T LOunge for November 11th, 2021

Posted on November 11, 2021

Set of Six Cocktail Bar – Singapore

 

It’s THURSDAY and that calls for a disco ball, darlings. We don’t make the rules. Oh wait. We own the joint. Yes we do. Anyway, party away your cares and woes while you watch the finish line inch ever closer with each non-productive minute. We command it.

 

Why Henry Cavill Basically Already Is James Bond
The British actor with a soldier’s discipline, a gentleman’s demeanor and a high tolerance for “extreme punishment” opens up about ‘The Witcher’ season 2, ‘Highlander,’ his Superman and ‘Mission Impossible’ futures — and the elusive spy role directors insist he was “born to play.”

“There is still a lot of storytelling for me to do as a Superman, and I would absolutely love the opportunity,” Cavill says. “The killing of Zod gave a reason for the character never to kill again. Superman falling to the ground and screaming afterward — I don’t think that was originally in the script, but I wanted to show the pain he had. I did far more emotional takes they didn’t choose; tears were happening. He just killed the last remaining member of his species. That’s the choice he made in that moment, and he’ll never do that again. There’s an opportunity for growth after that, to explore the psyche of Superman as a deep, seemingly invulnerable god-like being but with real feeling on the inside. As I always say, ‘The cape is still in the closet.’”

 

What Is Good Taste, Anyway?
And who decides?

Toward the beginning of the last century—that is, when this magazine was a mere 75 or 80 years old—a handful of cutting-edge culturati would lose their famous cool when a certain topic came up in conversation. “The worst vice ever invented,” Edith Sitwell huffed. “The first handicap to any creative functioning,” Salvador Dalí sniffed. “The enemy of art!” Marcel Duchamp thundered.
What, you may well wonder, could they have been talking about? Opium? Alcohol? Marriage? Non, non, et non. What had whipped these imperious creative artists into a frenzy of dismissive vituperation was, in fact, something that most people have strong ideas about, nobody can define, and virtually everyone (besides that trio) seems to want: good taste. Strong ideas because our tastes, as evidenced in our clothes, homes, and manners, are powerful projections of our identities—whether real or aspirational. (“My tastes are simple,” Winston Churchill, a great aristocrat as well as a great prime minister, once breezed. “I am easily satisfied by the best.”) Nobody can define taste, because, after 25 centuries of trying to do just that—Plato fretted about it long before the Duchess of Windsor did—the only thing that anyone can agree on with respect to good taste is that, at the end of the day, it’s…subjective.

 

An Exclusive First Look At Lady Gaga’s CasaGaga Italian Glam Beauty Collection
The actress and singer has been secretly wearing Haus Laboratories’s latest while she filmed House of Gucci.

“These products are a love letter to my Italian heritage,” Gaga shares. “There’s glam, and then there’s Italian glam.” There are 16 products within the capsule, including bullet lipsticks, highlighters, a single black liner, and blushes—everything, Gaga says, you need to get “the Italian look” but modernized through Haus Laboratories’ eyes. You can now shop the entire limited-edition collection today on the brand’s website, and the complete capsule is available in a vegan train case here.

 

What Passes for Family
“Becky and her siblings had no idea that her parents had been passing as white,” Robin Cloud writes. “But here I was on Martin Luther King Jr. Day lifting the veil of a mystery that she had lived her entire life.”
In 2008, after coaxing the full name of my cousin out of my Nana, I hit the Internet and started searching. Willa Mae Watson Lane. It was pretty unique and very country. How many could there possibly be in Omaha, Nebraska? I quickly found out, not many. When I called the number listed, a younger woman picked up the phone. I asked for Willa Mae and she said she wasn’t there but that I could talk to her daughter Becky Jo. When Becky picked up the phone, I launched into my long explanation of why I was calling and ended with, “I’m your cousin and I’m Black. You’re Black.” She laughed and said, “That explains why I have to straighten my hair.”

