T LOunge for October 15th, 2021

Posted on October 15, 2021

Il San Pietro di Positano Zass Restaurant and Terrace Bar – Positano, Italy

 

Breathe in that sea air, darlings. Your view is expansive, your table is ready, your seat is comfy and everything is paid for. Enjoy your Friday. Procrastinate and live in denial for as long as you need. You deserve this.

 

Yes, Murray Bartlett Is Aware of the Memes
In one of the year’s most talked about performances, The White Lotus star proved he could make any look work. Including the look he made hovering over that suitcase.

I’m honestly more a shack-on-the-beach, cabin-in-the-woods type of guy, so I don’t spend a lot of time in hotels, except for work. It was interesting doing The White Lotus because we were living and working in that resort. It made me very aware of my tendency to be a little bit like some of the characters in the show. My laundry hadn’t come back for a couple of days, and I’m like, “Where’s my laundry?” But then I thought, “What are you talking about?” I worked in the service industry when I was a young actor, so when you do that, it’s embedded in your psyche to not be a dick to people who are in those positions. Because you know what it feels like to be on the receiving end of obnoxious behavior. So I try my best to be mindful.

 

What Is Stephanie Land of ‘Maid’ Doing Now?
The real-life Alex is now a New York Times best-selling author.

Netflix’s newest acclaimed drama, Maid, tells the story of a single mother’s resilience and recovery from domestic abuse. It follows Alex, a young woman who leaves her abusive boyfriend and navigates the American welfare system while getting whatever work she can cleaning houses. The heart-wrenching show has captivated fans, who have been asking whether Maid is based on a true story.
The series is based on author Stephanie Land’s memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. Though much of the show is fictionalized, adding in new characters and including more of Alex’s mother and father, the larger arc and many of the scenes with Alex and her daughter, Maddy, come from Land’s real life, when she worked as a maid after leaving an abusive relationship. Since the events of the book and show ended, Land has become a college graduate and best-selling author who owns a home in Missoula, Montana.

 

Adele Is Back—Everything You Need to Know About Her New Album 30
The superstar’s new era is finally here.

It’s time to emotionally prepare for the return of Adele.
After weeks of hinting to fans across the globe by way of cryptic projections of the number 30, Adele has confirmed that new music is just around the corner. The 15-time Grammy winner released her first single off her fourth studio album Thursday. With “Easy on Me,” fans have waited with bated breath to hear the star’s first song in more than six years.

 

Royal Doctors Want Queen Elizabeth to Stop Drinking
And she’s not happy about it.

It would be safe to assume that Queen Elizabeth, age 95 and a woman who literally wears a crown and rules over an entire commonwealth of 54 countries, would be able to do what she damn well pleases, but it appears that royal medical experts are advising her to give up her daily cocktail. Elizabeth has been seen with a cane recently, which raised concerns about her health. So, while everyone probably wants what’s best for the monarch, sources close to her say that she’s not happy about giving up “one of very few pleasures” she has left.
Though she’s not a heavy drinker, a source shared that Elizabeth likes to have a Champagne nightcap before bed and that she usually has a martini a day.

 

2021’s Latest Home Decor Trend? The Domesticated Disco Ball
International design superstar and home decor trendsetter Kelly Wearstler knew she wanted to start spotlighting avant garde makers on her eponymous e-commerce site. But the question was who, and what, to start with.
It didn’t take her long to decide: the first object of interests would be Rotganzen’s Quelle Fête series.
This summer, the Dutch collective debuted a new drop of their signature disco balls. But unlike your standard spherical fare, Rotganzen’s are melted, morphous, and a bit melancholic, a visual reminder of nightclub glory days gone by.

 

Jamie Lee Curtis Talks Horror Movies, Producing, and Revisiting Her Most Iconic Character in Halloween Kills
Throughout her four-decade reign as Scream Queen, Jamie Lee Curtis has encountered every type of cinematic horror imaginable. There’s the scythe-wielding pirate ghosts of The Fog; the revenge-seeking psychopath from Terror Train; the serial killer tailing her in Blue Steel. She was nearly decapitated by her brother in Prom Night, chased through the Australian outback in Road Games, and faced the ultimate terror (teenage girls!) in Freaky Friday. Michael Myers, however, was a different story.

 

McDonald’s McPlant Is Finally Arriving in the U.S. — But Only at Eight Locations
McDonald’s says the test “will help us understand how offering a burger with a plant-based patty impacts the kitchens in our restaurants.”

