region of South America, somewhere between 5 and 7 percent of total protein comes from insects.


We admire these do-gooders. We just don’t want to date them.
A neuroscientist’s studies show that altruism isn’t always attractive.

When we’re looking for someone to date or hang out with, extreme do-gooders of the consequentialist variety need not apply. (It’s worth noting that deontologists can be hardcore do-gooders, too, just in their own very different way.)
Crockett’s studies raise a lot of questions: Why do we distrust consequentialists despite admiring their altruism? Are we right to distrust them, or should we try to override that impulse? And what does this mean for movements like effective altruism, which says we should devote our resources to causes that’ll do the most good for people, wherever in the world they might be?




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