T LOunge for October 19th, 2021

Posted on October 19, 2021

Pantaleo/Mimesi Bar and Restaurant – Rome, Italy


Kittens! Grab a seat, order whatever you want, fail to get anything meaningful done for the day, and through it all, talk amongst yourselves! We are riding a tsunami of content this morning, so we don’t have time to chat ourselves. Brace yourselves for a whole lot of opinions over the next twelve hours or so!


Lashana Lynch on Wearing James Bond’s Signature Wristwatch
Talking to the No Time to Die actor about fashion, representation, and playing a superspy.

She’s able to speak boldly in a way that is feminine. And it’s that femininity that makes her feel as though she’s not just one of the dudes in the film, but that she’s there to be a woman in all her glory. Just because she’s wearing a watch, it doesn’t mean that she has to become a really masculine version of herself. She’s actually adding more elegance.


Halle Berry Takes a New Direction
A new film shows Berry portraying a complicated Black woman in a new way. This time around, she’s also behind the camera

When Halle Berry first read the script of her most recent film, Bruised—which she directs and stars in—she knew it wasn’t going to work for her. The Netflix movie, about a troubled mixed martial arts fighter who tries to get back into the sport when she regains custody of her son, was clearly written for an actress who could play an Irish Catholic woman in her early twenties. Berry was drawn to the intensely physical and emotional story, and identified with the motherhood subplot, but she recognized that the lead role would have to be reworked if a Black woman in her fifties was going to play her—even if it was a Black woman who has looked ageless for her entire career.


On First Ladies, Female Ambition, And Dirty Diapers
Researching first ladies’ attempts to carve out a role for themselves beyond “wife” and “mother” called my own role at home into question.

First ladies become the battlefield for warring ideas about a woman’s role in the home and outside of it, especially when they are mothers. In her memoir, Becoming, Michelle Obama reflects on how she longed to live “with the hat-tossing, independent-career-woman zest of Mary Tyler Moore,” but ended up instead inhabiting the “self-sacrificing, seemingly bland normalcy of being a wife and a mother.” As for me, if I get one more targeted ad for Mother’s Day gifts that place women in the kitchen or nursery, my head will explode. Where are my targeted ads for rugged traveling tools for my next big adventure?


Candace Bushnell Says Her Own Samantha Is Still in Her Life
The Sex and the City author on her new one-woman show and the HBO Max revival.

Do you have any thoughts about Kim Cattrall leaving Sex and the City?
“I think she makes her own decisions. And I really don’t [have any thoughts about it]. I, of course, have my own Samantha in my life, and she’s still part of my life. It’s like I have my own Carrie, Miranda kinds of characters, and I always give them different names. Without going into too much detail, my Samantha is actually in Is There Still Sex in the City?, but she’s got a different name. People evolve over time. It’s really a spin-off, so it’s going to operate within its own logic. I’m not privy to any of that, so I don’t know. People are grown up, and I think it’s going to be a slightly different show. It’s not like Michael Patrick King doesn’t know how to do a hit TV show.”


Ghosting the Confederacy
Charlottesville, Virginia’s Robert E. Lee statue was a focal point of violence during a white supremacist riot in 2017. Now, the city must decide what to do with it. Erin L. Thompson writes on the monument’s forgotten eugenicist history and which America we wish to remember.

These proposals to melt down monuments and turn them into something better fit for the country we hope to have might seem radical, but in fact, Americans melted down the very first metal monument to arrive in the colonies. New York City’s lead statue of George III was turned into bullets in 1776 to fight the king’s own troops during the Revolutionary War.
Throughout history, public monuments fell when regimes changed or when people decided they no longer wanted to honor the ideologies enshrined in statues. Triumphal 1945 newsreel footage shows the Allies blowing up a giant swastika that had loomed over a Nuremberg stadium. Rejecting a cruel history by attacking its monumental remains is so important that after Koreans removed public statues of a disgraced former president, they put one back up so that citizens could break it again.


How to Delicately Wash Grandma’s Priceless Tablecloths Without Worry
Every Southerner knows about “The Good Silver.” It comes out for special occasions and occasionally “just because,” but with it, The Good Linens also emerge from the drawer where they’re stashed. Mama’s favorite cloth napkins will require ironing before Christmas dinner (And yes, people are still doing that), but what about Grandma’s heirloom tablecloth? In our family, we walk on eggshells to not spill a drop of gravy on my great-grandmother’s gorgeous lace tablecloth. But what happens when you-know-what happens to these precious linens? I’ve consulted with the experts.


Designer Patricia Field on Her Characters’ Most Iconic Looks
The legendary costume designer explains how Carrie Bradshaw’s opening-credits tutu came to be, and why Emily looked so Midwestern in Paris.

[The show’s creator] Darren Star and I were trying to decide what Carrie should wear in the show’s opening credits. And right around that time, I found what is now known as the world-famous tutu in a little sale basket on a showroom floor. I knew Sarah Jessica would love it, especially because she’s ballet-trained, but if you’re not in fashion, it’s a little hard to understand the appeal of a tutu. So I had to do some convincing. I said to Darren, “If this show is a hit and she wears this in the credits, it will never, ever get stale.” And it worked, thank God. [laughs] Really, I just love a tutu. I put a big tulle skirt on Lily Collins in the first season of Emily in Paris last year, and now I’m seeing them everywhere again, from designer collections to Forever 21.


