T LOunge for October 6th, 2021

Posted on October 06, 2021

Girafe Bar and Restaurant – Paris, France


WE WANT TO GO TO THERE. In fact, our original plan at the start of the year was to get vaxxed, wait six to eight months and then go take a long overdue trip to Paris in the fall. Somewhere around July we realized a European trip while a pandemic was still raging wasn’t the best idea we ever had so we’re putting it off another six months. So until then, our Parisian visits will have to remain virtual. Join us, won’t you? There are plenty of seats and everything is free here.


200 Years of Louis Vuitton Trunks
In the 19th century, Parisian luggage maker Louis Vuitton founded a modern luxury brand infused with the spirit of travel. To mark the 200th anniversary of his birth, the house has created Louis 200, a collection of its signature trunks reinterpreted by 200 artists, creatives, and cultural figures. The trunks are currently on view at Louis Vuitton stores globally and will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in December. The company will also be donating a total of €2,000,000 to 15 arts-education organizations around the world.


Has the Fashion Industry Kept Its Diversity Promise?
After the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police, the protests that ensued during the summer of 2020 cornered a number of industries into publicly declaring their support for the Black community. Fashion was no exception. Long-known for its less-than-stellar reputation for racial diversity, brands across all facets of the business made formal and informal commitments to do better. But has there been any progress?


The Care Economy Makes My Family’s Lives Worth Living
Caregiving and childcare are “human infrastructure,” just as worthy of government funding as our roads and bridges.

This may not sound remarkable, but for us, any outing is an expedition. My husband, healthcare activist Ady Barkan, has had the neurodegenerative disorder ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, for nearly five years. He is almost completely paralyzed and uses a wheelchair to move and a computer tablet that tracks his pupils to communicate. That zoo trip was only possible because of a fifth person who was with us: Rosalba, a member of Ady’s team of caregivers.


Annaleigh Ashford Says Portraying Paula Jones In Impeachment Was A “Gift Of A Lifetime”
The American Crime Story star talks transforming into her “dynamic and larger than life” role, staying grateful, and her early stint in the Sex and the City movie.

“She was made fun of ruthlessly by the media,” says the Denver native, who pored over myriad documents and interviews in preparation for the role. “And she was also manhandled aesthetically by the political operatives that were using her for other people’s agenda.” The performance called for multiple wigs, prosthetics, as well as braces to detail Jones’ nose job, hairstyle changes, and teeth realignment that she underwent to become more favorable to the vicious, white male-led political and media landscape she was up against at that time.


The 30 Best Adventure Movies Ever
Prepare to be transported.

If you and your significant other are on different ends of the movie-watching spectrum, I have good news. Stellar action and adventure elements can turn a good movie into something really special. Even better, these elements can be found in all sorts of movie genres, from spy thriller to space epic to historical drama to gritty crime story—which means that you might be able to find something on this list you both enjoy, even if superheroes and sci-fi aren’t your thing. Full disclosure: There are definitely a few Marvel/DC films on here, but each film can be enjoyed on its own merits, without an encyclopedic knowledge of comics, sci-fi, or anything else.


Zazie Beetz Is Stepping Out of Her Comfort Zone
Before returning to Atlanta, the 2021 Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award winner stars in The Harder They Fall, a spaghetti Western produced by Jay-Z. She’s also stretching her impact into climate activism and mulling a career move into midwifery — as soon as her schedule frees up a little.
Zazie Beetz is a sucker for a great costume, so just imagine her delight when she got the call to star in the new-school spaghetti Western The Harder They Fall. “My character, Stagecoach Mary Fields, wears a lace-up corset vest, wide leather pants, and a long Matrix-style jacket that blows in the wind, all topped off with an Abraham Lincoln hat and a shotgun,” she says with a grin. “She’s a badass.”


The 12 Best Shows Featuring the ‘Squid Game’ Cast
If you can’t get enough of Squid Game, try these K-dramas next.

The stellar cast of Squid Game is made up of a range of talented actors, from veterans to rising stars. If you’ve finished the Netflix hit and are wondering what to watch after Squid Game, we have great news: Many of the cast’s previous Korean dramas are currently available to stream. The below K-dramas include both some of the most successful series in Korean history, as well as underrated gems—and all of them feature at least one member of the acclaimed cast of Squid Game.


