T LOunge for August 26th, 2021

Posted on August 26, 2021

The Fox & Hounds Pub, Bar and Restaurant – Lower Harlestone, Northampton, England


One of our very favorite types of pubs/bars/restaurants are the ones that look like someone cleared all the furniture out of their living room and dining room and turned it into a public space. It can’t not be cozy. Granted, today’s LOunge is in an already magnificent structure, and the decor is top notch. Grab a plush seat and order a bunch of SUPER English things on the menu. Today is THURSDAY and we’re all in the home stretch.

We, for our parts, are also in the home stretch of this very dry period in terms of content. Oh, we’re grateful for the stars who are willing to brave the heat if not the Delta to get their faces out there. But part of the reason we’ve been whining about the slow month is because it’s slower than any August we can remember and it makes us antsy about just how much of a pull-back if not lockdown we’re looking at for the rest of the year. But as we keep saying during our morning meetings (yes, we really do have them), “It’s all coming back in September.” We’ve got the Emmys, the Met Gala, the VMAs, a slew of film festivals, and several new shows we’re currently screening and can’t wait to talk about when they drop/air — all within the next four weeks. Just you wait. A month from now we’ll be bitching and moaning about how tired we are. But then again, is that not what the LOunge is for? Let the pity party commence!


Emma Roberts on Life as a New Mom and Conquering Confidence in Her 30s
Roberts talks about the importance of a daily ritual, her personal style evolution, and how to not go crazy while living life online.

The now 30-year-old actress continues to thrive in both the industry and at home. Last December, she gave birth to her son, Rhodes Robert Hedlund, whom she shares with boyfriend, actor, and model Garrett Hedlund; wrapped up an exciting romantic comedy with costar Thomas Mann; and has stayed ever involved in her passion project, Belletrist’s Book Club, where she facilitates the production of her favorite books into film adaptations.


See the Cast of Impeachment: American Crime Story vs. Their Real-Life Counterparts
An all-star cast including Beanie Feldstein, Sarah Paulson, and Edie Falco tackle what may be the most defining scandal of the ’90s.

American Crime Story is tackling one of the most memorable scandals of the 20th century. The latest installment of Ryan Murphy’s historical drama is set to focus on President Bill Clinton’s affair with a White House intern in her early 20s, Monica Lewinsky, and the media circus and impeachment proceedings that soon followed. Rather than focusing on Clinton, however, Impeachment: American Crime Story centers its narrative around the women who found themselves enveloped in the scandal: a young Lewinsky, a conniving Linda Tripp, the underdog Paula Jones, and more. Ahead, we compare the all-star cast of the limited series to their real-life counterparts—try not to do a double take.


The Mystery of Truman Capote’s Final, Lost Novel, Answered Prayers
Is the manuscript tucked away somewhere? Was it destroyed? Or are the few known chapters all that ever existed? A deep dive into one of literature’s most enduring riddles.

It was the early 1980s and Truman Capote was in a tough spot, whether he realized it or not. After the 1975 publication of the short story “La Côte Basque 1965” in Esquire caused a tempest in the gilded teapot of New York’s high society, the In Cold Blood author found himself iced out of the social circle of which he’d once been the epicenter. Alcohol and pills had become constant companions. And he was more than a decade overdue on the manuscript for Answered Prayers, the short story collection for which Random House had paid him a $25,000 advance with a 1968 due date. Capote failed to turn in the book before his 1984 death—37 years ago this very week.


Krispy Kreme Is Doubling Its Free Doughnuts for Vaccinations Offer
What’s better than one free doughnut? Two free doughnuts.

Back in March, the doughnut and coffee chain announced a generous incentive for getting vaccinated: one free Original Glazed doughnut every single day if you show your vaccination card, no purchase necessary. Since then, Krispy Kreme says it has given away over 2.5 million free doughnuts (meaning that, clearly, not enough people are taking advantage of this promotion). But today, they announced they’re doubling down on that offer for one whole week.


Everything You Need to Know About How to Fix Broken Makeup
Because saying goodbye to your favorite eyeshadow is never easy.

It can take years to finally find the neutral-toned eyeshadow of your dreams, or the face powder that makes your skin feel like velvet. And this it what makes it all the more devastating when you find out that one of your favorites has broken into pieces.
It may seem like the only solution is to toss the makeup and rebuy, but we have some good news: there are some tried-and-true methods to fix broken makeup. Yipee!