‘Mayor Pete’ Trailer: Pete Buttigieg Reflects On Being Openly Gay On The Campaign Trail
“When I talked about coming out, that was for everybody who’s tried to figure out how to be who they are,” Pete Buttigieg says in Mayor Pete. “The challenge of course is: how do you master the game without it changing you?”
Buttigieg reflects on his coming out story and campaign in the trailer for the Amazon Prime original documentary Mayor Pete, which is set to premiere on the streamer November 12. From director Jesse Moss (Boys State) and co-written by Moss, Amanda McBaine and Jeff Gilbert, the film chronicles Buttigieg’s campaign to be the first openly gay U.S. president, from the earliest days to his unlikely, triumphant victory in Iowa and beyond.


A British Bakery Had to Shut Down Temporarily for Using ‘Illegal’ American Sprinkles
Apparently, some sprinkles are against the law.

A few days ago, the Get Baked bakery in Leeds, England, wrote a Facebook post announcing that it would be closing for a day because it needed to conduct staff training, “get some important [stuff] done,” and because everyone who worked there was exhausted. That weekend alone, they said they’d had customers from several different countries, sold loads of chocolate cakes and had been visited by a representative from the country’s Trading Standards agency because a customer had reported the shop for, uh, using illegal sprinkles.


13 New True Crime Documentaries to Catch in 2021
Just in time for spooky season.

Calling all internet sleuths, cloak-and-dagger conspiracy theorists, and cold case-solving aficionados: We see you, because we are you. For some unknown reason (though psychologists have sneaking suspicions), many of us are obsessed by true crime and the people behind the schemes, from the fraudulent socialites who seize the headlines for all the wrong reasons to the commanders-in-chief conducting sordid Oval Office affairs. And then there are the heinous cases of downright diabolical, cold-blooded killers, which we follow with fervor, both out of fear and fascination.
So, if you’ve already binged your way shamelessly through every available true crime show, we have your brand-new 2021 watchlist. And when your eyes need a break (or you just want to keep your internet browsing history from truly looking like something out of the serial killer’s playbook), plug in to one of our favorite true crime podcasts.


Huma Abedin on the Moment Her Private Life Went Public
“He had predicted correctly that there might be news. That morning the New York Post reported that an indecent image of a man wearing gray boxer briefs had popped up on Anthony’s Twitter feed before being quickly deleted. Just as Anthony had said in his message to me, his spokesman was claiming the photo was the work of a hacker. As we drove home to Forest Hills from LaGuardia, his right hand resting on my belly for the 10-minute ride, I went into consoling mode.
I felt violated, angry for him, but also confident that he would get past it. HRC had been falsely accused of all kinds of nefarious acts, so scandal based on even the wildest of fabrications wasn’t exactly new territory for me.”


Salted Tahini-Chocolate Shortbread
These buttery, nutty, salty shortbread cookies have enough structure to hold together when you pick them up, but when you take a bite, they are meltingly tender. The salt compliments the tanginess of the chocolate, and brings out the nuttiness from the tahini. Marbling the dough creates a striking pattern. Enjoy the cookies with a cup of coffee or tea—they would also make a lovely gift, packaged up in a nice box.


Jennifer Gates Wore Vera Wang Haute for Her Wedding to Nayel Nassar
Jennifer Gates and Nayel Nassar met on the equestrian circuit and quickly became friends. Both Stanford graduates, they competed together internationally until Jenn started medical school in 2019. Their friendship eventually turned into something more, and they got engaged in January of 2020 when Nayel proposed to Jenn on her favorite ski run.
Jenn, the daughter of Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates, is now a third year MD candidate at the Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai. Before pursuing her path in medicine, Jenn was an internationally ranked equestrian athlete. She is also the founder of Evergate Stables, which is now co-managed by the couple.


The chaotic, irreplaceable Wendy Williams
Wendy Williams’s rise, reputation, and absence from her talk show, explained.

For over a decade between smirking laughter and sips from her mug, Williams has calmly eviscerated celebrity goings-on, razing their mishaps to the ground to lay at the feet of her live studio audience. She has kept her original mission through changing times and through her own struggles. Even early on, her penchant for showing no mercy was documented by the New York Times, in a 2008 article that described her as capable of being “startlingly mean-spirited.” This is what helped her amass a legion of fans, and also what has irritated her critics for so long; of late, the infractions have piled up.
The tide has turned on the kind of lurid gossip Williams traffics in; just look at the way the pop culture news cycle of the early aughts is being reevaluated. Still, her mix of bravado and vulnerability keeps her on our screens. Who is this woman anyway, and who let her onstage?


The author whose story inspired Netflix’s Maid on why welfare is broken
How Stephanie Land went from Vox article to book deal to Netflix show.

“I argue for universal child care all the time. I think they’re trying to cover that in the infrastructure bill that they’re trying to pass. Child care is part of the infrastructure of our country, because parents need to have a safe place to bring their children while they’re working. It’s just as important as the road that they’re driving on.
It was such a struggle just to have that support. It was baffling to me. And it’s all wrapped up in work requirements. I never really understood why I constantly had to prove that I was working. It just seemed like my value and my worth as a human being were completely wrapped up in how many hours I was working a week at a very low-wage job.”


The Magical Collection of Ricky Jay
The Most Important Collection Spanning History of Magic, Popular Entertainment, Esoterica & More to Ever Come to Auction
Magician, actor, scholar, author: the range of Ricky Jay’s accomplishments were as varied as are the formats and subjects of the material in his celebrated Collection: books, pamphlets, posters, handbills, broadsides, prints, ephemera, objects, and apparatus documenting the histories of magic, circuses, jugglers and acrobats, automatons, remarkable characters, learned animals, limb-deficient artists, con men, and scores of other related, if arcane, topics. Featuring characters of the greatest celebrity to the utmost obscurity, The Ricky Jay Collection will offer an astonishing variety of material in a sale that is truly without precedent.





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