T LOunge for August 9th, 2021

Posted on August 09, 2021

Rómola Bar and Restaurant – Madrid, Spain


Another dreaded Monday has arrived and so we all need a LOunge that’s verdant and sunny to help us get through the day. Lorenzo has once again delivered.

How are we all doing this not-so-fine day? We hate to say it, but writing these LOunge posts in August 2021 is starting to feel a lot like writing the LOunge posts circa April 2020. Intellectually, we know things aren’t as dire as they were then (if for no other reason than our vaccinations), but we can feel the tension and anxiety rising in the zeitgeist as we plod our way through another period of uncertainty. We refuse to give in to anxiety this time and we hope all y’all can continue to turn to the LOunge (if not our site generally) to get away from all of those awful feelings. Despite the daily bad news, we firmly believe we’re all going to be okay if we just take care of ourselves and our own.

Meanwhile, we’re off to the content orchard for the day. We’ll be back with opinions on drag queens and dresses, as is our way. Talk amongst yourselves!


The Pursuit of Love Star Emily Beecham on The Costume Drama as a “Trojan Horse”
The adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s beloved novel is streaming now on Amazon.

“Obviously, freedoms for women have become a little bit better, but I think there is still that conflict, certainly about being a woman and your identity and the kind of messages that you receive about who you really are expected to be. Fanny in particular doesn’t really have any options in her life, and Linda makes her own choices, but then gets vilified and ostracized. The story is timeless; it’s really about identity and it’s also about love and friendship, but also the push and pull as your lives evolve.”
“The costumes really helped us, and our costume designer Sinéad Kidao was great. The clothing was very restrictive in that time, which does really help because it’s kind of irritating, itchy, and tight. And that’s how the girls feel in a way: they can’t run around, they can’t do the same things as the men, so they naturally feel a bit buttoned-in, so, wearing the costumes, you want to kind of tug it off a little.”


TikTok Calls Her the Real-Life Carrie Bradshaw
And just like that… Carrie Bradshaw joined TikTok. Well, sort of: On the app, Carla Rockmore is sharing her eclectic outfits and styling tricks, and her followers have deemed her the real-life Carrie Bradshaw as a result. Given their shared love of bold colors, clashing pieces, and designer shoes, we would have to agree.
By day, Rockmore—who is based in Dallas, Texas—is a full-time content creator and jewelry designer. She joined TikTok in April this year, and now she already has over 540,000 followers, all of whom are obsessed with her flamboyant personal style. At 54, her ensembles are as fabulous and bold as ever. “My style is definitely eclectic and far-reaching: The one thing that stays consistent is my need to challenge my outfit, and juxtapose pieces that you wouldn’t think would work together,” says Rockmore of her wardrobe. “That’s what makes a look so interesting.”


I Would Pay Literally Any Amount of Money for a Sweater Knit by Olympian Tom Daley
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the only thing more attractive than an Olympic athlete is an Olympic athlete who can—wait for it—craft. To wit, British diver Tom Daley has taken the Tokyo Olympics by storm with his knitting hobby; when he’s not in the water, Daley can frequently be seen in the stands, giving skeins of yarn the old knit-one-purl-two treatment.
Not only did Daley take home the gold in the 10-meter synchronized diving competition in July, he found enough downtime to work on what he later said was a sweater for his friend’s French bulldog. More recently, he unveiled his crowning achievement, an Olympic-themed cardigan which he modeled on his Instagram with the caption: “When I got to Tokyo, I wanted to make something that would remind me of the Olympics to look back on in the future. I designed a pattern for the colour work that would signify everything about these games!”


Bryan Adams on Shooting Grimes, Cher, Normani, and More for the Star-Studded 2022 Pirelli Calendar
We might be still awaiting the return of live music in many corners of the world, but for those seeking the thrill of attending your favorite performer’s gig vicariously, the 2022 Pirelli Calendar is back after a year-long hiatus. Shot by the celebrated musician-turned-photographer Bryan Adams, the first preview was released today and features a starry line-up of musicians from across generations and the globe, including Cher, Grimes, Jennifer Hudson, Normani, Rita Ora, Bohan Phoenix, Iggy Pop, St. Vincent, Kali Uchis, and Saweetie.


