T LOunge for August 6th, 2021

Posted on August 06, 2021

Stars Bar and Restaurant – Mykonos, Greece

 

Darlings, once again we are pleased as punch to announce that we all made it to FRIDAY. Yay us. How pleased is punch supposed to be, anyway? Does punch have other emotions? Should we be worried about how punch is feeling? Because we’re not sure we can spare the emotional bandwidth at the moment.

This might sound weird or ungrateful or whatever after being locked inside for over a year, but after two months of catching up on a lot of friends and family, as well as several trips and a half-vacation on Fire Island, we’re kind of loving the idea of just settling in for the next month and nesting a little. What can we say? Despite the podcasts and the book tour, we really are a couple of old school introverts at heart. We need a little time to recharge and get back to eating slightly less rich food than the restaurant and party fare we’ve been gleefully shoving into our mouths. Besides, Miss Miu Miu (our feline podcast co-star) needs twice-daily meds until she gets her thyroid treatment next month and while we’ve been lucky enough to have a friend willing to do that for us while we travel, we just want to stay home and take care of our mouthy baby. SO that’s us. Nesting in August like a couple of agoraphobes. We’re okay with it. If things don’t crash and burn spectacularly, we should be looking at a fairly robust holiday season and we’re hoping we can snag an international flight to somewhere in late fall.

And how are you dealing with the late summer blues?

 

Elliott Gould Said Being Married to Barbra Streisand Was Like a “Bath of Lava”
The couple met during a Broadway audition in the early ‘60s.

Streisand caught Gould’s eye when she auditioned for the 1962 Broadway production of I Can Get It for You Wholesale, in which Gould had already been cast as the lead.
“After her last audition, they say, ‘Thank you.’ She then was very flummoxed as to being right there and not knowing what was going to happen next, and so she announced her phone number and said, ‘So would somebody call me,'” Gould recalled during an interview with CBS Sunday Morning. “I remembered her number and I called her.”

 

Michael Kors Takes Center Stage
Supermodel Alek Wek and a who’s who of Broadway stars toast the designer’s 40th anniversary.

It was this past April, during the height of the pandemic, when the lights finally shined on Broadway for the first time in over a year. And who could make the city feel alive again, if only for a New York minute? The man whose name beamed from the marquee of the Shubert Theatre: Michael Kors.
To mark his 40th anniversary in the industry, the designer and longtime theater advocate took over a stretch of 45th Street and sent a parade of classically glamorous looks — 63 in total — down the makeshift Midtown runway. He cast models who are longtime friends and collaborators, such as Shalom Harlow, Helena Christensen, and Naomi Campbell, as well as fresh new faces who were nervous about navigating potholes in their first official trot out. (“I just told them to walk around them,” jokes Alek Wek, who is also featured in this shoot. “If they covered them up, it wouldn’t have been authentic.”)

 

Billy Porter’s 10 Biggest, Boldest, and Best Fashion Moments
He treats the red carpet like a runway (and we love it).

At least once every award show, someone steps out in an outfit so stunning, it makes us audibly gasp and want to jump out of our seats. Usually, it’s Billy Porter who’s causing this chaotic reaction. The Pose actor — who can also be seen playing Fab G in the new Cinderella! — doesn’t shy away from elaborate designs, and tends to treat the red carpet like his own personal runway.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen Porter wear voluminous gowns, the highest of heels, tons of tulle, and vibrant pops of color. And, of course, we could never forget his golden Met Gala wings. Somehow, each ensemble manages to be more dramatic and eye-catching than the last, and while it’s nearly impossible to pick our favorites, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 which will no doubt go down in fashion history.

 

In Praise Of Judging Books By Their Covers
The art might be the reason we pick up a novel, but there’s a craft and a warmth behind each design.

Interestingly, one of the first written records of this saying wasn’t meant to extol the dangers of falling for a book with a particularly alluring look. Rather, it cautioned against buying plain-looking tomes. In George Eliot’s 1860 novel The Mill on the Floss, protagonist Maggie Tulliver’s father laments that she’s reading a book titled History of the Devil. “Why, it’s one o’ the books I bought at Partridge’s sale,” he admits. “They was all bound alike…and I thought they’d be all good books… They’ve all got the same covers, and I thought they were all o’ one sample, as you may say. But it seems one mustn’t judge by th’ outside.” In other words, don’t assume that a simply bound book contains respectable writing within. Though elaborately decorative bookbinding had flourished for centuries prior, it was during the 20th century that book covers began to be used explicitly as a marketing tool, a way of telegraphing what a book is all about before you crack it open.

