T LOunge for October 12th, 2021

Posted on October 12, 2021

The Red Room Bar at The Connaught – Mayfair, London, England

 

Oooh, we like a LOunge with a slightly off-kilter vibe, darlings – especially if that vibe comes with really comfy seating. Pick your spot and start holding a séance or chatting about your favorite murder podcast. After all, it’s Spooky Season, is it not? We know it is by the number of wholly unnecessary bags of candy we picked up at Target this weekend. We always think the little Halloween-themed treats would look so cute and festive in a bowl and the fact remains that most of them never see the inside of one – and if they do, it’s never for long. “We made a huge mistake,” is how Lorenzo put it last night – as he has every October for the last decade at least. What can we say? We’re suckers for themed M&Ms, darlings!

Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to drink our meals for the next two days as penance and it takes a while to wash all that fucking kale. Chat amongst yourselves, darlings!

 

 

Ella Emhoff Thinks It’s Weird She’s Famous, Too
The activist / model is now the face of adidas by Stella McCartney.

“I think being a model, it’s a little different from what the job was even ten years ago. I think modeling now is not just about modeling, but it’s about creating space for people who do other things, whether it be art, activism, writing, any type of creation. And I get really excited when I’m able to do things that, and work with brands that actually let me not only be the model, but actually share my own thoughts and have [conversations] like this where I can talk about sustainability and activism in general. And I feel like especially with this [Adidas] campaign, so McCartney chose a great team of people who aren’t necessarily models, but they’re artists. They’re writers. They’re actually have something to say. That’s what gets me so excited about the whole industry. I see my peers, especially people coming from New York who aren’t “models,” but they’ll use their own image to amplify their work and their ideals.”

 

Say The Names Of Missing Native Women This Indigenous Peoples’ Day
“Native women and girls… continue to be left out of conversations and decisions,” writes Allie Young, a citizen of the Diné community.

In Wyoming, the state where Petito’s body was found, a Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Task Force report found that 710 Indigenous people—mostly girls—have gone missing since 2011. Their stories receive little to no coverage, and hardly ever lead the news cycle. When a case does get coverage, it is often filled with stereotypes and victim-blaming language. Indigenous victims and other victims of color should receive the same level of coverage and support as Gabby Petito, because all girls on this planet are daughters, granddaughters, sisters, nieces, and cousins. No family should ever have to deal with the trauma of losing their children without support.

 

We Know the Spooky Halloween Nail Art You Should Try This Year
All based on your zodiac sign.

The moment you’ve been waiting for is here — that’s right, it’s spooky season. And we’re already thinking about the coolest Halloween nail art to do.
But with so many options to choose from, we’ve decided to use astrology to help us pair things down. After all, your zodiac sign can help decode the look that vibes with your personality. Plus, Halloween is the best time to go all out with your nail art choices.
So let’s claw into it, shall we?

 

‘Krispy Skreme’ Celebrates Halloween with Black Cat, Cauldron, and Broomstick Doughnuts
No, that’s not a Krispy Kreme knockoff: The brand even changed their logo for October.

Krispy Kreme is no stranger to promotions: In fact, from LTOs to freebies, it’s kind of their thing. Halloween is no exception and the holiday has inspired everything from slime-filled doughnuts and candy-topped doughnuts to free doughnut giveaways. This year is no exception and Krispy Kreme is going all-in with four new limited-time-only doughnuts, a $1 dozen deal, a free doughnut deal… and if that isn’t enough, they’ve also temporarily changed their name.

 

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Defends Dave Chappelle Special in Staff Memo: ‘Artistic Freedom’ Is Different for Stand-Up
Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has addressed staff members on the streamer’s controversial new Dave Chappelle stand-up special, “The Closer.”
The firebrand comedian has drawn criticism from the LGBTQ+ community in recent days over several jokes, specifically around the “thin skin” of trans people and the effects of so-called “cancel culture.”
In a Friday memo sent after Netflix’s quarterly business review, a two-day gathering of the top 500 employees at the company, Sarandos offered guidance on how managers should handle upset employees and angry talent speaking out against Chappelle. It was the same meeting crashed by three junior staffers, one of whom was an out trans person who was critical of Chappelle on Twitter last week. All three were suspended, an an investigation is pending.

 

Please Stop The Great British Baking Show From Becoming The Great British Science Fair
Netflix’s beloved baking show is placing its emphasis on style over substance.

For this season’s first showstopper, judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith asked the thirteen bakers to each bake a “gravity-defying” cake. If I wanted to see something defy gravity, I’d turn off Netflix and simply buy a ticket to Wicked—but I digress. This is a prime example of the extremely difficult tasks that have become du jour on GBBS—challenges designed to test the bakers’ ingenuity, while adding an element of difficulty and danger. Will the cakes “defy gravity,” or will they collapse and fall? Stay tuned in to find out!

