T LOunge for May 9th, 2022

Posted on May 09, 2022

Club del Doge and Terrace at The Gritti Palace – Venice, Italy


It’s MONDAY and we don’t know about you, but we definitely need a little grandeur Venetian-style just to help us get up and running. Order some wine. Enjoy the view. Talk amongst yourselves.



Kim Kardashian Reveals Her Second Marilyn Monroe Met Gala Dress
“In my quest to find the Jean Louis hand-beaded dress that I wore to the gala, I discovered Heritage Auctions owned Marilyn’s iconic green sequined gown,” Kardashian wrote on Instagram. In the process of her research, she also stumbled upon the fact that the award Monroe won that year was owned by a friend of hers, the floral designer Jeff Leatham, who purchased it at auction in 2018. “I saw this all as a sign, the way that all of the stars aligned,” Kardashian added. “It will forever be one of the greatest privileges of my life to be able to channel my inner Marilyn in this way, on such a special night.”


How Layla’s Costume In The Moon Knight Finale Came Together
Designer Meghan Kasperlik talks collaborating with actress May Calamawy and doing “a tremendous amount of research about Egypt” to nail that epic reveal.

Superhero costumes have long since bypassed the capes and spandex requirements, and with each new Marvel project, the sartorial boundaries are pushed further. Moon Knight adds several new entries to the stylish list, with Oscar Isaac serving double duty (at least) as Marc Spector and Steven Grant. But he is not alone, as the season 1 finale gives Marc’s wife, Layla El-Faouly (May Calamawy), the chance to literally spread her wings when she transforms into Scarlet Scarab.


Joan Didion and the Art of Motherhood
Joan Didion was a genius. She was also a mother. The larger culture may see that as a contradiction, Carribean Fragoza writes, but Didion herself was always searching.

Joan Didion was known for her confident, self-assured statements and the surgical precision with which she observed the world. The one adjective continually invoked of her writerly persona and her work was cool. When she passed recently, one of the conversations that bubbled up about her life and her legacy was her identity as a writer and a mother. Online, some male writers asked if she was proof it was possible to be a great artist and a great parent—to be met with parent writers who quickly pointed out the nonsensicalness of that question. But if we look at Didion’s work itself, we see her contradictions. She is often admired for the clarity and conviction of her writing, but in her work, and how she thought of it, there is the uncertainty and tension between the demands of being a writer and the demands of being a mother. And certainly, in how Didion approached it, an understanding that to ask her to conceptualize the two was something that was never demanded of her male peers.


No One Likes Bridesmaids Dresses— Is it Time to Ditch Them for Good?
Harsh truth from the (polyester) chiffon trenches.

Oddly, the ritual of matching bridesmaids dresses is an ancient one, documented in Ancient Rome when the good tidings of a wedding was thought to draw evil spirits and bridesmaids would dress identically as decoy brides to confuse them. Fair enough! But as the practice has evolved over the years, there was shift to dressing like the bride to wearing something I am fairly certain the bride would never put on her own body. We gather our nearest and dearest and force them into a uniform of our own imagining, some alchemy of “color palette,” “childhood visions,” and, to raise my seamstress’s point, “to ensure they don’t look better than we do on our wedding day.”


Why ’90s and ’00s perfumes are trending again
Britney’s back! As is Mugler’s Alien and Clinique’s Happy – here’s why we’re sniffing out nostalgic fragrances

It’s not only our sartorial choices that are being directly influenced by nostalgia for the Nineties and Noughties – the decades when consumption was slower and fashions brasher; it’s making its mark on our olfactive associations, too, with popular perfumes from the decades trending once more.
According to various beauty retailers, searches and sales are spiking for iconic fragrances synonymous with those times.


Lady Gaga Wore Tom Cruise’s Original Top Gun Jacket In The ‘Hold My Hand’ Music Video
Tom Cruise recently revealed to James Corden on The Late Late Show that he and Hans Zimmer, one of the composers for the upcoming Top Gun sequel, were struggling with the music for the film when Lady Gaga approached them both with “Hold My Hand.” “There was just a sound and something we were looking for and it just wasn’t right,” he said. “She presented her song to us and it just opened up the whole movie.”


George Pérez, celebrated comic book artist who redefined Wonder Woman, has died
In a career that spanned over four decades, Pérez’s meticulous pencil was behind some of the biggest comic book heroes. He co-created The New Teen Titans at DC Comics in 1980 and drew The Avengers for Marvel Comics. He helped ink the closure of a chapter on Superman.
Pérez’s mid-’80s reboot of Wonder Woman returned the superheroine to her Greek mythology origins. Patty Jenkins, who directed the Wonder Woman movies, has cited Pérez’s interpretation of the character as a major influence.


The Immersive Thrill of Matisse’s “The Red Studio”
In a show at MOMA on the artist’s 1911 painting, aesthetic bliss saturates the means, ends, and very soul of a style that was years ahead of its time.