 

WandaVision‘s Agatha Harkness Taught Kathryn Hahn to Stand in Her Own Power
The actress talks her Emmy nomination, partnering with natural cleaning brand 9 Elements, and living it up in Greece while filming Knives Out 2.

“I had been playing these kind of neurotic women, these small-scale women for a chapter, who I loved so madly and I will go back there in a heartbeat and I will [play them] again and again, but there was something so freeing about getting to let loose and be big, and not worry about size, and just not feel like I was being judged or not feeling embarrassed about being that size and just be huge.” That approach can be applied “to any aspect of your life, especially … for us as women too,” Hahn adds.

 

Doña Mela Is a Cook, Gardener, and Guardian of Mexico’s Indigenous Culinary Culture
From her kitchen in Michoacán, Imelda Campos Sebastián propagates the cuisine of the indigenous Purhépecha community—and makes some of the most delicious food in Mexico.

“I wouldn’t call myself important,” she told me on a chill autumn morn- ing last November as she ground sesame seeds, peanuts, and pepitas for the pipián that we would eat that day for lunch, warm and soothing as embers. She cocked her head back and squinted up her nose, a habitual look of authority and wit, somehow both affectionate and remote, that undermined completely the words she’d just spoken. “I would say I’m original. I own my roots.”
Since 2011, Cherán has been famous throughout Mexico for defending those roots. In April of that year, after years of violent incursions by illegal loggers armed by drug cartels that hoped to clear the native forests for lucrative avocado plantations, the people of Cherán mounted an uprising.

 

Art Isn’t Easy! 7 Riveting Revelations About Sunday in the Park With George
Lapine, who wrote and directed Sunday, was new to the musical-theater scene then, having only worked with the composer William Finn on March of the Falsettos; while Sondheim had already found huge critical success as a composer-lyricist with Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Their unlikely collaboration yielded one of the great Broadway shows of the latter 20th century, featuring important lead performances from Mandy Patinkin (as Seurat) and Bernadette Peters (as his frustrated, illiterate mistress, Dot); yet mounting Sunday was not without its difficulties. From an early workshop at Playwrights Horizon to a rocky Off-Broadway run and difficult transfer to the Booth Theatre on Broadway, the show was constantly in flux—and its cast and crew, frequently at odds. Lapine captures all of this in his new book, Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created Sunday in the Park With George, talking through the show with virtually every living person who had a part in it: actors, producers, costume designers, musicians, et al. It also lays out the beginnings of Sondheim and Lapine’s creative partnership, which would later bring us Into the Woods and Passion.

 

This Mint Chocolate Chip Gelato Recipe Is the Perfect Sweet Treat for the Sweltering Days of August
“With little more than milk and sugar, you too can create a shared moment of frozen, sweet happiness,” Jacob Kenedy writes in the introduction for his new cookbook, Gelupo Gelato, a sugary anthology of gelato recipes inspired by his Soho, London sweet shop. Although “a shared moment,” let alone one of “sweet happiness” might seem like a tough ask in this pandemic age, it’s easy to crack a smile over most, if not all, of his 80 recipe offerings, which range from white chocolate and lavender to Ricotta and sour cherry, and peanut butter and jelly.

 

A New Exhibition Celebrating Black Jewelry Designers Is Coming to New York
Opening on September 17th, Brilliant and Black: A Jewelry Renaissance will showcase the work of 21 Black designers from across the US and Europe. The show, curated by Grant in partnership with Sotheby’s director of jewelry Frank Everett, will feature roughly 60 pieces, with prices starting at $1,500. At the top end of the scale is a million-dollar ring that has been custom-made for the occasion by Maggi Simpkins. If it sells, it will set a record for the most expensive jewel by a Black designer sold at a major global auction house.

 

Waiting to Exhale: On Meghan McCain’s Departure from ‘The View’
THR’s arts & culture critic reflects on the legacy of a cohost whose disruptiveness went from purposeful to problematic.

On Friday, August 6th, Meghan McCain’s chokehold on The View comes to an end. The conservative personality joined the popular daytime show in October 2017 at the gentle behest of her late father, Arizona Senator John McCain. “It’s such a privilege to be on this show,” she said during her first episode. “To be a conservative on this show is something that I take very seriously.”
Arriving in the midst of the Trump era, McCain added a necessary — albeit bristling — perspective. She represented young, conservative women in the United States who remained loyal to the Republican Party but had not yet fallen into the nasty trap of Trumpism. Her father was well-respected and she knew the Beltway well, facts that lent her contributions heft and legitimacy. Her presence allowed the show to continue creating an atmosphere of civil discourse, to hold on to a fantastical sense of political politesse. On The View, people could reach “across the aisle” to share differing opinions and often locate a bit of common ground, as politics were discussed alongside lighter celebrity gossip and interviews.