Nearly one year after McDonald’s announced plans for its long-awaiting plant-based burger, the McPlant, the product is finally set for a public launch on U.S. shores… but only at a mere eight locations across the country. And not for another three weeks.
The burger giant announced today that, starting November 3, eight locations would offer a limited-time test run of the burger which was made in collaboration with Beyond Meat but is exclusive to McDonald’s. Expect to see the McPlant in Irving and Carrollton, Texas; Cedar Falls, Iowa; Jennings and Lake Charles, Louisiana; and El Segundo and Manhattan Beach, California, all with the “while supplies last” caveat, of course.

 

Beyoncé’s 96 Best Looks Of All Time: From ‘Jumpin Jumpin’ To ‘Drunk In Love’
Happy birthday month, Beyoncé!

Beyoncé is a style icon, there’s no debating it.
From ‘Bootylicious’s’ tassle pink get-ups, to ‘Crazy In Love’s’ denim hotpants to that Roberto Cavalli yellow ruffle dress she accessorised with a baseball bat in the ‘Hold Up’ video – Beyoncé impact on pop culture very much extends to fashion too.
But, off duty (if Beyoncé ever is off duty, we’re not too sure as she appears to be super human), Beyoncé has a whole host of memorable outfits too. With a penchant for hourglass shapes, bright colours and diamond jewellery, over the years we’ve seen. a whole host of standout red carpet and street style moments from the star.
From her go-to favourite designers like Peter Dundas, Roberto Cavalli and Christopher John Rogers to representing smaller brands and Black-owned brands from across the world, Beyoncé’s best looks are varied, unique and sometimes surprising. But one thing’s for sure, they are always impactful.
As Beyoncé recently celebrated her 40th birthday, we rounded up her best looks, starting with the most recent…

 

Chivda
Popular during Diwali, this snack mix has many variations. Yamini Joshi’s version, which she keeps on hand for visitors during the holiday, includes crispy rice flakes, nuts, shredded coconut, spices, seeds, raisins, and roasted split chickpeas. Fragrant from curry leaves, sour from ground dried pomegranate arils, and lightly smoky from black salt, it’s a crunchy, chewy blend that’s wonderful with hot chai.

 

Best Actress: Leading Women of Color Not Contending for Oscars – Why?
Coming up on the 20th anniversary of Halle Berry’s historic best actress win in 2002, we’re still looking for a second woman of color to join her.
Now that the big four fall festivals — Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York — are over, only a few women of color are contenders in the actress race. And it’s possible that none of them will make the cut when the Oscar nominations are announced in February. (Last winter marked only the second time in Academy Awards history that two Black women — Viola Davis and Andra Day — were nominated for best actress in the same year.)

 

Ted Sarandos and Dave Chappelle Are Missing the Criticism’s Point
The second memo that Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos issued to Netflix staff about Dave Chappelle and stand-up comedy only proves that he doesn’t understand why people are actually upset about how Chappelle approaches transgender people in his new special “The Closer.” In his first response, Sarandos emphasized that even if “some people find the art of stand-up to be mean-spirited … our members enjoy it.” In the second, he again asserts Chappelle’s right to “artistic freedom.” In both, he underlines that neither he nor anyone with sign-off power at Netflix believe that Chappelle’s extensive material on transgender people crosses the line of being “designed to incite hate or violence” — and even if it did, violence on TV doesn’t necessarily, “directly translate to real-world harm.”

 

Southlake school leader tells teachers to balance Holocaust books with ‘opposing’ views
Teachers in the Carroll school district say they fear being punished for stocking classrooms with books dealing with racism, slavery and now the Holocaust.

A top administrator with the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake advised teachers last week that if they have a book about the Holocaust in their classroom, they should also offer students access to a book from an “opposing” perspective, according to an audio recording obtained by NBC News.
Gina Peddy, the Carroll school district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, made the comment Friday afternoon during a training session on which books teachers can have in classroom libraries. The training came four days after the Carroll school board, responding to a parent’s complaint, voted to reprimand a fourth grade teacher who had kept an anti-racism book in her classroom.

 

Laurie Colwin’s Recipe for Being Yourself in the Kitchen
The bossy yet intimate style of her best food writing taught decades of home cooks to trust the strength of their convictions.

In “Home Cooking,” a collection of essays first published in 1988, Laurie Colwin states one opinion after another, as plainly as boiled potatoes. “Grilling is like sunbathing,” she announces. “Everyone knows it is bad for you but no one ever stops doing it.” Along with outdoor cooking, outdoor dining is out, too: “I do not like to eat al fresco. No sane person does, I feel.” During Colwin’s brief career, and then well beyond it, countless readers and cooks have aspired to her idiosyncratic recipe for sanity and self-reliance. Its ingredients were laid out primarily in her columns for Gourmet (which “Home Cooking” collects), and, if Colwin’s opinions were bluntly put, they weren’t obvious: she insisted that simple chicken salad had “a certain glamour,” but rarely extolled chocolate (“I don’t love it”). She wasn’t a polished homemaker in the Betty Crocker tradition or a highly technical haute-cuisine enthusiast like Julia Child, and though she was a working woman in New York, she didn’t fit the type who returned from the office to a sad fridge full of SlimFast.