 

Watch Phoebe Dynevor Transform Into A Feminist Pioneer For Her First Film
Phoebe Dynevor is leaving the ton behind her – at least until the second series of Bridgerton bows. For her next major role, and her first ever on the big screen, the Duchess of Hastings will be transforming into Stoke-on-Trent ceramicist (and feminist pioneer) Clarice Cliff, who became a household name in the ’20s thanks to her pioneering Art-Deco ceramics. Titled The Colour Room, the Sky Original Film will chart Cliff’s life from girlhood, when her family sent her to work in a factory aged 13.

 

How HoYeon Jung Went From Louis Vuitton Model To Squid Game Star
In some way, Jung’s owes her success to Tyra Banks’ international smizing empire. While Jung started modeling and did some work during Seoul Fashion Week as a 16-year-old, she soon found herself competing on the fourth season of Korea’s Next Top Model in 2013. She was pushed to the bottom three by episode two and was eliminated the next week, but she returned to the competition in episode five. She went on to win the final two regular competitive episodes and wound up as one of the runner-ups.

 

The Necessary Will of Lesbian Mothers
Nuclear Family, the HBO documentary series concluding this Sunday, centers one couple who created their dream of a traditional-while-lesbian family with children. In 1976, when Russo and Robin first fell in love, the operative dyke discussion about parenting was the heartbreaking, infuriating, cruel injustice of gay women losing custody of children they had given birth to in the context of previous heterosexual marriage. Ex-husbands and grandparents used the courts to brutally seize children on the assumption that lesbianism itself made mothers unfit. From the vindictive husband of poet Minnie Bruce Pratt in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1975 to the mother of Sharon Bottoms, a grocery-store clerk from Henrico County, Virginia, in 1993, women lost court cases and had their children forcibly taken away. One of the early civil-rights organizations formed out of emerging lesbian consciousness was the Lesbian Mothers’ Defense Fund, based in Seattle. As more women came out, more children were seized. From 1976 to 1980 the Fund assisted over 400 lesbian mothers under threat.

 

The Centre Pompidou presents the first retrospective in France of Georgia O’Keeffe
The Centre Pompidou presents the first retrospective in France of Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986), one of the greatest figures in 20th century North American art. Boasting some hundred paintings, drawings and photographs, the exhibition proposes a complete review of her artistic career. Georgia O’Keefe died at the age of 98 and lived through the essential aesthetic adventures of the last century. In the 1920s she belonged to the limited circle of the inventors of American modernism, then participated in the 1930s in the quest for identity that marked the United States, before becoming a pioneer of “hard edge” abstract painting in the 1960s.

 

Prince Charles says his Aston Martin sports car, gifted to him on his 21st birthday by the Queen, runs on white wine and cheese
Prince Charles’ vintage Aston Martin sports car is partly powered by cheese waste and surplus wine, he told the BBC’s climate editor, Justin Rowlatt, in an interview that aired on Monday.
In the interview, filmed in a garden he said he planted at Balmoral to honor the birth of Prince George, Charles described the practical ways he was incorporating his passion for the environment into everyday life. One of those ways, he said, was converting the fuel source for the vintage car, which the Queen gave him on his 21st birthday.
“My old Aston Martin, that runs now on waste products,” he said. “It runs on — can you believe this — surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process.”

 

This Underrated Region in Italy Is a Less-crowded Alternative to Cinque Terre — Here’s How to Plan the Perfect Visit
The Bay of Poets on the Ligurian coast is a quieter, roomier alternative to Cinque Terre.

There is so much more to the Ligurian coast, though. On this same trip, which took place during Ferragosto, the annual August holiday that marks a two-week vacation for Italians, I was able to spend a few days in the Bay of Poets, or Golfo dei Poeti, which locals like to visit. It’s an area that remains blissfully uncrowded from mainstream tourism. Base yourself in one of these following towns and explore a slice of the Italian Riviera that inspired writers and poets like Dante, Shelley, and Lord Byron.

 

Wes Anderson shapes classic carriage for cinematic journeys
Filmmaker Wes Anderson has helped redesign a 1950s British Pullman train carriage for luxury travel company Belmond

Luxury travel specialist Belmond has revealed its newest project, a collaboration with the American film director Wes Anderson. The result is a restored and renewed carriage in Belmond’s British Pullman train, enhanced and upgraded to create a window into Anderson’s world.
The train carriage is a classic cinematic space. Perfectly shaped to frame a static shot, it provides a backdrop for all the conventions of drama, while still allowing a landscape to unspool behind the action to advance the plot and the protagonists’ journey.
Few contemporary filmmakers better understand the conventions and language of film than Wes Anderson. The director’s latest film, The French Dispatch, his tenth full-length feature, looks set to contain the checklist of visual and stylistic eccentricities that have become synonymous with his work. The railway carriage is a favourite device of Anderson – the elaborately constructed sets for his 2007 film The Darjeeling Limited were built aboard a real Indian Railways train, overseen by production designer Mark Friedberg. Every Anderson interior gets a similar level of forensic detail, from submarines to townhouses, to magazine offices and hotels.

