T LOunge for September 20th, 2022

Posted on September 20, 2022

Daimyo Bar and Restaurant – Milan, Italy


Sophisticated and gorgeous, darlings. Yes, we’re describing ourselves but we’re also describing today’s LOunge, which we like to think of as a reflection of ourselves. Grab a velvet-covered seat and call it your own for as long as you like. Distractions are provided below and everything on the menu is gratis and calorie-free. Enjoy.


The Hair and Makeup In ‘The Woman King’ Is an Ode to African Artistry
Sophisticated, intelligent, and fierce.

The Woman King movie is one-of-one, telling the story of the Agojie, an army of women who belonged to the African kingdom of Dahomey (present-day Benin) in the 19th century.
As a part of a society that valued gender equality, this group of women were originally formed to take on the role of elephant hunters, then later became warriors who protected their land and people. In the film specifically, General Nanisca (Viola Davis) led the army to liberate Dahomean women who were abducted by the Oyo Empire and nearly sold into the slave trade — which eventually leads to an all-out war between the two states.
With a story as profound as this, it goes without saying that there was a lot of thought and detail put behind the hair and makeup for the film. The result is a true celebration of Black womanhood in its purest, rawest, and most majestic form.
Taking from the past 5,000 years of historical African hairstyling; the strength, authenticity, and fearlessness of the Agojie was inspiration enough for head hair designer Louisa Anthony to come up with culturally and historically accurate looks.


The Banned Books Club
Writers tackling complex issues are under fire now more than ever. Here, targeted authors and experts speak out.

Whether you blame the culture wars, social media silos, or both, it’s clear that this year we’re veering even closer to the plot of a dystopian novel, with a Virginia state legislator filing a restraining order against Barnes & Noble over the sale of “obscene” books to minors; the defunding of a Michigan library for refusing to remove LGBTQ+ titles; multiple threats of violence against library workers and patrons; and even a book-burning event targeting witchcraft-themed books following a Tennessee school board’s decision to remove Maus, Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize–winning graphic novel about the Holocaust, from a school’s eighth grade curriculum.


Philanthropist and Socialite Deeda Blair Shares Her Philosophy on Style and Entertaining
The inimitable social swan has distilled decades of knowhow in a new book to benefit brain and mental-health research

Deeda Blair did not want to write a book. The society doyenne, medical philanthropist, and mental-health and brain-research advocate has lived an extraordinary life. She’s traveled the world, developed meaningful relationships with politicians, industry leaders, and cultural luminaries, and cultivated highly specific tastes. She is known in fashion circles for her elegantly restrained style and extraordinary couture collection; she maintained a close friendship with Hubert de Givenchy. She is a fascinating person, the very embodiment of style and substance. But she would much rather put two interesting people together—like an impressionist art collector and a brain researcher—and listen to them than talk about herself.


25 Books by Latinx Authors You Should Read Immediately
Stories so good, you won’t need a bookmark.

Reading takes you places you never thought you could go—it’s why most of us fall in love with books. Sometimes books lead us to a small village in Mexico or to New York City in 1965, or, perhaps, to the beaches of Miami. (Who doesn’t want a free trip to Miami?) Often, the stories are so enthralling the bookmark that rests on our side table rarely ever gets used. If you’re looking for those kinds of books—ones you can’t put down—you can find them on this list, courtesy of some seriously talented Latinx authors.


The Real Story of Curry
Globally beloved but difficult to define, curry is a testament to the creativity and resilience of the human spirit, drawing its spices and aromatics from a worldwide pantry.

