Song Bar and Restaurant – Guangzhou, China
DRAMA! FANTASY! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO REMIND YOU OF THE MUNDANE WORLD OUTSIDE!
THAT is what we’re all in need of today because it is FRIDAY and there is simply no good reason to fool ourselves into thinking productivity is a virtue. Pick a spot and order your first cocktail of the day. We’re celebrating. Because we said so.
We, for our parts, are actually going to attempt being productive today (don’t be like us) thanks to a looming podcast and a sudden flurry of notable celebrity style attempts. Keep your eyes peeled for a post with all the deets, but those of you who are in driving distance of Washington D.C. are put on notice that we will be giving a talk and signing our book in town on June 26th. Plan accordingly! Would love to see y’all there. We’ll be meeting in an utterly fabulous spot.
Anyway, more on that in a bit. We’re off to throw pointy sticks in our daily content hunt.
Mj Rodriguez on the End of Pose and the Start of Something New
The Pose star on Emmys snubs, a movie career, and Blanca Evangelista’s curtain call.
Back in 2018, three weeks into filming for the first season of FX’s groundbreaking ballroom series Pose, star Mj Rodriguez had an epiphany. “I started realizing how the show was not only about entertainment,” she recalls. “It was also extremely educational about our lives [as trans people] and how we chose to move through the world.”
After years spent navigating Hollywood as a trans woman, Rodriguez was shocked to finally land on a script that clearly understood not only how the world perceived members of her community, but the resiliency that allowed these women to continually fight to carve a space for themselves. “That was just so crazy at the time,” she adds.
You’re Not Imagining It, Will and Kate Have a Whole New Vibe on Social Media
Yes, the royals have been a bit extra lately. It’s called a rebrand.
During the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal tour of Scotland in May, their official Instagram account shared a video of William teasing Kate for her amateur DJ skills. As Kate toys with a touchpad to create what can be called “beats” only in the most technical sense of the word, Prince William can be heard saying playfully, “Please, turn it off.” The video went viral.
The moment between the university sweethearts who just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary was funny and nauseatingly adorable. But what struck me, a more-than-casual observer of the royal family, was not Will’s couple-y banter. It was the fact that the clip was posted to Instagram in the first place.
A High School Valedictorian Used Her Graduation Speech to Call Out Texas’s Abortion Bans
“I am terrified that if my contraceptives fail, I am terrified if I am raped, that my hopes and dreams and aspirations and efforts for my future will no longer matter…”
This past weekend, a graduating high school senior used her valedictorian speech to stand up for her beliefs and for pregnant people everywhere. Paxton Smith, the valedictorian of Lake Highlands High School’s Class of 2021—she has a 104.93 average—told D magazine that she had had a valedictorian speech on the consumption of media approved by her school. But on graduation day, she surprised students, teachers, and parents alike when she used the podium to condemn Texas’s attack on reproductive rights.
How to Get the ’70s Hairstyle of Your Dreams
Alexa, play Fleetwood Mac.
Let’s be honest: None of us are immune to the cultural influence of TikTok trends. The infamous feta pasta took over our kitchens and caused a national feta shortage, the just-dropped Olivia Rodrigo album blaring from our AirPods has regressed us all back to lovesick high schoolers, and now, our hair is being sent backwards a few decades in the metaphorical beauty DeLorean. The algorithm has been filling my feed with curtain bangs, Farrah Fawcett-esque flips, gorgeous afros, and massive, fluffed-up volume, which means it’s undeniable: the ’70s are back, baby.
Kate Winslet Is Looking for “More Me Time” After Mare of Easttown
The new face of L’Oréal Paris opens up about body image and aging in Hollywood.
“It feels really timely for me, because what I’ve been saying a lot in the last kind of six months is that this decade coming up, it feels like there’s a huge shift amongst women. We’re using our voices in different ways. More importantly than anything else, I think that sense of sisterhood and women coming together, not judging each other, learning how to openly compliment one another, and really standing up for one another—that’s changed. For me to be a part of L’Oréal, knowing that these things are important to me, and knowing that they’ve always been very important to them, it just feels fantastic. To join this long line of incredible women who have such important things to say, it feels great. It really feels very empowering. I’m honored.”
A New Anthony Bourdain Doc Promises a Behind-the-Scenes Look at His Off-Camera Life
Watch the touching first trailer for Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.
As we begin to travel and explore again this summer after a year in lockdown, a new documentary will pay tribute to the renowned world traveller and culture maven Anthony Bourdain. The first trailer for Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, which hits theaters on July 16, is here. The new documentary from Morgan Neville, the award-winning filmmaker behind Fred Rogers doc Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, promises an intimate look at the late chef—his relationships, his travels, and his struggles throughout his life as a beloved cultural icon.
The Queer Comforts of Community
For JP Brammer, the notion of community often felt like a label he didn’t choose—until a year like no other forced him to redefine what the word could mean.
The word “community” has for me taken on an almost comedic quality. It tickles me whenever it lands on my brain. I encounter it mostly when being asked to formally speak on behalf of people with whom I share precious few material realities: the LGBTQ+ community, the queer Latinx community, and soon and so forth. “Can you talk about this from your perspective as part of a marginalized community?” It never fails to conjure a rainbow neighborhood with brightly painted houses where we all live: we, “the LGBT.”
Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue Apartment is for Sale (and it’s a Gem)
The Central Park flat is just up the block from the Harry Winston flagship.