 

Why the best aliens are just a little bit human
Sci-fi author Becky Chambers explains how to build a better alien and how to imagine hopeful futures.

The sci-fi writer launched her career in 2012 by raising money on Kickstarter, meant to buy herself the time to focus on finishing her first novel, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. which she eventually self-published in 2014.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is defined by grounded hopefulness and top-notch space opera pastiche — it captures so many of the reasons I love Star Trek without actually having anything to do with Star Trek — and it soon found a cult fan base. That fan base has grown considerably as Chambers has published three novels set in the same universe as Planet, as well as two unrelated novellas. (The republished edition of Planet and her subsequent books have been published by major sci-fi publishing houses.)
The Wayfarers series is Chambers’s most famous work to date. It even won the Hugo Award, one of the most prestigious sci-fi prizes, for best series in 2019. It centers on a future version of humanity that has found its way into something called the Galactic Commons, a sort of United Nations for the galaxy.

 

The problem with America’s semi-rich
America’s upper-middle class works more, optimizes their kids, and are miserable.

It’s easy to place the blame for America’s economic woes on the 0.1 percent. They hoard a disproportionate amount of wealth and are taking an increasingly and unacceptably large part of the country’s economic growth. To quote Bernie Sanders, the “billionaire class” is thriving while many more people are struggling. Or to channel Elizabeth Warren, the top 0.1 percent holds a similar amount of wealth as the bottom 90 percent — a staggering figure.
There’s a space between that 0.1 percent and the 90 percent that’s often overlooked: the 9.9 percent that resides between them. They’re the group in focus in a new book by philosopher Matthew Stewart (no relation), The 9.9 percent: The New Aristocracy That Is Entrenching Inequality and Warping Our Culture.

 

Jubilant Queen to be inducted into racing hall of fame
Her Majesty has been honoured for her lifelong commitment to British flat racing ahead of her Platinum Jubilee next year

The Queen’s love of flat racing and, by default, her horses is no secret – therefore it comes as no great surprise that she has been inducted into the official Hall of Fame for British Flat Racing. In an interview with Country Life last year she revealed her 13 favourite horses of all time – spanning polo ponies to Highlanders via her flat racing favourites. One of the latter horses was Aureole, bred by her father, George VI. The horse went on to win seven races including the Coronation Cup and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, and also came second in the Derby.

 

Ludovic Lindsay on why he’s releasing a book about his fascinating family
The Lindsays of Balcarres tells the story of the Premier Earls of Scotland, whose history goes back to the time of Charlemagne

The Lindsay Clan, which traces its roots back to the time of Charlemagne, almost lost everything after siding with the Stuarts for 200 years, but fortuitous marriages, colonial endeavours and the industrial revolution enabled them to create a new fortune and in 1848 successfully reclaim their position as the Premier Earls of Scotland. This renewal coincided with the birth of photography in the 1840s, which encouraged the family to capture moments of their leisure pursuits and other enthusiasms and the part they played in the events of their time. The book also serves as a social history, recording the rapidly changing industries they were involved in and the relationships with their staff on which their way of life depended.

 

A New Cookbook by Indigenous People, for Indigenous People
A group of Indigenous chefs is releasing a virtual cookbook featuring digital issues, webinars and videos to reclaim narratives about Native foods.

“A Gathering Basket,” a new cookbook, aims to do the work of telling the stories behind Indigenous foods like the chiltepin. There have been several cookbooks published about Indigenous foodways, but this one — helmed by the Indigenous chef organization I-Collective — stands apart for being written by Indigenous people for their community.
“There is such a missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to Indigenous cooking,” said M. Karlos Baca, a lead writer for “A Gathering Basket.” “The narrative that has been pushed is that we were wandering the lands and just barely sustaining ourselves,” when in reality Indigenous people have centuries of rich and innovative food traditions.

 

Superman Comes Out, as DC Comics Ushers In a New Man of Steel
The new Superman, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, is concerned about the environment, does not shy away from politics and will soon begin a romantic relationship with a male friend.

The new Superman, Jonathan Kent — who is the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane — will soon begin a romantic relationship with a male friend, DC Comics announced Monday.
That same-sex relationship is just one of the ways that Jonathan Kent, who goes by Jon, is proving to be a different Superman than his famous father. Since his new series, Superman: Son of Kal-El, began in July, Jon has combated wildfires caused by climate change, thwarted a high school shooting and protested the deportation of refugees in Metropolis.
“The idea of replacing Clark Kent with another straight white savior felt like a missed opportunity,” Tom Taylor, who writes the series, said in an interview. He said that a “new Superman had to have new fights — real world problems — that he could stand up to as one of the most powerful people in the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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