“The Industry Has Shifted. Changing The Culture Takes Longer”: Gemma Chan Is Finally Taking The Lead
“There’s a way that you can honour the spirit of your ancestors by actually trying to do something different, which I know is a privilege,” she says, thoughtfully. “This is the argument I tried to put to my parents back then, when things were tough: hopefully, you work to make sure the next generation has even more of a chance to do something different and change things for the better for the rest of the community, or the next generation after that.” It’s made her determined to keep the door open for other Asian talent. “That’s something I feel in my bones. I want a rising tide to lift all boats.”
“If only black people care about Black Lives Matter,” she says passionately, “then nothing’s gonna change. And if only Asians are talking about Stop Asian Hate, nothing is going to change. And it’s only when we stick up for one another, and we stand side by side, that things will shift.” Although she still feels like an “accidental activist”, speaking up was one of the few things she felt she had to do. “Actually, we kind of have a duty to, in a way that our parents perhaps weren’t able to as first-generation immigrants.”


I’m Nearly 40, And Packing Well Is Still Completely Beyond Me
“Packing well is an art which I have never mastered. I admire people who manage it; they are the leaders I look to in life. As it turned out, all the crap I took away was fairly irrelevant since only the meds were actually important. I wore the same leggings all week. I forgot to use my skincare and the dog was happily feral. Next holiday, I’m going to reassess and try to pare back the baggage. I will be one of those optimal people who manage to take a small case with a collection of elegant but vital things.”


Barbra Streisand on Marijuana, H.E.R., and CD Players in the Car
The release of her from-the-vault album gets the living legend talking.

Barbra Streisand, the EGOT-winner and performer with six decades of perfection under her belt, unveiled a new album Friday called Release Me 2. It is a collection of previously unreleased tracks dating from 1962 to 2014, from songwriters like Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Randy Newman, and Carole King, and includes duets with notables like Willie Nelson and Kermit The Frog. It’s only 34 minutes and you should listen to it.
New Streisand material (even if it’s “old” new material) also means new Streisand interviews. Brooklyn’s favorite daughter recorded a podcast with Variety, in which the singer-actress-director-humanitarian admitted to still being in her nightie at 3pm. Clearly feeling at ease, she got into some other aspects of her personal life.


A Sparkly, Campy, Emotional Night With Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
For their last performance together, at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the duo had an audience of thousands on their feet.

Lady Gaga kicked things off, appearing on stage in a half crystal-embellished, half feathered dress with a dramatic slit—paired with a coordinating feathered stole and crystal-embellished microphone. She vamped, swayed and shimmied as she performed jazz standards with a full orchestra behind her. She gave a cheeky hello to President Clinton. At one point, she wandered over to the cocktail tables positioned on the side of the stage knocked back two glasses of champagne that appeared to belong to audience members. There was a glittering crystal cloud above her. The conductor, the magnetic musical director Michael Beardon, paired his white tailcoat with a long, flowing do-rag. There were multiple trumpet solos. We even got a Star is Born moment with a show stopping rendition of “La Vie en Rose,” with Gaga in a sort of French maid-inspired cocktail look. It was all extremely campy and shiny and fabulous.


Explore the the Palm Springs home of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz designed by the Los Angeles architecture legend Paul R. Williams.
Julius Shulman, 1910-2009, was an active architectural photographer from 1936 until 1986. Representing his career, the archive documents the modern movement in architecture spanning several decades and serves as a historical record of the Southern California landscape. Shulman’s prolific career has helped to promote and broaden the knowledge of modern architecture by the thoughtful manner which he conveyed architectural design.


Streamers Bidding On Superagent Sue Mengers Biopic Package With Jennifer Lawrence & Paolo Sorrentino
A big biopic project about famed talent agent Sue Mengers is being shopped around town Deadline has confirmed with Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence circling and filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino attached. Lauren Schuker Blum, Rebecca Angelo and John Logan wrote the screenplay about the female agent who crashed the Hollywood boys club of agenting with her brandishing an outsized personality to go with her client list.


No, school isn’t going to be “normal” this fall
But we can still make this pandemic school year better than the last.