 

Claire Saffitz on Her Secret-Weapon Hostess Gift
The Dessert Person author shares her recipe for brown butter and sage sablé cookies.

Claire Saffitz could be considered the confectionary connoisseur of our time.
Her debut cookbook, Dessert Person, is a be-all, end-all resource for any amateur, aspiring, or quasi-professional baker. Thanks to Saffitz’s friendly demeanor and intricately detailed approach to recipe writing, her creations are damn near foolproof. Her buzzy YouTube channel has also become a digital destination for her popular recipes. There, loyal fans can watch her perfectly explain how to make a confetti cake, crispy focaccia, or the perfect pumpkin pie.

 

J. Smith-Cameron Is in Control
She’s Logan Roy’s right hand. She’s Roman’s ‘mommy girlfriend.’ And she’s a fan favorite. Here, the Succession star takes us behind the scenes of Gerri’s boardroom power plays.

On Succession, all that glitters is not gold. All that shimmers is a sordid, empty shell. The almighty rich spend most of their time scrambling not to be dethroned. They fly on private jets to private yachts docked at private islands—and yet they are never really relaxed. The views are fine, they guess. The champagne isn’t their favorite.
So it is on-theme, though not ideal, that while filming a few episodes of the series’ third season, (which premiered in mid-October) in Italy, J. Smith-Cameron—who plays Gerri Kellman, Waystar Royco’s general counsel—walked down romantic cobblestone streets in Tuscany, beneath that perfect turquoise sky… and got heatstroke.

 

This Woman Is Single-Handedly Eradicating Child Marriage from Malawi.
Hail to the Chief. In Malawi, one in two girls is subject to arranged marriage before the age of 18. As a high-ranking woman in a man’s world, Chief Theresa Kachindamoto is on a mission to empower girls.

Senior Chief Theresa Kachindamoto, tribal ruler of the Dedza District in central Malawi, emerges from the car wearing electric-blue ceremonial robes. The 100 or so inhabitants of the village of Tseka, huddled on reed mats, fall into tense silence. Chickens, dogs, and small children scatter as the chief walks solemnly toward a seating area outside the headman’s hut. This is not a social visit, and everyone knows it. Kachindamoto, a woman of towering repute, has come to perform what she considers her most crucial official duty: to end the illegal marriage of an underage girl and send her back to school.

 

Lee Pace Is Trolling You Back The actor is enjoying his time as a thirst object.
Pace says Foundation, based on Isaac Asimov’s novels, is the biggest project he’s ever been involved in — the first season’s locations include Ireland, Germany, Malta, and the Canary Islands. His character, Brother Day, is an imperious and arrogant leader of a futuristic empire at a crossroads. Brother Day wears an outfit that can only be described as a blue-armored caftan and orders executions with a flick of a finger. “There’s kind of a camp fun to this — there HAS to be,” says Pace. “You can’t play this abstraction of inherited power or the patriarch in charge and not think it’s a little bit funny. Emperor of the galaxy? It’s funny.”

 

Brooke Shields on Reinventing Yourself, Making Friends in Your 40s, and More
The actress and CEO shared inspiring advice during a panel at Marie Claire’s “Power Trip: Off the Grid” conference.

“I get rejected more than I get accepted. I get said no to so many more times than I get said yes to,” says Shields, referring to society’s need for women to have it all “figured out” by a certain age. “When I was younger, I looked too European or I never fit in sample sizes, therefore I couldn’t do runway because I wasn’t skinny enough. All of these things build up in your life and you’re being told this whole time there’s a standard and you’re not good enough for it. We need to start [a new] dialogue.”

 

This Map Shows Which States Your Favorite Thanksgiving Foods Are Likely From
Minnesota, Arkansas, and North Carolina top the list of the country’s turkey production.

