T LOunge for January 26th, 2022

Posted on January 26, 2022

I Mori Bar and Restaurant – Modena, Italy


Kittens, let’s go somewhere chic and dark and moody to spend our Wednesday, shall we? It just feels right somehow. In related dark and moody news, how are we nearly a full month into 2022 when it’s still 2020 in our heads? We don’t think we’re overstating it when we note how weird things are at the moment. We’ve been saying for a couple of months now that we weren’t on lockdown, that we would responsibly get on with our vaxxed and boosted lives, that we needed to be smart and safe but we didn’t have to shut our lives down like last time. Last night we realized we hadn’t been to a restaurant in something like seven weeks. To be fair, we’re way more active and out in the world than we were in almost all of 2020, keeping doctor, vet, and hair appointments; going shopping when we need to or we feel like it; seeing friends or family (in small numbers). But as recently as four months ago, we thought we’d be back in the gym, going to movies, eating in restaurants and planning a trip to Paris right about now and none of those things are happening. It should go without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that we’re in an enormously privileged position and that no one is as stressed, anxious or disappointed with the current state of affairs as parents with school-aged children. Still, one of the things we’ve pointed out most about this whole mess is how there is literally no one anywhere who isn’t affected by it in some way. That’s probably a big reason why we seem to be suffering from such a dearth of empathy and community-minded thinking at the moment.

Whew! Wool-gathering! Sorry about that. It’s that dark-and-moody ambience, we’re telling you. Let’s talk about Dolly’s new line of cake mixes instead.


Jennifer Garner Delivers Baked Goods to Los Angeles First Responders
“They are still in the thick of it and miles past burn out,” the actress wrote on Instagram.

The 13 Going On 30 actress shared a video of herself preparing homemade cookie dough in her kitchen at home, individually wrapping each baked cookie and piling them into a basket. She’s then filmed carrying the basket full of fresh goodies to the LAC+USC Medical Center, where she promptly delivers her treats to doctors and nurses working at the center’s Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM)—a department of USC’s Keck School of Medicine that provides emergency, trauma, and medical services to Los Angeles patients. With the cookies successfully delivered, Garner happily interacts with the staff and poses for a quick photo with them.


The True Inspiration Behind One of Faith Ringgold’s Most Famous Quilts
On the eve of a major retrospective at the New Museum, the 91-year-old artist’s daughter, Michele Wallace, pays tribute to her iconic work, Dancing at the Louvre.

In 1990 Faith Ringgold (my mother) began working on her most ambitious series of story quilts to date. It was called The French Collection and would eventually total 12. Like much of her work from the 1980s, it was dedicated to the memory of her mother, fashion designer and bon vivant Mme Willi Posey (Momma Jones, as my sister and I knew her). It tells the story of Willia Marie Simone, a fictional character Faith invented (partly in her own image, partly in that of her mother) who travels to France in 1920 at the age of 16 and marries a wealthy white American expatriate who dies soon after giving her two children, Marlena and Pierrot.


This Quillwork Artist Makes One-of-a-Kind Statement Earrings
Since he was around 10 years old, artist Joe Big Mountain—who is Mohawk, Cree, and Comanche—has been drawn to working with porcupine quills. Today, he makes one-of-a-kind statement quillwork earrings using the large, stiff hairs, but he remembers first seeing them being used on striking powwow regalia as a kid. “I grew up in a powwow family and somebody was always beading, sewing, or quilling,” says Big Mountain, who is also a northern traditional dancer. “I remember making a new [powwow] outfit, and I incorporated quillwork and beadwork into my set. I thought it was the coolest thing.”


The Best Bread in Every State
American bread-baking is the best its ever been.

Somewhere in the middle of the last decade, a handful of the country’s most forward-looking bakers started milling their own flour, not just as a way to fight back against the broken grain supply chain, but also because freshly-milled whole grains, still brimming with nutrients and life and local terroir, make for better bread.
At the time, the idea might have seemed a little far-fetched, but if we have learned anything from the last couple of years, it is this—we really want to be, need to be eating better bread. Also, most commercial flour, supposing there was any left on the supermarket shelves? Not very good at all.


Disney Responds to Peter Dinklage’s ‘Snow White’ Live-Action Criticisms
“To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community,” says Disney.

Disney on Tuesday responded to recent harsh criticisms made by Peter Dinklage about the upcoming live-action remake of Snow White.
The Emmy-winning Game of Thrones star was a guest on Monday’s episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, where he blasted the announced film based on the 1937 animated classic.
After noting the casting of West Side Story breakout Rachel Zegler, Dinklage told Maron: “Literally no offense to anyone, but I was a little taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White — but you’re still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me. You’re progressive in one way, but then you’re still making that fucking backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together? What the fuck are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.” Dinklage is not involved with the Disney project.