An apartment once owned by Harry Winston in 927 Fifth Avenue, one of New York’s most exclusive buildings, is on the market at Sotheby’s for $32.5 million. The current owner, art collector Judith Hernstadt, bought the unit directly from the King of Diamonds himself, who purchased and renovated it in 1950. The building is the stuff of Manhattan legend: a limestone fixture built in 1917 by Warren & Wetmore, the same architects who designed Grand Central Terminal. Sales are rare at 927 Fifth, which has only 12 apartments, and its board is rumored to have taken a hard look in the past at potential celebrity buyers, rejecting those it deemed too high-profile (Mary Tyler Moore was one who made the cut).
The Fine Art of Telling a Customer to F Off
A hospitality pro shares his four-step guide for letting customers know that their bad behavior won’t be tolerated.
Regardless of the visible hardship in the restaurant industry, the public still demands chipper and prompt service from people like me. The phrase, “not as good as before the pandemic” appears frequently in online reviews, as if all it takes is to simply pick ourselves up, shake it off, and get right back to work.
But remember, we are desperate. So no matter what the guest throws our way, we just smile, apologize (if necessary) and say, “Yes!” Wait, what? When did it become ingrained in our collective psyche that we should take abuse from complete strangers? Why is it that managers, owners, and staff are too petrified to stand up for themselves? Amidst all the fear, doubt, and desperation, have we lost our sense of self-worth?
Meet the Two New French Cheeses Invented During Lockdown
During long months inside during the pandemic, cheesemakers in France started experimenting.
“How can anyone govern a country that has 246 different types of cheese?” the late French President Charles de Gaulle once famously groused. In fact, no one really knows how many cheeses France has—some estimates go as high as a thousand, but the good news is that the ultimate cheese-lovers’ paradise definitely has two more fromages to taste today than it did a year ago.
The Borghese-Windsor Cabinet
Explore this magnificent display furniture owned by some of Europe’s most important rulers, with its colorful hard stones, statuettes and ornaments in gilded silver and bronze, and many secret drawers.
This sumptuous cabinet, with its upper part made in Rome around 1620, belonged to Pope Paul V Borghese. It stands about nine feet high and measures approximately five feet wide and two feet deep.
The pandemic obliged—or enabled—many women to go gray. They’re still reckoning with the transformation.
For years, Devery Doleman had her hair professionally colored once a month. Her colorist mixed together a half-dozen shades to create a fiery red that Doleman, who is forty-eight, found arresting in an interesting but not obvious way—“like when I bike to the beach and I see red-winged blackbirds—you see this flash that gets your attention,” she said. When the pandemic shuttered her salon, Doleman watched with a different kind of interest as her roots grew out. Eventually, her colorist was able to send her supplies at home, but Doleman decided to preserve a streak of gray. Photographed by Elinor Carucci, the silver flows from Doleman’s brow like a trickle of liquid mercury. “I would never have gotten to see what was underneath if there hadn’t been this forced interruption,” she said. “You know when botanists bisect a tree, and can tell by the thickness of rings what the conditions were like that year? This feels like we had that year, and this is what happened.”
California mandated masks. Florida opened its restaurants. Did any of it matter?
Which Covid-19 restrictions really worked — and which ones really didn’t?
After a partial lockdown in the spring of 2020, Florida and Texas were among the states that most aggressively reopened their economies. Most businesses were allowed to resume operations in May or June of last year. Florida never instituted a public mask mandate; Texas was the first state to revoke its mask mandate this spring.
California and New York, on the other hand, have been more cautious. They didn’t let some businesses, like movie theaters and gyms, reopen until months after their more conservative counterparts had already done so. Their state mask mandates are still at least partially in effect.
The ugly truth behind your fancy rewards credit card
America’s poor foot much of the bill for credit card points, miles, and cash back.
There is an entire ecosystem dedicated to gaming the credit card rewards system — the Points Guy, who has made himself a household name, and a web of websites and influencers who teach all sorts of tricks and hacks. What people might not realize is that the system is already gamed, just not in the way they think: Credit card perks reward rich Americans to the detriment of the poor. The $200 in cash back you got using your fancy new rewards card often comes at the expense of someone who can’t afford it.
The US financial system is racked with inequities. Sometimes, they’re obvious: who can and can’t get approved for a loan, who has a bank account and who doesn’t. But other times, they can fly under the radar.
Dream Trips Without the Crowds? That’s the Hope, Anyway.
Tour companies are reporting a resurgence in interest for trips to bucket-list destinations, where travelers can still see the sites without being jostled.
It was the chance to visit a once-in-a-lifetime destination in a once-in-a-lifetime way: practically alone. Visiting the sites of ancient Egypt had long been on the bucket list of Alexander Pancoe, 34, and Nina Laski, 27, of Chicago. Last winter, when they learned the country was open to tourists despite the pandemic, they planned a trip to Luxor and the Valley of The Kings. Places like the Temple of Karnak, which would be packed in the high season, “we had all to ourselves,” Mr. Pancoe said, and were even more stunning than they expected. “There is no photo or movie that does justice to the place,” he said. Some of the emptiness did not feel so special: The rows of stores selling food and souvenirs, for instance, were devoid of customers. “It was sad to see, because so many people depend on tourism,” Mr. Pancoe said, adding that it felt good to be able to contribute to the local economy.
500-year-old tapestries return to Chatsworth House for fascinating new display
The medieval Devonshire Hunting Tapestries belonged to the Cavendish family for centuries
As one of the most illustrious stately homes in the country, it’s not surprising that Chatsworth House has played host to some exquisite artefacts throughout its long history. One shining example is the medieval Devonshire Hunting Tapestries, which fell out of Cavendish family ownership in the 1950s – but have now made a glorious return to Chatsworth to be placed on public display.
[Photo Credit: archello.com]