T LOunge for August 12th, 2022

Posted on August 12, 2022

Montezuma Cafe, Bar and Restaurant – Corinth, Greece

 

Close your eyes, tilt your head to the sky, and take a deep breath. You made it. It’s FRIDAY.

 

How Eiffel’s Costume Designer Turned Emma Mackey Into A 19th-Century Parisian Muse
Martin Bourboulon’s Eiffel is a sweeping, decades-spanning epic about long-lost love: the fictionalised story of the rugged Gustave Eiffel (Romain Duris), the civil engineer already renowned in France for constructing the metal framework of the Statue of Liberty, who is about to embark on his next venture. He has his sights set on the Parisian metro, but his colleagues would prefer him to create a new monument for the 1889 World’s Fair instead. The event which changes his mind? A serendipitous encounter with Adrienne (a ravishing Emma Mackey), a now-married fixture of Belle Époque society, whom Gustave had fallen for many years ago. When she tells him that she, too, would rather he created an audacious structure that could stand as a symbol of the nation, he decides to build the wrought-iron colossus that would be remembered as his masterpiece as a tribute to her: the Eiffel Tower.

 

The Serpent Queen: What to Know About Starz’s Catherine de Medici Series
The premium cable channel continues to mine royal history for its original series.

On the heels of the success of The White Queen, The White Princess, and The Spanish Princess, Starz has greenlit yet another royal drama—this time, set in the 16th century court of France. Here’s what we know so far about The Serpent Queen, an edgy historical drama which “puts a contemporary spin” on the story of Catherine de Medici’s rise to power.
“The Serpent Queen may be the most cunning account of one of the most influential women ever to wear a crown that Starz has told,” said Starz head of originals Christina Davis. “We are thrilled to be working with such an incredibly talented team who will give this series a modern voice among a sensational historical backdrop.”

 

The Queen of True Crime
Ashley Flowers has the top true crime podcast in the country. But heavy is the head that wears the crown in the often controversial industry.

Since Flowers entered the true crime podcast industry, it has grown exponentially. There are now numerous highbrow shows investigating the shortcomings of the criminal justice system; a wide array of “true crime comedies”; and over 100 episodes (I stopped counting) dedicated to Gabby Petito, the woman killed by her fiancé while they were traveling across the country last summer. That so many people, particularly women, are consuming true crime has prompted curiosity and consternation. It’s not entirely clear whether this interest is new—is it more than after the Manson murders? Or during the era of Jack the Ripper?—but what is apparent is that Flowers has uncanny insight into the types of stories many Americans want right now.

 

Flo Milli Knows She’s That Girl
The Alabama-born rapper talks about her debut album, her love for reality television, and the power of manifestation.

Finding a Flo Milli song where the rapper isn’t expressing her unyielding confidence is a rarity. Her taunting, witty rhymes about effortlessly taking anyone’s man while ensuring she doesn’t even need one are more inspiring than they are insulting. It’s a craft that the Mobile, Alabama native aced on her glorious debut mixtape Ho, Why Is You Here? Her follow-up, You Still Here, Ho?, released July 20, furthers that narrative arc while exploring different tones and exposing her vulnerability. Flo Milli knows that she’s still that girl. And, with the help of affirmations, she’s always known that she would be since deciding to rap at the age of 10.

 

Use That Shiny Baking Sheet, What Are You Waiting For?
Life is short. Eat, drink, and try to be merrier.

There are several baking sheets in my kitchen, all with varying degrees of use. Some have years of baked-on grease from oven-fried bacon and reheated pizza while others still show glints of the shiny silver they used to be. One of them still looks brand new though. It lives at the bottom of the stack of the other baking sheets protected by a layer of parchment paper. On the rare event it does get used, it is first swaddled in aluminum foil like a gesù bambino, trying to preserve whatever the baking sheet equivalency is for “new car smell.” It wasn’t handed down from generation to generation. This baking sheet has no particular significance other than it looks newer than the other ones. And the only reason it looks newer is because it doesn’t get used because I want it to stay looking new. It’s a stainless steel Catch-22, but lately I’ve found myself rethinking about how often I use that shiny baking sheet.

 

Emma Mackey Is A Moody Brontë Sister In The First Trailer For Emily
Here’s everything you need to know about the forthcoming literary biopic.

Rather than a purely historical account, director Frances O’Connor takes the opportunity with Emily to fantasise about what might have led the middle Brontë sister to write Wuthering Heights. Her wild theory? That the reclusive Emily had an affair with Weightman, an assistant curate who worked with her father, Patrick, a rector in the Yorkshire town of Haworth.
While there’s no historical evidence of any romance between Emily and Weightman, the Durham graduate did play a significant role in the life of every member of the Brontë family. Arriving at their parsonage in 1839, Weightman immediately charmed the three sisters – delivering them personalised Valentine’s cards after learning that none of them had ever received one. He would become a dear friend of Emily, whom contemporaries described as incredibly reclusive, even by the Brontës’ standards.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Petite Sirah
Petite Sirah is often confused with Syrah. They are related, but not the same grape. And there’s really nothing “petite” about it in the glass.

