T LOunge for November 17th, 2021

Posted on November 17, 2021

Gotthards Krog Bar and Restaurant – Umeå, Sweden

 

Today is WEDNESDAY and if you’ve spent much time T LOunging in the last year or so, then you know it’s our weekly hunker-in-your-bunker obervance. Let’s all sit somewhere dark, rich, and moody today, like the coven of witches we are. Grab a seat and start cackling.

 

Unfriended: Frances Haugen on Her Facebook Testimony and What Comes Next
Haugen’s leaks, first reported in The Wall Street Journal, detailed alarming problems at Facebook (and Instagram, which it owns, along with WhatsApp). The platforms exacerbated body-image issues among teenage girls, and helped enable human trafficking in the United Arab Emirates. Vaccine misinformation and hate speech were rampant, and false narratives helped inflame everything from the January 6 Capitol riots to ethnic violence in Ethiopia. Much had come out in bits and pieces, but the Journal’s reporting showed that Facebook was aware of its problems and had done little to fix them.

 

Judith Light Knows Why So Many of Her Peers in Hollywood Are Miserable
The actress opens up about being present, practicing gratitude, and never being a “misery dog” on the red carpet in this week’s episode of Ladies First With Laura Brown.

“I began to realize that I had these ideas that the business was going to be a particular way, and I was going to be a particular way in it,” she says. “And I realized that it wasn’t happening the way that I had pictured it.”
So in order to escape the misery, Light had to make a switch. And she’s now sharing how she found her grounding and turned her work into a joyful career. Part of what keeps her focused and present is practicing meditation. “It’s the moment of stopping, to get yourself into the now,” she explains.

 

Lido Pimienta Dresses with Intention
The singer talks about her recent history-making performance and how Colombia inherently influences her style.

Coming off the heels of a highly praised, history-making performance at the New York City Ballet, Lido Pimienta, a Colombian singer and visual artist now based in Canada, was the first woman of color to be commissioned to compose and sing an original song for the ballet. Pimienta, who is of Indigenous and Black heritage, looks back on that opportunity as a defining moment in her career’s trajectory. “When I found out, it gave me an even bigger sense of pride, determination, and love,” Pimienta tells BAZAAR.com. “I know I’m always going to be the first, and I hope that doesn’t mean that I’ll be the last. I have to keep pushing so that I’m not the last.”

 

Author Rafia Zakaria Wants Us to Rethink Women’s Empowerment
Zakaria’s Against White Feminism is a rallying cry for a women’s movement that works for everyone. Here, Brian Ng interviews the writer about her work.

Rafia Zakaria has been continually pigeonholed by White women into playing the role they expect of her. Her third book, Against White Feminism, is a response to this. Drawing from her own experiences as a Brown woman, who fled her abusive husband with her daughter, and then worked as an immigration lawyer and for Amnesty International, it is more than just a reframing of feminism; it is Zakaria holding truth to power.

 

Padma Lakshmi Understands That American Foodways Are Complicated
Talking with the Taste the Nation host about holiday traditions.

A documentary series about culinary traditions across America, Padma Lakshmi’s Taste the Nation is as much about people as it is about food. Former model and Top Chef host Lakshmi conducts easygoing, intimate conversations, letting her subjects speak for as long as they want about whatever they want. The show cares deeply about history as context for cooking, and it never shies away from the marrow-deep pain and alienation some communities have experienced in America.

 

Collector or Thief? Inside Queen Mary’s Royal Collections
Queen Mary of Teck was such an avid collector there’s scarcely a piece of furniture in a royal residence that doesn’t have a label written in the old queen’s hand.

Queen Mary of Teck, the reserved grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II, was the epitome of staid British self-control and regal bearing. But beneath her icy exterior lay a true passion for objects (and their acquisition) that has led to decades of whispers that this most proper of queens—as fictionalized in the film Downton Abbey—was a common kleptomaniac.
There is no doubt that Mary (who reigned from 1910 to 1936) was obsessed with collecting, restoring, and reorganizing royal artifacts for the House of Windsor. “My one great hobby,” she called it.
But the queen also amassed numerous personal collections, which, according to her official biographer, James Pope-Hennessy, included “Battersea enamels, late jades, miniature elephants of agate with jewelled howdahs, small tea sets in gold or silver, papier-mâché workboxes, tiny watercolours of flower-gardens, glass paintings.” Her mania for miniatures led to the creation of the famous Queen Mary’s dollhouse, built between 1921 and 1924.

 

Netflix Changes How It Measures Its Daily Top 10
The on-screen list of top titles will be supplemented by a website showing the leading titles in a host of territories.

As has been the case previously, Netflix’s on-screen top 10 list will update daily. The new website will post weekly top 10s on Tuesday, reflecting total hours watched for the previous week. It will feature four global top 10 charts — English-language and non-English-language series and English-language and non-English-language films — and top 10s for each country. The global lists will feature hours viewed for each title for the past week, but the ones for each country will just be rankings without a watch time figure.

 

Taylor Swift’s Quest for Justice
With “Red (Taylor’s Version),” Swift seeks to reclaim control in her business affairs and in matters of the heart.

In the early years of her career, Taylor Swift stepped lightly, transforming from a precocious country musician into a global pop star. She shifted her sound and her image gradually, a strategy that seemed less about allegiance to a particular genre than about personal traditionalism. (She did not start cursing in her music until she was in her late twenties.) Swift has always been a rule-follower—a diligent songwriter with a wholesome image—which made her a kind of renegade in a brash, hypersexualized pop landscape. On “Red,” her fourth album, from 2012, she began dipping a toe into modernity. In the song “I Knew You Were Trouble,” she nodded to the aggressive and trendy sounds of E.D.M., adding a light dubstep drop before the chorus. By most pop standards, it was a subtle flourish, but for Swift it was like an earthquake. In “Treacherous,” she incorporated sexuality into her lyrics for the first time: “I’ll do anything you say / If you say it with your hands.”

