T LOunge for October 11th, 2021

Posted on October 11, 2021

Esmée Bar and Restaurant – København, Denmark


We feel like some coolly soothing minimalism is what’s needed for us today. It’s the perfect vibe for relaxing or procrastinating (which is always the goal for any LOunge), but it has a brightly efficient Monday sort of vibe for those who might have some things on their plate for today. We are happy to report that we are back to Before Times content levels (the stars are hitting the red carpets just like the old days, thank you, Jesus) and we have a busy day of posts ahead of us. Somehow, we’re also going to fit a corporate talk on diversity somewhere in our schedule this morning and then attend a screening later tonight, which will be our first time inside a movie theater since 2019. Will we have time to fit in a workout as well? Stay tuned! We’re feeling ambitious!

But for real, if you’re here to just sip beverages and do nothing, that’s probably the more appropriate vibe. Talk amongst yourselves, dolls!


A First Look At Timothée Chalamet As A Young Willy Wonka
Plot details are scant, but the outlet adds that the film will reportedly explore how Wonka, who appears in Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, became an illustrious candymaker. Paddington’s Paul King is directing, David Heyman, of the Harry Potter franchise, is producing, and the cast will also include Olivia Colman, Sally Hawkins and Rowan Atkinson. For Chalamet, it’s one of a host of high-profile roles he has in the offing: he’s about to appear in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, stars opposite Zendaya in Denis Villeneuve’s much-anticipated sci-fi epic Dune, and will play living music legend Bob Dylan in the biopic Going Electric.


Why Madonna Didn’t Want a Man to Direct Her Upcoming “Visual Autobiography”
Previous attempts to make a movie about her life were “hideous, superficial, crap,” she says.

Madonna is taking creative control over the upcoming biographical movie about her life.
The “Holiday” singer explained during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that even though multiple scripts have come her way throughout her life asking to bring her career to the big screen, they were always conceptualized by men who didn’t understand her life story.
“People have tried to write movies about me but they’re always men…ugh,” said Madonna during the interview. “[Universal] sent me a script and they wanted my blessing and I read it and it was one of the most hideous, superficial, crap I’ve ever read. And then I found out —I’m not even going to say his name but he’s a total misogynist—was directing and I’m thinking ‘Why would these people make a movie about my life?'”


Resurrecting A Lost Palace of Haiti
The artist Firelei Báez created an immersive installation of the lost Haitian palace Sans Souci. Haitian historian Marlene Daut ruminates on what the castle’s ghost means during a turbulent year in Haitian history.

Haiti’s first, last, and only king, Henry Christophe, fought in the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), which ended slavery and colonialism on the French-claimed island of Saint-Domingue (today, Haiti). When Christophe became king of the northern part of the country in 1811, he sought to create monuments to Haiti’s War of Independence that would “attest for centuries to come to the memory of this glorious event!” Completed in 1813, his castle was also a visible testament both of Haiti’s wealth and prosperity after slavery, and the Haitian peoples’ origins in Africa. The kingdom’s most prolific writer, Baron de Vastey, said that the palace was proof Haitians had not lost “the architectural taste and genius of our ancestors who covered Ethiopia, Egypt, Carthage, and Old Spain, with their superb monuments.”


Who is Raymond Ablack From ‘Maid’ and ‘Ginny and Georgia’?
The Canadian actor has become our favorite Netflix heartthrob.

New Netflix drama Maid, a heartwrenching show about poverty in America, follows a young single mother as she fights to create a better life for her daughter. After leaving her abusive boyfriend, Alex (Margaret Qualley) has to find a new home and job with very little resources, while also fighting for custody of her two-year-old Maddy. Along the way, Alex receives help from an old friend and new romantic interest, a kind-hearted single dad named Nate (Raymond Ablack).
As Nate, Ablack reprises the heartthrob role that he became Netflix-famous for in Ginny and Georgia earlier this year. Though many may be seeing him for the first time in Ginny and Georgia and Maid, the Canadian actor has been starring in beloved roles on Broadway and television since he was a kid growing up in Toronto. Here’s everything we know about Raymond Ablack.


‘It Was a Beautiful Journey’: An Interview with Parallel Mothers Breakout Star Milena Smit
In the text Pedro Almodóvar wrote about Milena Smit for the September issue of Vogue Spain, he said the actor “possesses an emotional intelligence and sincerity that cannot be learned in any school.” To spend a few minutes with her is more than enough to confirm the words from the Spanish director. She balances out her still modest acting experience (though she seems to be at the start of a long and interesting career) with a truth and empathy that are not too common. There is a special light that she gives to Ana, her character in Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers, which marks only the second film for the 25-year-old star, who shares the limelight with none other than Penélope Cruz.


Aromatic Bitters
It’s fun to make your own bitters, and it takes relatively little effort—just some time to allow the flavorful aromatics to infuse the alcohol. This citrus-spice batch will go nicely with all of your favorite cocktails that call for bitters, or add a few dashes to a glass of seltzer for a refreshing thirst-quencher. If you’d like, you can divide the mixture between a few dropper bottles and gift them to your cocktail-loving friends.


Alice Walton Envisions the Future of American Art
With Crystal Bridges, the world-class museum she founded in Bentonville, Arkansas, the arts patron is transforming the nation’s cultural landscape.

“I think part of what makes Crystal Bridges special is this whole connection between nature, art, and architecture, and the healing space that that creates,” Alice Walton tells me on a sunny afternoon as we walk through the grounds of the museum she founded, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. “I know in my own way, my little watercolors help connect me to nature, and help connect me to myself.” Walton’s interest in art began when she was young: On camping trips in the Ozarks, she and her mother would paint the surrounding landscapes. Today, her museum boasts a “studio,” where visitors of all ages can exercise their creativity. Watercolor supplies are available for people to borrow and take with them along the trails, should inspiration strike.