Petite Sirah should be more popular than it is. After all, it checks so many of the boxes that American consumers often look for in a red wine: It tends to display ripe, rich fruit, leans toward the more powerful end of the spectrum, and its spice notes allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. Petite Sirah also plays well in the proverbial sandbox with other grape varieties, often lending blends greater depth of color and an undertow of richness. Despite the fact that even the best examples rarely cost a fortune, it flies relatively under the radar –– but this grape variety has the potential to offer profound, joyous pleasure.

 

This Vogue Columnist’s Hand-Sewn Wedding Look Cost Less Than £10
Making an entire wedding outfit for less than £10 is not, I suppose, the norm in the UK. According to the BBC, the average cost of a wedding here in 2021 was £17,000 and a significant chunk of that will be taken up with the dress. Or gown, I should say. However, after years of lockdowns, a devastating global pandemic and subsequent recession, a cost of living crisis and truly urgent climate emergency, I believe people’s priorities are changing. They need to. I couldn’t comprehend putting that kind of money into something I would wear just once when my son is about to start school, my bills this winter are going to be eye-watering, when I want to be able to pay for my parents to travel to the wedding and buy everybody pizza and drinks in a pub round the corner afterwards.

 

The World’s First Cheese Conveyor Belt Restaurant Is a Dream Come True
Pick & Cheese features a moveable feast of artisanal cheeses — all made in the UK.

A Stilton from Nottinghamshire is coming toward me, but whirls past while I’m deliberating. Then comes a Cornish Gouda from Cornwall, sitting under its glass dome next to a bit of clotted cream fudge, but I’m too slow for that one, too. Finally, I grab a cheddar, made by a fifth generation cheesemaking family in Devon. I lift the lid to uncover the pungent, soft yellow wedge, and sample it from my seat at the bar, along with the dab of tomato chutney that’s also on the plate.
I’m at Pick & Cheese, on the first floor of Seven Dials Market, a food and drink hall occupying a former banana warehouse in West London’s Covent Garden neighborhood. And I’m sitting at the world’s first cheese conveyor belt restaurant.

 

How to Wear Blue Eye Makeup, According to 10 Celebrity Makeup Artists
There’s been much discussion lately about blue eye makeup having a resurgence. But for the record—and as any savvy makeup artist will tell you—blue isn’t trending; it’s never been passé. Be it a sheer denim lid, a navy stoke of liner or a full lid of rich cobalt, blue has never left the eye makeup coterie. No matter the shade, blue eye shadow is like Elon Musk: it’s here, it loves the attention, and it’s never leaving.

 

A Buffalo Photographer’s Dignified Look at the Passage of Time
In three decades, Milton Rogovin and his wife, Anne, captured changes in one upstate neighborhood, while also reaching deep into grand abstractions of nature and time.

In the early nineties, I worked briefly as an assistant editor at Aperture, a job that involved considering unsolicited submissions of photographs. It was my good fortune that one such set of submissions was delivered to the office by the photographer himself, Milton Rogovin, and his wife, Anne, a writer and teacher. They lived in Buffalo, Anne’s home town, where Milton, a Jewish New York City native, born in 1909, was once a practicing optometrist and had long been photographing residents of his adoptive city’s relatively poor neighborhoods. The Rogovins brought a batch of his recent photos, from Buffalo’s Lower West Side, near where he had an optometry practice; some of his earlier work had been published by Aperture, and I hoped the same would happen with these newer images. It didn’t happen, but a spate of books from other publishers nonetheless followed, starting in 1994, showcasing an extraordinary body of work and with it an extraordinary couple—Milton wielded the camera, but the life project that his images embodied was a joint venture of his and Anne’s.

 

5 Common Mistakes We’ve All Made When Grilling Kebabs
Grilled kebabs (or kabobs or kababs) are a particular pleasure, but there are a few pitfalls that are easy to avoid

Kebabs are a particular pleasure for the home griller. Food on a stick is always fun, and they can be a terrific and affordable way to feed a family or a crowd. Kebabs (or kabobs or kababs — they’re all legitimate ways to spell it) cook quickly, can be assembled in advance, and require little more than some pita breads, condiments, and side dishes to make an instant party. But that doesn’t make them automatically foolproof. Kebabs can be a little bit tricky, and if you aren’t careful to avoid some of the obvious pitfalls, you might end up with scorched skewers stuck to your grill grate. Here are the top five mistakes we have all made that you should be wary of when it comes to grilling kebabs.