 

Getty Museum Acquires Gustave Caillebotte’s Iconic Young Man at His Window
Getty is successful bidder on 19th-century masterpiece of modern urban realism

The J. Paul Getty Museum acquired at auction in New York today Young Man at His Window, 1876, regarded as the most important painting by French Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894) in private hands.
The large-scale figure painting, widely considered a masterpiece of modern realism and a key moment in the history of Impressionism, will go on view at the Getty Center Museum in 2022.

 

These Are the Most Instagrammed UNESCO World Heritage Sites of 2021
Three U.S. sites made the top 25.

Exactly 75 years ago, UNESCO was formed to foster a global appreciation between cultures. In 1978, the organization announced its first list of 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites, a designation that is widely considered the gold standard for landmarks around the world. Today, a total of 1,154 sites — 897 cultural, 218 natural, and 39 mixed — have earned a spot on the prestigious list.
To find out which of those is the most popular right now, creative resource company Design Bundles studied the number of times the sites have been tagged on Instagram in 2021.

 

35 Easy and Festive Christmas Crafts for Kids That Will Keep Them Busy Until Santa’s Arrival
Celebrate the best parts of the holiday season with these DIY ornaments, stockings and cards.

Decorating your house for the holidays with DIY Christmas crafts always sounds like a good idea … until you remember that you still have to juggle your kid’s busy schedules, prepare your holiday feast, buy presents and, well, everything else. That’s why these Christmas crafts for kids are a must: They’ll keep your kids busy until Santa’s arrival while giving you some fresh decorations to put on display this holiday season. These festive ideas are made for little hands, so they’re incredibly quick and easy to pull off (yet still fun enough for adults to complete).
As cute as they may be, all of these Christmas crafts are also functional in one way or another: Some serve as decorations for your tree (glitzy snowflake ornaments), others can be hung by the chimney with care (personalized stockings) and a select few help your kids count down to December 25 (DIY advent calendars). And if you’re really strapped for time, you can always wrap up one of these crafts and give it as a handmade gift to someone special, like their teacher or grandparents. The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart, after all!

 

The Best Destination to Take Your Kids at Each Age — From Infants to College Graduates
From relaxing escapes with your super-portable infant to deep cultural immersions upon college graduation, here are exciting travel ideas for families with children at any stage.

Once a traveler always a traveler. There are folks who believe a baby doesn’t have to change a thing about a couple’s lifestyle, and others who subscribe to the exact opposite theory. But all can agree on one thing: Those who loved traveling before expanding their family likely dream of continuing to explore the world, little ones in tow. One of the most exciting parts of having children, after all, is the way they enrich and amplify almost every experience. Then, of course, there’s the awe-inspiring discovery that goes along with watching curious youngsters see and try new things, from delicious foods to beautiful cultures.
Knowing which places around the globe are most appropriate for kids as they grow into and out of different phases can be tough to anticipate.

 

We’re all famous now
Why MSNBC host Chris Hayes thinks the era of mass fame is upon us.

Are we all famous now?
I know that’s a strange question. If everyone is famous, then no one is famous, right? Well, it depends on what exactly we mean by “famous.” Last month, I read a New Yorker essay by Chris Hayes, the host of All In on MSNBC, that sharpened the question. He asked, what happens when the experience of fame becomes a universal possibility?
Anyone who’s on a social media platform like TikTok or Twitter or Instagram is always one viral post away from instant fame — or what feels like fame, anyway. Most of us don’t ever get it, but the specter of it is always there.

 

14 Best Christmas Plants and Flowers to Make the Holidays Merry and Bright
One whiff of these traditional blooms will instantly put you in the holiday spirit.

If you’re wanting to spruce up your space this holiday season or are looking for a unique Christmas gift to give, consider this roundup of eye-catching Christmas plants and pretty flowers our present to you. Whether you’re planning a party, hosting an intimate family gathering or simply want to transform your home into a festive oasis, no decor during the “most wonderful time of the year” is complete without Mother Nature’s floral presents to add a bit of natural flair.
Not only do these winter blooms make a bold statement, but they also emit scents that unlock nostalgia and create aromas that fill homes with undeniable warmth. While some plants and flowers won’t last beyond the new year, some can survive and thrive.

 

Seven Immigrant Women Who Changed the Way Americans Eat
When Mayukh Sen started working on his book “Taste Makers,” in 2017, he could not have foreseen the climate in which it would be released. The race and class injustices that beset his seven subjects — all immigrant women who were cooks and, with one exception, cookbook authors, active between the postwar era and the present day — remain agonizingly apparent within the food industry. The roadblocks that prevented the women’s ascension then are still largely in place today.

 

Skiing Hut-to-Hut in the Maine Wilderness
An effort to conserve the state’s 100 Mile Wilderness has created one of the best lodge-to-lodge cross-country ski routes in the United States.

In a remarkable turn of events, skiing and hiking have largely replaced logging in a newly protected swath of Maine. In the early 2000s, 6 million acres of forest — more than a quarter of Maine’s land — was put up for sale by timber companies. The future of the largest forest ecosystem east of the Mississippi River was in jeopardy. In 2003, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) launched the Maine Woods Initiative, which works with local communities to promote outdoor recreation, conservation, sustainable forestry and carbon sequestration (sales of carbon credits are funding additional land purchases).

 

 

 

 

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