Henri Matisse’s large painting “The Red Studio” (1911) is so familiar an icon of modern art that you may wonder what remains to be said—or even noticed—about it. Quite a lot, as a jewel box of a show at the Museum of Modern Art proves. The exhibition surrounds the eponymous rendering of the artist’s studio with most of the eleven earlier works of his that, in freehand copy, pepper the painting’s uniform ground of potent Venetian red. (Some of the original pieces are on loan from institutions in Europe and North America.) In addition, there are related later paintings, drawings, and prints, along with abundant documentary materials.


Video shows Ukraine’s famous bomb-sniffing dog receiving a medal from Zelenskyy in Trudeau’s presence
Ukraine’s expert mine sniffing dog Patron is now one of the country’s latest decorated heroes, with the pup receiving a medal from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday at a news conference in Kyiv.
According to the Ukrainian government, the two-year-old Jack Russell terrier has helped detect more than 250 Russian explosives in Chernihiv since the start of the war in Ukraine.


The owl did it, and other reasons true crime fans love The Staircase
Everything you need to know about The Staircase (the documentary) before you watch The Staircase (the docudrama).

On a chilly December night in 2001, novelist Michael Peterson found his wife, Nortel executive Kathleen Peterson, lying covered in blood at the foot of a narrow stairwell in their Durham, North Carolina mansion. Durham police promptly charged Michael Peterson with Kathleen’s murder.
A few months later, a French documentary team arrived to film the course of Peterson’s trial, little knowing they were about to witness one of the wildest cases on record and create an iconic true crime documentary series: The Staircase. Initially released in 2004 with eight episodes, the series became an acclaimed sleeper hit within the true crime community before gaining wider popularity amid the post-Serial true crime boom. Two follow-up episodes on the case were filmed in 2011, with three more following in 2017, when the full series was finally released on Netflix.


The philosopher who warned us about loneliness and totalitarianism
Revisiting Hannah Arendt’s ideas about social isolation and mass resentment.

If you asked me to name the most important political theorist of the 20th century, my answer would be Hannah Arendt.
You could make arguments for other philosophers — John Rawls comes to mind — but I always come back to Arendt. She’s probably best known for her reporting on the 1961 trial of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann, and for coining the phrase “the banality of evil,” a controversial claim about how ordinary people can commit extraordinarily evil acts.
Like all the great thinkers from the past, Arendt understood her world better than most, and she remains an invaluable voice today. Arendt was born into a German-Jewish family in 1906, and she lived in East Prussia until she was forced to flee the Nazis in 1933. She then lived in Paris for the next eight years until the Nazis invaded France, at which point she fled a second time to the United States, where she lived the rest of her life as a professor and a public intellectual.


A Messy Table, a Map of the World
When you visit a museum’s collection of European painting, do you skip by the still lifes and head for the showier stuff?
Still life had a bum reputation for centuries. Early critics rated them as something less than high art. And when royal academies of painting arose in the late 17th century, picture genres were explicitly ranked.
Well into the 19th century, picturing foodstuffs and household items was estimated to take a little skill but not much of a brain. Still today, painting a bowl of fruit or a bouquet of flowers is an intro lesson of art class.


Is the Dirty Shirley the Drink of the Summer?
Vodka-spiked Shirley Temples — nostalgic, colorful and unapologetically sweet — have found a way to upstage the vodka soda.

It’s easy to track the movement of a Dirty Shirley at a bar: Look for a tall glass of Sprite with a gradient of bright red grenadine and a maraschino cherry floating on top. The flavor profile — syrupy, verging on sickly sweet.
The Shirley Temple, named after the child star (who denied involvement in its invention), has been a favorite drink order for kids since the 1930s. In the hands of adults, though, the concoctions are being made “dirty” with a shot of vodka.


A Brief Introduction to Roman Mosaics
15 key facts about this quintessential Roman art form

Mosaics offer a vivid picture of ancient Roman life.
From dramatic athletic contests to tender portraits of local wildlife, mosaics provide a glimpse at who the Romans were, what they valued, and where they walked.
The exhibition Roman Mosaics across the Empire features examples from Italy, France, North Africa, and Syria, some dating back 2,100 years. Large assemblages of mosaics aren’t usually on display at the Getty Villa—no wonder, given that the largest group in the collection is over 600 square feet and weighs 16,000 pounds!


‘Kissing’ Planets, a Super Flower Moon, and Meteor Showers Are Coming — Here’s When to See Them
May’s celestial events to keep an eye out — or up — for.

April showers bring…May celestial events. At least that’s the case this month when there are several occasions worth packing up the car with lounge chairs, a telescope or binoculars, and a few snacks and heading out in search of dark skies.
The key to observing any astronomical event is to head away from city lights as far as possible — ideally to a Dark Sky Place, if you can. Once there, give your eyes 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness before you look up.
And if you can’t get out of town for these night-sky wonders this month, don’t worry — some of them will still be visible even through light pollution (particularly that lunar eclipse!)





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