Why Mentorship in Restaurants Matters
The chefs and owners of Chicago restaurants Esmé, Virtue, and now-closed MK open up about why they made mentorship a priority—and how that strengthened their teams, restaurants, and careers.

“In our industry, there’s a lot of commitment to food, but there’s a lack of commitment to people and community and culture.” This, he said, is in part because restaurateurs can fall into the trap of hiring people they already know; people who don’t need much training. Doing the work to find and mentor new talent can fall by the wayside. Especially when a restaurant is already operating within a limited budget, the focus tends to turn fully to the food, shifting away from the people making and serving that food. It’s because of these distractions that Williams believes mentorship needs to be intentional.


I Stopped Using My Cellphone As an Alarm Clock—You Should Too
Most everyone wakes up in the same exact way: to a blaring sound emitting from their cellphone. Think that’s a sweeping generalization? One survey estimates 83 percent of mobile owners in America also use it as an alarm clock. And since 85 percent of Americans have a smart device, well—do you really need us to do the math?
This isn’t groundbreaking news. iPhones and Samsungs have replaced a lot of personal technology over the past few years—flashlights, portable music players, digital cameras, and paper maps, for example, have all fallen by the wayside—and, frankly, made our many of our lives easier and better by doing so. I spent an entire childhood logging onto a Windows 2000 computer, typing “Mapquest” into Internet Explorer, then printing out seven to nine pages of streaky, borderline unreadable directions for my mother to drive me to various friends’ houses. This led to absolutely no traceable character development nor do I, nearly two decades later, feel any sort of nostalgia. In fact, the only thing I feel is lingering anxiety over “low ink” notifications.


How One Afghan Woman Is Embracing Her Traditional Dress
Lema Afzal started her Instagram account showcasing herself wearing traditional Afghan dress back in 2016. The vibrant pieces—mostly dresses—come in an almost psychedelic melange of reds, purples, and greens with rich embroideries and, sometimes, coins and beading. The 25-year-old immigrated to Belgium with her family from her native Kabul when she was only four years old, fleeing Taliban rule. While Afzal had been uploading images of herself in radiant dresses for years, her page started to gain a large following after the United States withdrew from Afghanistan in late August.
Afghan women on social media around the world began to speak out against Taliban rule and post images of themselves in their traditional ethnic clothing with the hashtag #donttouchmyclothes, an initiative started by ​​Dr. Bahar Jalali, a former history professor at the American University in Afghanistan in mid-September. Afzal began using the hashtag on Afghanistan’s Independence Day on August 19, when she posted a slideshow of herself in different renditions of Afghan dress.


Who Is the Bad Art Friend?
Art often draws inspiration from life — but what happens when it’s your life? Inside the curious case of Dawn Dorland v. Sonya Larson.

On June 24, 2015, a year after completing her M.F.A. in creative writing, Dorland did perhaps the kindest, most consequential thing she might ever do in her life. She donated one of her kidneys, and elected to do it in a slightly unusual and particularly altruistic way. As a so-called nondirected donation, her kidney was not meant for anyone in particular but instead was part of a donation chain, coordinated by surgeons to provide a kidney to a recipient who may otherwise have no other living donor. There was some risk with the procedure, of course, and a recovery to think about, and a one-kidney life to lead from that point forward. But in truth, Dorland, in her 30s at the time, had been wanting to do it for years.
“As soon as I learned I could,” she told me recently, on the phone from her home in Los Angeles, where she and her husband were caring for their toddler son and elderly pit bull (and, in their spare time, volunteering at dog shelters and searching for adoptive families for feral cat litters). “It’s kind of like not overthinking love, you know?”
Several weeks before the surgery, Dorland decided to share her truth with others. She started a private Facebook group, inviting family and friends, including some fellow writers from GrubStreet, the Boston writing center where Dorland had spent many years learning her craft. After her surgery, she posted something to her group: a heartfelt letter she’d written to the final recipient of the surgical chain, whoever they may be.