 

Dave Chappelle vs. trans people vs. Netflix
Chappelle’s latest Netflix special, The Closer, may be a tipping point for trans people.

For the past several years, comedian Dave Chappelle has been locked in a vicious cycle of anti-cancel-culture standup comedy. Over six Netflix specials, Chappelle has lashed out at what he views as progressive attempts to cancel him for his incendiary comedy — all while mocking the queer and transgender communities and the Me Too movement and generally doubling, tripling, and sextupling down on the offensive jokes and reactionary politics that people took issue with in the first place. It’s a fatiguing ouroboros.

 

How TV lied about abortion
For decades, dramatized plot lines about unwanted and unexpected pregnancies helped create our real-world abortion discourse.

In the second season of Mad Men, perpetually desperate Harry Crane needs to prove himself useful to his colleagues at Sterling Cooper. When he hears the CBS drama The Defenders is losing advertisers because of an abortion plot line — a 1962 real-world event — he tries to convince a lipstick company to buy airtime. The Belle Jolie executive balks at “entering the debate,” leaving Harry aghast at the lack of foresight. “Women,” he says incredulously, “will be watching!”
He was right, but so was the Belle Jolie exec.

 

Why so many people undercharge for their work
Setting a rate can be a minefield for folks navigating an industry alone.

“How much is this worth?”
It seems like a simple enough question. If the question is about a product, it likely comes with a price tag; if it’s a service, chances are it has an accompanying rate. As a customer, you either think it’s worth the price listed or not.
When a customer answers the question of what something is worth, economists call it “perceived value,” and this mental notion of how many dollars they would trade for a good or service can be shaped and expanded — by the product’s environment, how it’s marketed, and the story we’re told about it. If you’ve bought caffeinated brown liquid at a Starbucks, you know something about that.

 

Catholic teens and Cranberries’ Dreams: Derry Girls will live forever
Lisa McGee’s comedy, set amid the Troubles in Northern Ireland, is coming to an end after its third season – but its reverence to teenage challenges and joy amid a living conflict leaves a strong legacy

Since its premiere in 2018, Derry Girls has taken the world by storm. Revolving around the lives of five teenagers living during the 1990s Troubles of Northern Ireland, the smash hit Channel 4 comedy is an incredibly hilarious and wholesome addition to our lives.
As creator Lisa McGee confirms that the forthcoming third series is set to be the last, it seems only fitting that we should look back on why Derry Girls took off in quite the way it did. In my opinion, it’s because it completely changed the narrative of how the Troubles of Northern Ireland were portrayed in the media. In the first minutes of the show, 16-year-old Erin Quinn’s (Saoirse-Monica Jackson) dramatised internal monologue of her struggles in Northern Ireland are immediately dashed when she wakes up to the realisation that her cousin Orla McCool (Louisa Harland) is merely reading her diary. This scene, and Derry Girls as a whole, brings the narrative of the Troubles away from the overarching horror that has unfolded for – at that time – over 25 years.

 

Traveling Alone, in Groups
Group tour companies are accommodating more and more solo travelers, who are looking for company — and someone else to handle the complexities of traveling during the pandemic.

After Sheila Katz’s husband died of a degenerative nervous system disorder in April, she knew she had to get away. But her husband had been her travel partner, and without him, she was hesitant to travel alone. The pandemic’s ever-shifting travel regulations were intimidating as well. So Ms. Katz, 45, did something she’d never done before: She joined a group tour.
Solo travelers like Ms. Katz are joining guided tours at unprecedented rates, say tour organizers, with some companies reporting single bookings up 300 percent over those from couples, families or clusters of friends. The majority of these lone travelers have never taken a group trip before. After years of planning their own trips and traveling solo or with a partner, the pandemic — with its months of isolation and its Byzantine travel rules for testing, masks and vaccination — has pushed them to change their ways.

 

‘Insecure’ Broke Ground by Embracing Imperfection
The show, which ends this season, depicted its characters as authentically flawed. “True representation is the ability to show your vulnerability,” said the co-creator and star Issa Rae.

“Insecure” begins its final season by looking backward.
In the season premiere, which debuts Oct. 24 on HBO, the best friends Issa Dee (Issa Rae) and Molly Carter (Yvonne Orji) meet up at Stanford University for their 10-year college reunion, having spent most of last season fighting and apart. Over an eventful weekend, they reminisce about the origins of their relationship and pledge to move forward together, once again firmly in each other’s corners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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