It’s Time to Stop Talking About “Generations”
The discovery that you can make money marketing merchandise to teen-agers dates from the early nineteen-forties, which is also when the term “youth culture” first appeared in print. There was a reason that those things happened when they did: high school. Back in 1910, most young people worked; only fourteen per cent of fourteen- to seventeen-year-olds were still in school. In 1940, though, that proportion was seventy-three per cent. A social space had opened up between dependency and adulthood, and a new demographic was born: “youth.”
The rate of high-school attendance kept growing. By 1955, eighty-four per cent of high-school-age Americans were in school. (The figure for Western Europe was sixteen per cent.) Then, between 1956 and 1969, college enrollment in the United States more than doubled, and “youth” grew from a four-year demographic to an eight-year one. By 1969, it made sense that everyone was talking about the styles and values and tastes of young people: almost half the population was under twenty-five.


The 10 Most Impressive Art Deco Buildings in the World
Make sure to add these icons of art deco style to your travel list.

It’s no surprise that the art deco movement was born around the conclusion of World War I. It was a symbol of hope, a new beginning that parted ways with the past’s opulent and overly ornate designs, and instead, put a stress on a more straightforward, functional, modern-day aesthetic. The trend emerged during the 1925 world’s fair in Paris, where exhibitors from around the globe were asked to build their pavilions in a brand-new style that made no historical references to other movements. Gone were the lavish religious and floral motifs of the past centuries. They were replaced by stylized shapes and geometrical elements, as well as chevron, sunburst, and zigzag patterns that are now emblematic of the art deco style.


The thorny truth about socially responsible investing
Think you’re investing ethically? You might be surprised.

It’s good that the general public, including investors, is trying to pay attention to where money flows. What isn’t so good: Plenty of people think they’re investing in ways that match their values when in reality, they aren’t. It’s really easy to slap the ESG label onto an investment product, likely increase fees on it a little bit, and call it a day. Plenty of big investors claim they’re managing their money in an environmentally friendly, socially responsible way — and assume nobody’s peeking behind the curtain.


The appeal and the shortcomings of women-only gym
In middle school, I wanted a Curves membership. But I really just wanted to be comfortable working out.

A 2018 survey by an exercise product site found that nearly one in five women said they had experienced harassment at the gym, causing the majority of them to change their behavior in some way. From changing what they wore (or their workout program) to considering an all-women gym to refraining from going to the gym at all, it is a common occurrence for women to adjust their lives based on what happens at the gym. In an ideal world, the gym is supposed to be a safe space, but the behavior of other gym-goers can seriously infringe on that.


Where British Prime Ministers go on their holidays
As Boris Johnson heads to the Costa del Sol for a late summer getaway following his slightly disastrous trip to Scotland last year – Tatler questions, what does a PM’s holiday spot say about them?

Boris Johnson and family have jetted off to Marbella; reportedly staying in an uber luxurious private villa in the hills above the Costa del Sol. If rumours are to be believed, it’s where Diana, Princess of Wales stayed following her divorce from Prince Charles and it belongs to Tory peer Zac Goldsmith. The smart residence is an ocean away from last year’s Johnson family getaway – which saw the four of them (Johnson, his then-fiancée Carrie, their four-month-old son Wilfred and Dilyn the dog) travel to the wilds of Scotland on a cottage-and-bell tent staycation.


Why Is Everyone Talking About Dalgona Candy?
Interest in the South Korean treat has spiked since the debut of the Netflix drama “Squid Game.”

One of Maddy Park’s earliest memories of street food was when vendors set up a portable stove outside her elementary school in Seoul, South Korea, to sell a candy for about a dime. It was part sweet treat, part game.
Candy makers melted sugar and frothed it up with a pinch of baking soda to make this dalgona candy, Ms. Park recalled. They then pressed the mixture flat and pushed shapes like a circle, triangle, square, star or umbrella into the center. Ms. Park’s classmates determinedly tried to pick out the stamped shape using a needle without breaking it — a game called ppopgi. If the children successfully removed the shape from the brittle candy, they won another treat for free.


Agony and Ecstasy on the Scottish Archipelago of St. Kilda
The 85-mile boat ride through rough seas left some of us huddling in discomfort. But the scenery on the remote and windswept islands was otherworldly.

For centuries, the archipelago of St. Kilda, one of the most remote areas of the British Isles, has electrified the imaginations of writers, historians, artists, scientists and adventurers.
Some 40 miles west of the chief islands of the Outer Hebrides, St. Kilda has a tantalizing history, replete with a rich cultural heritage, fiercely independent people, distinctive architecture and haunting isolation — as well as disease, famine and exile.
Recent archaeological research suggests that the main island, Hirta, which is around 2.5 square miles, was inhabited as far back as 2,000 years ago. Its last full-time residents, 36 in total, were evacuated to the mainland on Aug. 29, 1930, their community and their way of life having become unsustainable.


The Ancient Origins of the Flower Crown
From symbol of victory to Snapchat filter, wreaths of leaves and flowers have had symbolic meaning in Western culture for over 2,000 years

The flower crown is today a fashionable accessory synonymous with Coachella revelers and boho brides, but it’s not new: wearing leaves and flowers as a headpiece has a rich history dating back to the ancient classical world.
Since antiquity, the circular or horseshoe shape of the wreath has been a symbol of glory, power, and eternity. In ancient Greece and Rome many crowns were made of wool and foliage such as myrtle and ivy leaves, and were adorned with different flowers, which held various associations through time.




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