Oreo Created Its Own Line of Frozen Treats with Creme-Flavored Ice Cream
After years of co-branded ice cream products, Oreo says they’re finally doing frozen treats their way.

Even in an era where every product seems to need plenty of spinoffs, few brands have extended their range like Oreo has. Beyond a million different flavors (give or take one or two), we’ve seen Oreo collabs with the likes of Pokemon and the NBA, gluten-free Oreos, an Oreo cafe, a branded Oreo wine… You get the picture.
So is there anything Oreo hasn’t done yet? Well, yes… kind of.


15 Years Ago, Skins Broke New Ground for Teen Dramas
The controversial British teen series from the Indie Sleaze era is making a comeback with Gen-Z.

Televised teen dramas reached a fever pitch in the 2000s. And while the subgenre of television certainly has not disappeared—shows like Sex Education, Outer Banks, the Gossip Girl reboot, and a handful of other teen-centered series still fuel our desire to be transported to the dramatic lives of young adults—that first decade of the century left a massive impact, particularly because of a network like The CW’s large role in bringing soapy teen shows like One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, and 90210 to our screens. But in the aughts, grounded depictions of what it truly feels like to be a teenager were rare—until the British series Skins arrived on the scene, 15 years ago to the day, and changed the teen television landscape for the better.


Dolly Parton Is Releasing Her Own Cake Mixes with Duncan Hines
The boxed mixes feature recipes inspired by Dolly’s family favorites.

Dolly Parton has long been known as “The Queen of Country,” but in 2022, she’s been angling for the title of “The Queen of Sweet Treat Collaborations.” Last week, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream announced they’re bringing back the singer’s signature flavor, Strawberry Pretzel Pie. And today, the cake mix specialists at Duncan Hines have announced the release of an entire line of “Dolly’s Southern Favorites.”
Arriving this March, this Dolly Parton x Duncan Hines collab includes two cake mixes and two frostings, all of which are said to be inspired by Dolly’s favorite family recipes.


Emma Thompson has opened up about how rigid beauty standards dictated her career
National treasure Emma Thompson has shared how unrealistic beauty standards and ideals had a serious impact on her acting career.
Talking during a Cinema Café panel at the Sundance Film Festival, she discussed a recent fully nude scene which she filmed for drama-tragedy Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, sharing: “I don’t think I could’ve done it before the age that I am.”


How To Manifest: A Guide To Willing Your Goals Into Existence In 2022
‘Manifesting is about breathing life into your goals through thought, action, emotions and belief.’

But manifesting, which is essentially willing your goals into existence, isn’t exactly a new phenomenon. Based on the Law of Attraction, which was part of the New Thought movement and theorised by 19th century spiritualist Phineas Quimby, manifesting is all about the belief that our thoughts are energy. The concept has its foundations in several philosophical and religious traditions, from Hermeticism and Transcendentalism to Hinduism, and has been expanded on by several Twentieth Century theorists such as Napolean Hill (Think and Grow Rich, 1937) and Louise Hay (You Can Heal Your Life, 1984). To put it simply, manifesting aims to put the individual in the driver’s seat of their own life and makes them responsible for the positive and negative effects in their lives.


How to transform your unworn jewellery into something you love
We present a complete guide to repurposing heirlooms or old favourites

We are all guilty of holding onto clothes and accessories that we don’t wear or use enough, and nowhere is this more apparent than with our jewellery boxes. Whether it’s a ring that was passed down to you or a pair of earrings that you feel no longer suit your style, it’s very common to hold onto jewellery that you don’t actually wear but refuse to give away, usually because it holds sentimental value. But, just as with our wardrobes, it is great to make more of what you already own and invest in that, turning something that is gathering dust into a piece that you cherish daily, and this is particularly easy to do when it comes to jewels.


Peter Robbins, Voice of Charlie Brown in the 1960s, Dies at 65
Robbins voiced the beloved character in such timeless ‘Peanuts’ specials as ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ and ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.’

Peter Robbins, who voiced Charlie Brown in the classic Peanuts specials of the 1960s, has died. He was 65.
His family told Fox 5 San Diego on Tuesday that the actor died by suicide last week.
Born in Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 1956, Robbins got his start as a child performer and, beginning at age 9, brought to life beloved Peanuts character Charlie Brown. His first project as the voice of the so-called “blockhead” was A Boy Named Charlie Brown, a 1963 television documentary about the life of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.


A mom says she just discovered she’s been celebrating her son’s birthday on the wrong day in a viral TikTok
A Minnesota mother said that she’d been celebrating her 3-year-old son’s birthday on the wrong date for two years.
​​Emily Vondrachek shared a TikTok video on January 12, which at the time of writing garnered 3.9 million views and over 21,000 comments. The video also sparked a relatable conversation about parenting in the comments.
The mom of four told her followers she celebrated her son’s birthday on February 26, instead of on his actual birthday, February 25.