Community—And Style—Thrived at the Santa Fe Indian Market
Every year, the Santa Fe Indian Market brings in thousands of global tourists and collectors to the city. Visitors flock to the streets around the city’s main plaza, where hundreds of Indigenous artists from different tribes across North America showcase and sell their new works (including textiles, jewelry, art, and more) in their respective booths. This weekend, the 99th annual outdoor market returned once again, and the sense of community was as present as ever. While overall attendance was down (the typically free event was ticketed this year due to COVID) and the number of artists showcasing was fewer than usual, you could still feel the energy and excitement around the event. The streets were still lined with excited shoppers perusing the latest goods, and booths were filled with artists visiting each other and having a laugh—masks up, of course.


Is There Anything Verjus Can’t Do?
Meet your culinary jack-of-all-trades—just don’t call it grape juice.

Somewhere between vinegar, wine, and sparkling grape juice sits verjus, a product made by pressing unripe wine grapes harvested early in the growing season. The journey from vineyard to bottle is short and sweet. (Unlike vinegar or wine, there’s no fermentation.) But in verjus’ simplicity lies boundless potential for nonalcoholic cocktails, marinades, vinaigrettes, and deglazers. Lately, some of our favorite winemakers have been giving verjus the same level of attention and care that they show their wines. The result? Five top-shelf bottles destined for your pantry.


The Big Tequila Problem
Sipping on your reposado in an upmarket bar, or shotting back a pricey blanco as you hit the club; it’s payday and you’re making it rain top-shelf tequila. Dressed to the nines, you’re ready to sample the finer things in life, you’ve a mischievous anticipation of friends making fools of themselves later, and not an inkling that the fool might actually be you.
Because tequila has a problem. Actually, it has a few. And the result is that many of us don’t know what we’re drinking.
The image that we have of artisanal tequila-making is romantic. Sure, there’s the red hat variety, the production for which we don’t really linger on because it’s cheap and usually has the intended effect of getting people very drunk, very quickly. But for the sort of tequila that you sip with intention, take as a dinner party offering, or treat your friends to, most of us have a specific vision of its birth: Deep in the hills of Jalisco, fields of blue Weber agave plants reach maturity. Closely guarded family recipes are consulted, piñas are pressed by tahona, brick ovens caramelise the sugars, all of it painstakingly presided over by a seasoned maestro. You’re imagining that the liquid in your glass has been lovingly curated, hand-reared and fattened like a Wagyu calf, attended to as it ages, like a riddler daily turns each champagne bottle. And you’d be right. There are plenty of tequilas still made in this way, or in some variation on this general theme. But many, many are not.


Sharon Stone to Receive Golden Icon Award at Zurich Film Festival – Global Bulletin
The 17th Zurich Film Festival (Sept. 23-Oct. 3) will honor Sharon Stone with its highest accolade, the Golden Icon Award. Stone will be in Zurich to accept the award in person on Sept. 25. The award ceremony will be followed by a screening of Martin Scorsese’s “Casino,” which earned Stone an Oscar Nomination. The actor will also conduct a masterclass where she will offer insights into her creative process and career.
“It is an honor to engage with the global community and celebrate the profound depth of our art,” said Stone. “I am thrilled to be recognized in this capacity.”


“There’s Been Fights, There’s Been Tears”: The Making of ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’
The latest installment of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology reframes the Clinton scandal from the perspective of the women it engulfed — including producer Monica Lewinsky: “As hard as it might have been for us, it was harder for her.”

“You go to bed one night a private person, and the next day you’re a public human being and the whole world hates you. And you might go to jail. And you’re going to bankrupt your family. And, and, and …” Lewinsky recalls over Zoom in late July. “And just because I wasn’t on the news every night for 20 years in the same way that I was in 1998 doesn’t mean that this story ended. Ten years on, I still could not get a job. I couldn’t support myself.”


A Late-Summer Tart from a French-Cooking Master
Madeleine Kamman wrote recipes to honor women’s labor and artistry.

One day in March of 1968, the cooking teacher Madeleine Kamman was leafing through the Times when she came upon a recipe that she considered rubbish. It was for what the paper’s then food editor, Craig Claiborne, referred to as “snails provençale on toast,” or snails cooked briskly in a brew of tomato, garlic, shallot, butter, salt, and pepper and spooned over bread. Nonsense, Kamman thought. “Merci, merci, for advocating snails,” her politely brutal missive to Claiborne began. “I have been an American for only eight years and still remember vividly and fondly the small sessions in my French home. We prepared them by the thousands, from scratch, and then there was a feast with Chablis.” Kamman, who had moved to a Philadelphia suburb from her native France eight years prior, went on to critique Claiborne’s recipe, and recommended a superior preparation, from the French province of Languedoc—snails in a puree of braised lettuce kissed with hollandaise sauce and served on a loaf of ficelle.