 

Is This Finally It for Andrew Cuomo?
A damning new report packed with alarming and previously unreported details corroborates allegations of sexual harassment and other abuses by New York’s governor. Will it be enough for Democrats to impeach him?

In March, when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked the state attorney general, Letitia James, to investigate accusations of sexual harassment and other workplace abuse that had been made against him, it was difficult to imagine him believing that such an inquiry would clear his name. But it bought him time. No sooner had Cuomo referred the matter to James than he and his allies began to dismiss the calls for him to resign or be impeached as “anti-democratic” violations of “due process.” He pleaded with the public to suspend judgment. “I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion,” Cuomo said, at a press conference. “The attorney general is doing that review, I will fully coöperate with it, and then you will have the facts.”
On Tuesday, we got the facts. James released a hundred-and-sixty-five-page report detailing the results of her investigators’ five-month probe. Its conclusions are overwhelming and damning. The Governor, the report states, “engaged in conduct constituting sexual harassment under federal and New York State law.” He groped and kissed and touched people without consent, made sexual and offensive comments, and oversaw an office in which a culture of “fear and intimidation” reigned; retaliation was engaged in and condoned.

 

A first look at Pirelli’s 2022 calendar starring Cher, Grimes, and Normani
Shot by Bryan Adams in LA and southern Italy, this year’s offering is a musician’s love letter to touring

Now, Pirelli is back, with an all-singing, all-dancing (literally) calendar for 2022. Plundering the music world for some of its most recognisable talents, 2022 sees Bryan Adams step behind the camera, whilst snapping Cher, Grimes, Jennifer Hudson, Normani, Rita Ora, Bohan Phoenix, Iggy Pop, St. Vincent, Kali Uchis, and Saweetie. Titled On the Road, Adams shot his motley crew of musicians between LA and Capri, in southern Italy, “because the life of a musician is made up of roads, travel, waiting in hotels, and hours backstage,” as he says. “On the road is where I have been for the last 45 years.”

 

The case against the concept of biodiversity
It’s more controversial than you might think.

The most common way to measure biodiversity is to count the number of species in a certain place, also known as “species richness.” But critics question the usefulness of this number and argue that the concept has always been fuzzy, even to scientists, akin to a “new linguistic bottle for the wine of old ideas.”
A handful of scientists want to do away with the term biodiversity altogether — and have been trying to do so since the late 1990s. The concept, they say, is hard to quantify, hard to track globally over time, and actually isn’t an indication of what people commonly picture as a “healthy” ecosystem. (Scientists are generally reluctant to describe ecosystems in terms of “healthy” or “unhealthy,” which are value judgments.)

 

The chip shortage is getting worse
The semiconductor supply crunch came for cars and phones. Now consumers are facing higher prices.

It’s clear that the global chip shortage shows no sign of abating anytime soon. In fact, it seems to be getting worse. While the White House is racing to expand chip manufacturing in the US to avoid future shortages, it could be years before that government investment actually pays off for consumers. So for now, the chip industry will continue to be hampered by the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, as products ship with missing features and higher prices — often after long delays.

 

Amanda Knox, in her own words
Stillwater is based on Amanda Knox’s story. She wishes someone had asked her to tell it.

The new movie Stillwater stars Matt Damon as an American father trying to exonerate his daughter, who’s been charged in Europe with the murder of another young woman. Director and co-writer Tom McCarthy told Vanity Fair his film was directly inspired by the story of Amanda Knox, an American college student imprisoned for eight years in Italy over a murder of which she was ultimately exonerated.
But Knox had no role in making the film. Instead, she says she found out about the movie the way a lot of people did: When the trailer came out. She told Today, Explained host Sean Rameswaram that the Stillwater filmmakers told a fictionalized version of her story without any input from her or regard for the actual outcome of her case.

 

Princess Margaret’s gleaming Art Deco bracelet is up for auction
The sentimental piece, worn for her official 19th birthday photograph taken by Cecil Beaton, could be yours for £40,000

Princess Margaret, the Queen’s impossibly glamorous younger sister, amassed an astonishing collection of jewellery throughout her lifetime. Unlike other senior royals who frequently dipped into the royal vaults, the late princess possessed an impressive personal haul, from the memorable Poltimore Tiara, bought and worn by Princess Margaret on her wedding day, to the Lady Mount Stephen necklace, a majestic collet-set diamond necklace, bequeathed to Margaret by her grandmother, Queen Mary, which she wore at nearly all major state occasions.

 

 

 

 

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