As it turns out, Minnesota has long been the top producer of the meal’s centerpiece, with 40 million heads (the measurement used for the bird) of turkey a year, followed by Arkansas with 31 million and North Carolina with 30 million. Rounding out the top 10 are Indiana with 20 million, Missouri with 17 million, Virginia with 16 million, Iowa with 11.7 million, California with 8 million, Pennsylvania with 6.7 million, and Ohio with 6 million.

 

Why the UK Is Keeping Thousands of Red Phone Booths, Even Though Everyone Has Cellphones
Officials say that they still serve as a lifeline for many in times of crisis.

“Some of the call boxes we plan to protect are used to make relatively low numbers of calls,” Ofcom’s Director of Connectivity Selina Chadha told AP. “But if one of those calls is from a distressed child, an accident victim, or someone contemplating suicide, that public phone line can be a lifeline at a time of great need… We also want to make sure that people without mobile coverage, often in rural areas, can still make calls.”

 

I Interviewed 101 Black Women About Their Hair
Filmmaker St. Clair Detrick-Jules reflects on her recent book — My Beautiful Black Hair — and why the concept of good hair persists around the globe.

One day my father called me from France to tell me that my little sister Khloe was crying because she didn’t want to go to school. Her classmates had been bullying her about her natural hair. I’m bi-racial, my mom is white and my father is from Saint Barts, and out of the four of us siblings, Khloe definitely has the tightest curl pattern. Even before this incident, whenever I would see her, I always made it a point to say, “Oh my gosh, Khloe, I love your hair, it’s so beautiful, do you love it?” And she would say yes. When she started getting bullied she was four years old. She was so ashamed of her beautiful Afro. My first response was just anger. Anger at her classmates, anger at her teachers for not stopping this, anger at mainstream media for rarely presenting Afros as beautiful. I started working on My Beautiful Black Hair pretty quickly after that, and I’ve shown her pieces as I’ve been working on it throughout the past couple of years.

 

The fraught, crackling return of Broadway
The pandemic shut down the Great White Way for 19 months. Now it’s waking back up.

Live theater is about those moments when the theater is so silent that you can hear when the actors’ breathing changes. It’s about watching actors talk through someone coughing in the front row and resenting the tipsy couple behind you as they giggle their way through the big death scene. It’s about the moment that comes only in the very best shows, when everyone in the whole theater starts to breathe in the same rhythm.
Breath is what separates theater from the movies, from pre-taped stage shows like Hamilton on Disney+, from anything you can watch in your living room. Breath is what gives live theater its special energy, the near-religious euphoria it can inspire: sitting in a dark room and breathing with other people.

 

These are the best-dressed princes in the world
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden: Handsome father-of-three Prince Carl Philip could be mistaken for a Disney prince, so dashing are his good looks. With a keen interest in sports and a love of the outdoor lifestyle, his wardrobe is full of luxe casualwear, from cashmere sweaters to wool coats, but when the occasion calls for it, he’s more than happy to wear a well-fitted suit – often accessorised with his naval medals.

 

The Joy of Casting in Italian Waters
Italy is not often mentioned as a fly fishing destination, but the wonder of Italian alpine fishing is now making itself known.

Italy never appears on lists featuring the world’s best fishing locales. Wyoming? Definitely. Argentina? Naturally. New Zealand? No question. But the wonder of Italian alpine fishing is now making itself known thanks to tourism campaigns launched in the last five years and an explosion of guides offering tours that blend traditional fly fishing with cultural outings.

 

The Cinderella Myth We Can’t Quit
The same woman who stars as the embodiment of poverty in Netflix’s “Maid” is a brand ambassador for one of the world’s largest luxury companies. How very 2021.

Margaret Qualley has attained mega-celebrity of late, in two very disparate roles: She is the star of “Maid,” a bingeable Netflix series (based on Stephanie Land’s namesake memoir) about a young single mother’s struggle with grinding poverty, homelessness and hunger. And she is a “brand ambassador” for Chanel, representing one of the world’s most exclusive luxury labels. How do we make sense of these two gigs, which feel light-years apart?

 

 

 

 

 

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