This Mississippi store recreated popular ‘Schitt’s Creek’ settings
Schitt’s Creek might be a fictional town, but it turns out that doesn’t have to stop super fans from visiting it thanks to an eclectic shop in Mississippi.
The Lucky Rabbit is a 15,000-foot variety store in Hattiesburg, Miss., filled with vintage goods and nostalgic treasures. It also happens to house several photo sets inspired by some iconic “Schitt’s Creek” scenes.
Yep, super fans can now take all the selfies they can fit in their camera roll in David and Alexis’s room at The Roseburg Motel as well as in front of the Schitt’s Creek sign and at Moira’s vanity.
Brandon and Abby Thaxton opened The Lucky Rabbit nine years ago and have since used their upcycling skills and vintage props to recreate sets from popular films. In the past, they’ve built sets from “Stranger Things,” “The Office,” “Christmas Vacation,” “Home Alone” and more.
The “Schitt’s Creek” set took roughly two months to make and is now open for visitors from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. every Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday until October 31.


‘Downton Abbey’ Sequel Gets A Title And Teaser Footage At CinemaCon
A little more than two years since it debuted the first trailer for the first Downton Abbey movie at CinemaCon 2019, the sequel to the Focus Features hit big-screen transfer also got a Las Vegas unveiling during Universal’s slate presentation Wednesday. Downton Abbey 2, whose official title is now Downton Abbey: A New Era, is due to open globally starting March 18, 2022.


The Makings of a Black Hair Desert
How entire swaths of the United States became regions where people with Afro-textured hair must travel miles to find a trusted stylist — if they can even find one at all.

An early mention of the term “Black salon desert” comes from a 2018 New Hampshire Public Radio story. These deserts are places — most often but not exclusively rural areas — where very few or zero salons with stylists who are proficient in working with any textures other than straight or smooth exist for miles. As a result, Black folks with kinky or curly hair living in these areas may need to travel for hours or take matters literally into their (or their grandmothers’) own hands. Even more, hair desert residents who are able to find a salon that will take them on as a client often face texturist practices such as upcharging styles for type 4 hair or requiring clients with tighter curls to do a large part of the labor that is normally included in a service for looser-textured clients. Frankly, who has the time or the energy to deal with this type of discrimination when you may have to travel 30+ miles to even sit in a salon chair?


The complicated reality of doing what you love
I lost my hobby and gained a revenue stream.

Even as hobbies gained popularity among the 19th-century middle class, they mimicked the capitalist attitudes of the workplaces from which they were meant to provide relief. “Since the hobby was done at home in free time, it was under the complete control of the hobbyist. It was, in other words, a re-embracing of preindustrial labor, a recreation of the world of the yeoman, artisan, and independent merchant,” Gelber writes. “Hobbies were a Trojan horse that brought the ideology of the factory and office into the parlor.”


The death of the job
What if paid work were no longer the centerpiece of American life?

Once upon a time, there were good jobs. These jobs paid people enough money to live on, even enough to support a family. They provided health insurance so people could go to a doctor if they got sick. They even came with pensions so that once you’d worked for a certain number of years, you could actually stop working. You could rest.
But there was a problem. These jobs weren’t for everyone. They were mostly for white men, and mostly in certain places, like a factory or an office. For everyone else, there were jobs that paid less, with fewer benefits — or no benefits at all. And over time, there were more and more bad jobs and fewer and fewer good jobs, and even the good jobs started getting less good, and everyone was very tired, and there was not enough money. Then there was a plague.


Duchess of Cambridge unveils portraits of Holocaust survivors taken at Kensington Palace
Known for her intimate portraits of British Royal Family members, the Duchess has once again stepped behind the camera – this time in tribute to Holocaust survivors who made the UK their home

Having studied Art History (with 19th-century photography as her undergraduate thesis) at the University of St Andrews – where she famously met Prince William – the Duchess of Cambridge is considered quite the photography aficionado. Along with her intimate portraits of Royal Family members, the Duchess expertly curated the National Portrait Gallery’s 2018 exhibition Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.






[Photo Credit: thefoxandhoundsharlestone.co.uk, jmdaltd.co.uk]

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