You go viral overnight. Now how do you get rich?
Inside the fledgling cottage industry helping influencers make money.

For a skyrocketing industry, there are very few places where aspiring content creators can speak publicly about the finer details of their work. It’s a delicate balance, performing your life for the consumption of others, then calculating your value in the public marketplace of attention. While most influencers have multiple streams of revenue — sharing affiliate links, making money from creator funds, launching their own businesses, or starting a subscription service — by far the most popular is brand sponsorships, in which a company pays an influencer to promote or incorporate their product.


How trauma became the word of the decade
The very real psychiatric term has become so omnipresent in pop culture that some experts worry it’s losing its meaning.

Trauma is real, and can result in real disorders, though its meaning is ever-evolving. The DSM-5, the standard in American psychiatric diagnosis, currently defines it as “actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence,” either as a victim or a witness. Growing attention to the term has pushed forth a larger acknowledgment of the indirect and long-lasting consequences of violence, certainly overdue in American culture.
Some who study trauma, however, say current cultural references to the word have become a mess of tongue-in-cheek and casual mentions, mixed with serious confessions and interrogations of the past — of definitional misunderstandings and the absurd and the trivial and the profound and the sincere.


How Marvel trained an audience to love a post-credits scene
Marvel turned its post-credits scenes into a pop culture phenomenon.

End credits sequences have been popping up in movies for decades — at the end of 1979’s Meatballs, a character wakes up in his own bed on a raft in the middle of a lake and promptly falls in — but they’ve been on the rise in recent years. Winking or world-building scenes have appeared at the end of everything from The Matrix Resurrections to Don’t Look Up. One studio, however, uses them to the greatest effect, driving this trend, and it happens to be the studio that reset moviegoers’ expectations about when a film is actually over: Marvel.
Despite being the most dominant entertainment force in pop culture, there’s still an unquenchable thirst for more and more Marvel. Part marketing scheme, part reward for loyalty, end credits scenes are a massive part of the fan experience. If you don’t believe me, try spoiling one.


Meet the Hiltons: A who’s who of one of the most famous dynasties in America
Over 100 years after Conrad Hilton bought his first hotel in 1919, the power, glamour and wealth of the Hilton dynasty is unrivalled in America. Spanning four generations, its members are socialites, philanthropists and hoteliers, with connections to Hollywood, the British aristocracy, and yes, the Kardashians. Here’s your guide to who the key players are…


In Paris, the Practice of a Dying Art
Pierre Heckmann, 93, is among the last “ivoiriers,” or sculptors of ivory, in Europe.

In Europe, Pierre Heckmann, 93, may well be one of the last ivoiriers, “a sculptor who works with ivory,” he explained. He is sure he is the lone member, and therefore president, of the Chambres Syndicales de l’Ivoire and de L’Ecaille (tortoiseshell), one of France’s many organizations for skilled artisans.
Mr. Heckmann said he learned to carve ivory from his father, who learned from his father. They used the very same tools that now clutter his workbench and the machines that stand ready in his workshop, but then the tools of this trade, from metal files to jigsaw cutters, have not changed since the 1800s.


Netflix celebrates African talent in new documentary series
Made by Design is Netflix’s new documentary series highlighting African creative talent, with the first season dedicated to Nigerian design

Netflix presents Made by Design, a didactic new docu-series recently launched on the streaming channel. This series heralds a new guard who are reimagining African design, and the first season uses megacity Nigeria as a focal point. Giving viewers a deeper look into the complexities of Nigerian design, it showcases the highs, the lows and everything in between whilst exhibiting some of the country’s most prominent talents.


Ride a Vintage Steam Train to One of America’s Best National Parks This Summer
Grand Canyon Railway is offering steam engine train rides this summer — but only on select dates.

Once, long ago, thousands of steam engines roared their way across the U.S. Today, fewer than 200 survive, just a handful remain operational, and even less live on passenger railroads. That makes it all the more special that the Grand Canyon Railway is inviting travelers to come and experience this magical mode of transportation once more.
“The Grand Canyon Railway celebrates the history of rail travel with several steam-powered excursions to Grand Canyon National Park each year,” the company explains on its website. It notes, it keeps two fully restored vintage steam locomotives — GCR No. 29 and GCR No. 4960 — in service to pull The Train on select dates throughout the year.


Cooking & Cocktails: Lithuania

Cepelinai are considered the national dish of Lithuania. These large dumplings are made out of potato dough and stuffed with meat (or sometimes cheese or mushrooms). Once cooked, the dumplings are then covered with a creamy gravy that contains either bacon or pork rinds. Want to learn how to make this beloved Lithuanian dish in your own kitchen?




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