New Landmark Celebrates Chinese Immigrants’ Lasting Impact on Yosemite National Park
The Chinese Laundry Building at the Wawona Hotel was dedicated Friday with a new sign and exhibit honoring the contributions the immigrants made to the park since the 1800s.

The Mandarin Chinese name for Yosemite is a phonetic translation of its sounds, but it happens to mean “Excellent winning beautiful lands” — a fitting happenstance because of Chinese immigrants’ impact on the building of the national park in the 1800s. And the long overlooked history is finally finding its way into the spotlight, thanks to a new landmark that was unveiled on Friday, which happened to be the park’s 131st birthday.


30 Most Haunted Places in the World
While some haunted houses can seem a little hokey — filled with actors dressed as ghouls, goblins, and mad scientists — there are several spots around the globe with reputations for being truly haunted. Some of these places are shrouded in mystery, with legends passed down for centuries. Others are much newer, but are steeped in their tragic pasts. Whether these spots are from the 12th or 20th century, each has an interesting history, with plenty of ghost sightings and creepy experiences. Ghost hunters everywhere are always trying to catch a glimpse of a spirit wandering a haunted hallway, hear mysterious voices in an empty room, or even feel a chill as they’re investigating a dark corridor. Luckily enough, there are numerous reportedly haunted places that are open for public tours or even overnight stays.


The status games we all play
Author Will Storr on our universal obsession with status and how it distorts so much of human behavior.

I’d love to tell you that I don’t care about status, but that’s a lie. I do care about it, even though I know I shouldn’t. When I publish an article or a podcast or when I drop a half-clever tweet, I still find myself waiting for the little ping on my phone. I still get disappointed when something doesn’t land the way I hoped. And it’s ridiculous. None of it matters.
I just read a book about all this, and I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s called The Status Game, and the author is Will Storr, a journalist and writer from the UK. His thesis is that everyone’s playing a status game, sometimes multiple status games, and if you’re not aware of that, you may not understand why you do what you do — or why you don’t do what you wish you would.


Every version of the Monica Lewinsky story reveals America’s failure of empathy
Twenty-three years later, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal is a tale of cultural sadism.

All famous women are symbols of something in American pop culture. But Monica Lewinsky is singular for being, among other things, a symbol of a symbol.
When the story broke in 1998 that President Bill Clinton had carried out an affair with young former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, the media eagerly prepared to make Lewinsky the face of the scandal. In newspapers and on cable news and talk shows she became, variously, a slut, an innocent victim, a liberated woman, someone sexy, someone fat, someone feminine, someone unwomanly. Her name became synonymous with a sex act. Her humiliation became a national spectacle.
Lewinsky had made a mistake, the consensus came to be, but that was no excuse for the way the world humiliated her. People should be allowed to make mistakes when they’re 22 without becoming the object of vicious scorn the way she did.


Following the Shamrocks on a Canadian Road Trip
Discovering fields of green and Celtic culture on a coastal drive along Newfoundland’s Irish Loop.

“It looks like the edge of the world out here,” my wife, Holly, mused, not disapprovingly. Our picnic blanket was spread out on a high cliff, with green-capped rock stretching alongside us, endless blue ocean in front. It was the first of many leisurely breaks we would take on our slow road trip through Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula.
We were as east as you can get in North America (not counting Greenland), so the edge-of-the-world comparison was apt. But I couldn’t stop comparing it to another, more earthly location. Over and over again, as we drove down the coast I found myself marveling, “It looks just like Ireland.”
This stretch of Newfoundland shares many links with Ireland, beyond the striking green landscape. This area’s Irish heritage dates back to the 1600s, when a fishing colony established by George Calvert (later Lord Baltimore) lured Irish servants and laborers. Over the years, many who came for the fishing season stayed permanently, a migration that boomed during the early 19th century. By that point, “the Irish were virtually the sole occupants of the southern half of the Avalon,” wrote John Mannion, a historical geographer who researched the Irish-Newfoundland experience on both sides of the Atlantic.







[Photo Credit: girafe-restaurant.com, josephdirand.com]

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