 

Steve Martin on His Late Career Surge and Contemplating Retirement: “This Is, Weirdly, It”
After more than 60 years in the business, the comedy legend was ready to wind it down. Then came ‘Only Murders in the Building’ and his three Emmy nominations. And a new stage show. And a new book. And a new doc. But after that, it’s over. He’s pretty sure…

Martin’s pursuit of big laughs is the stuff of comedy legend. It also has surpassed 60 years. Born in August 1945, he was hamming it up at various jobs at Southern California amusement parks as soon as he could legally work. He began stand-up in earnest by age 18 and ultimately hit the highest highs of one of the most difficult professions. Since the 1980s, he’s been the unlikely leading man of films like Roxanne, L.A. Story and the Father of the Bride movies. For Martin, every bit of the work — yes, even sophomoric remarks about baby fat — still demands constant refining.

 

Doritos Debuts Two New Unexpected Flavors
Doritos Ketchup is the first time the popular Canadian flavor has come to the U.S.

If you’ve never hastily completed a summer barbecue spread by tossing a bag of Doritos into a bowl, well, Martha Stewart, I appreciate you reading. For the rest of us, the flavored corn chips may not be the most iconic summertime snack, but they’ve certainly done their job at cookouts when called upon – and now, the brand is rolling out two flavors specifically intended to pair with the likes of hot dogs and hamburgers… Doritos Ketchup and Doritos Mustard.

 

37 creative corporate gifts to thank your employees or coworkers for all their hard work
Whether you manage a lean team of five or oversee thousands across offices nationwide, you know that your employees are invaluable to the success of your business (and may deserve more thanks than simply paying their salary).
Skip the cheap corporate trinkets and surprise your employees with thoughtful, useful options instead. Some come from our favorite startups, while others are just a click away from Amazon. With some gifts, you can even go the extra mile by customizing them with company colors, a logo, or a personal touch that truly shows your appreciation.
If your company is working from home, we hope these gifts will allow you to stay connected to both your business and each other.

 

Why do wigs on TV look so awful?
A Hollywood hairstylist on why onscreen wigs don’t look anything like they should.

There’s no limit to the number of bad onscreen wigs that we’ve seen over the years. Tyler Perry is often asked about the terrible wigs he allows on his productions, most notably Shemar Moore’s infamously horrific cornrow wig in Madea’s Family Reunion. The wigs in Twilight looked like cosplay at best. After dyeing her hair blonde and having to cut it off from the damage the hair dye caused, Jessica Alba donned a wig for the Fantastic Four sequel, and one critic described it as “a ridiculously bad wig that a neophyte drag queen from a small town in Nebraska would have turned her nose up at.”

 

Will excavators unearth 10 tonnes of Nazi gold in the grounds of Polish palace?
The Silesian Bridge Foundation has been granted permission to raise a buried canister in the Polish village of Minkowskie, thought to contain a treasure trove of lost gold and jewels

The long-awaited excavation is the culmination of over a decade of work. Back in 2008, researchers from the Foundation came into possession of a cache of documents, including a wartime diary, given to them by the secretive Quedlinburg Lodge. A mysterious group that dates back thousands of years, it’s thought to have been connected to prominent figures across the spheres of religion, high society, science and the arts. During the WWII years, however, it also counted a number of Nazis among its members. Historian Roman Furmaniak, President of the Silesian Bridge Foundation, told French magazine Science et Vie: ‘It’s a terrible page in their history… And it is precisely for this reason that they entrusted this diary to us, as one more step towards reconciliation and a beginning of a restitution process.’

 

Getty Museum to Return Objects to Italy
Orpheus and the Sirens will be returned in September, followed by other artwork at a later date

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles today announced it will return to Italy the Sculptural Group of a Seated Poet and Sirens, a group of life-size terracotta figures also known as Orpheus and the Sirens.
The Museum is also working with the Ministry of Culture to arrange the return of four other objects at a date to be determined.
In accordance with Getty’s policy of returning objects to their country of origin or country of modern discovery when reliable information indicates that they were stolen or illegally excavated, the Museum has removed the objects from public view and is preparing them for transport to Rome in September, where they will join collections to be designated by the Ministry of Culture.

 

Small but Mighty
A view of 17th-century globalization through three Dutch paintings

Next time a package lands on your doorstep, imagine how it got there: the distant source, the giant cargo ship, the noisy dock, the bustling warehouse.
This intercontinental system may sound modern, but it has a lot in common with the 17th-century global trade practices of the Netherlands.
At the time, two multinational corporations based in Amsterdam had a stronghold on global trade: the Dutch East India and Dutch West India Companies. While their sturdy ships carried prized textiles, spices, and other luxury goods to Europe from Asia, India, and the Americas, damaging practices of commodification, violence, and enslavement accompanied this expansion.

 

 

 

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