Not too long ago, it seemed possible that the 2021-22 school year would be a “normal” one for American kids. Parents and experts alike hoped that vaccination rates among adults would drive down community spread of Covid-19 to manageable levels. There was talk that vaccines for younger kids would arrive, giving them the same protection as adults.
But now fall is upon us, and neither of these things has happened. A combination of lagging vaccination rates and the spread of the delta variant means that a majority of counties in America are considered to be at “substantial” or greater risk of Covid-19 transmission, according to the CDC. Vaccine approval for kids under 12 could still be months away. All of that poses big challenges for school districts that are planning to welcome students back in person, five days a week.

Trading cards are big business now. Blame the adults.
Pokémon cards, baseball cards, even Magic: The Gathering cards can all be worth thousands.

There have been a lot of theories that attempt to diagnose the ongoing card market volatility. Many have pointed to the coronavirus pandemic, which has kept a lot of people isolated at home with plenty of time to pick up a new hobby. Team Whistle, a sports broadcasting company, conducted a study in the middle of our long quarantine winter which found that 77 percent of millennials and Gen Zers felt a desire to engage with “comfortable content that will give them a break from the news,” with 73 percent reporting that they’ve spent money on a hobby “within the last month.” (A majority of the same sample reported card collecting to be more “comfortable” than, say, reading comic books or playing video games.)


The long reach of Belarus’s repression
Why an Olympic athlete’s complaint became an act of protest.

Belarusian Olympic hopeful Krystsina Tsimanouskaya just wanted to run her race, the 200-meter sprint, in the Tokyo Games. But when she found out that she’d been added to the registration to run the 4×400 relay, a race she hadn’t trained for, the 24-year-old took to Instagram to vent her frustration with her coaches and at her country’s Olympic committee.
That was enough to turn her into a dissident — because in Belarus, run by the authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko for 27 years, even a tiny act of resistance can be a challenge to the state.
Her coaches informed her that she’d been ordered by government officials to return back home immediately. When she balked, they warned her, “If you stay here against [their] will, understand that it will lead to nothing good,” and, “that’s how suicide cases end up, unfortunately.”


Covid-19 cases now fall into 3 distinct categories
The US epidemic — and people’s risk from Covid-19 — has changed in this latest wave of cases.

Even as the current surge of Covid-19 in the United States surpasses those in the spring and summer of 2020, trailing only the devastating winter wave, it is being driven by a different mix of cases than the prior waves.
Back then, the coronavirus was still new and most people had no immunity to it. The vaccines were still months away. When cases started to rise, experts issued dire warnings that deaths would soon rise in accordance. They were right.
But this wave comes as the US is hitting a milestone: 70 percent of the over-18 population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. There are still large pockets of the country without robust protection, with vaccination rates lagging in the 40s. Those places are driving the current surge. Still, immunity is much more widespread now, and medical care for Covid-19 is much improved. As a result, deaths are (so far) not rising at nearly the same rate as cases.


Huzzah! The trailer has dropped for the 2nd season of ‘The Great’
It’s official: the fabulously louche series starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult as Catherine the Great and Peter III of Russia is returning for a second season. Here’s what we know so far

Back in February of this year, we were riding a joyful wave of top-notch period dramas. Admittedly, Bridgerton and The Great – one fictional the other a revisionist history – were only comparable through genre, but what they also had in common is that they were both confirmed for a second season. Now, quite incredibly, they’ve wrapped on filming the second season of The Great – and a trailer has dropped evidencing all the hilarity, irreverence and haughtiness we’ve come to expect after watching the first (plus a highly pregnant Catherine).


The Gloriously Versatile Plantain
Every starch has its secrets. Here’s what makes plantains so exceptional.

Starches — legumes, tubers, grains, to name a few — are a motley bunch. But one thing they share is how they strike a delicate balance between firm and plump, and, well, dried out or mealy when cooked. One starch, though, is sturdy enough to withstand a little overcooking and can be prepared at any stage of ripeness: the gloriously versatile plantain.
Think of plantains as a subcategory of banana. They’re genetically similar, thanks to selective propagation over thousands of years. And, like bananas, plantains grow in tropical and subtropical climates across the globe, ensuring that they are always in season and making them a crucial ingredient in cuisines across West Africa, South and Central America, India and the Caribbean. But the main differences between the two are that plantains are starchier than bananas, not as easily peeled and usually not eaten raw. Rather, they shine when cooked.”







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