According to Sukhadwala, the word curry can be traced back to the Portuguese, who used caril in Goa in the 16th century. It may have been adapted from kari in the Malayalam, Kannada, or Tamil languages — the last of which can translate to “a spiced sauce.” In Portuguese, the plural of caril was carie or curree, which the British further evolved into curry. After officers at the East India Company set up trading posts and villages in India in the 17th century, they took a liking to local dishes, but they didn’t seem to grasp the country’s culinary nuances, as Sukhadwala notes, and clumsily mashed together different techniques and cultural traditions. India is 1.27 million square miles (about 13 times the size of Britain), with variable climates, ancient influences (Arab traders, Jewish settlers, Mughals, Persians), and many religions (Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Buddhist), as well as castes and other subsects. In a fog of imperial arrogance and ignorance, the British compressed this vast diversity into a singular curry. They further recontextualized it to a ranking of spiciness: It was in a gentleman’s club in Kolkata, the Bengal Club, where curries sold to golfers were denoted as mild, medium, and hot — a practice that spread to Britain as well as other Western countries to label dislocated cuisines, like that of Thailand.


How ‘The Woman King’ Score Honors the Language of the Dahomey Warriors Through Chants and Songs
It took the combined talents of four Grammy winners, a symphony orchestra and a choir of African-American opera singers to make “The Woman King” resonate with the sounds of 19th-century West Africa.
“This was one of those once-in-a-lifetime films,” says composer Terence Blanchard of director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s project, for which he wrote a powerful score – the likes of which haven’t been heard in a period African film since Quincy Jones’ “Roots” 45 years ago.
“All of your experiences lead you to this moment, to work on something like this,” says the two-time Oscar nominee and five-time Grammy winner. “As soon as I saw it, I was floored. I looked at these characters as the founding DNA of all the strong African-American women I experienced growing up.”


The Royal Family Shares A Moving – And Previously Unseen – Photograph Of The Queen Following Her Private Burial
Following the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, watched by millions around the world, the monarch was finally laid to rest in a private ceremony in the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle on the evening of 19 September. She was buried with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, her father, King George VI, her mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and her sister, Princess Margaret.
Following the service, the royal family released a final photograph of the Queen on Twitter, a previously unseen image that shows her striding across the heath near Balmoral in 1971, with the Shakespeare quote: “May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.”


6 Ways to Make Your Candles Last as Long as Possible
Discover why trimming the wick helps increase burn time.

Thanks to their warm glow, candles add ambience to any space. Place them in a dimly lit room, and the flickering light creates a soft, welcoming atmosphere—and their fragrance gives your home a signature scent.
Whether you have a favorite option that you buy over and again or an impressive collection, you likely want to enjoy your candles’ light and fragrance for as long possible. Luckily, extending their burn time is absolutely possible, say candlemakers, if you choose and care for your candles correctly.


Demi Moore And Chloë Sevigny Will Play Truman Capote’s Swans In The Next Season Of Feud
Then, on 17 August, Variety reported that the show had found its Capote, too: Pride & Prejudice and Gosford Park’s Tom Hollander had snagged the part of the prolific novelist who became a pariah when he published a story which exposed the shocking secrets of his most powerful confidantes. Joining him will be eternal New York It-girl Chloë Sevigny as CZ Guest, a cover girl and muse to Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí; Diane Lane as Slim Keith, the former wife of Howard Hawks who was credited with discovering Lauren Bacall; and Calista Flockhart as Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy’s radiant younger sister who married a Polish prince.


Everything We Know So Far About The Explosive New Hunger Games Prequel
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, starring Rachel Zegler and Hunter Schafer, is set to tell the fascinating origin story of our favourite supervillain. Ahead of its release, here’s what you need to know.

Set 64 years before the events of the Hunger Games series, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is based on Suzanne Collins’s 2020 prequel of the same name. It centres on Coriolanus Snow, the white-haired president of Panem, played with elegant malevolence by the incomparable Donald Sutherland in the four record-breaking films adapted from Collins’s best-selling trilogy between 2012 and 2015. Back then, Snow was only an ambitious teenager who, despite being orphaned and teetering on the edge of poverty, managed to excel at the Academy and was assigned to mentor a tribute for the 10th Hunger Games: the fierce (and musically gifted) Lucy Gray Baird from District 12. Their relationship, as well as the blood-soaked tournament which set Snow on the path to tyranny, is the subject of the hotly anticipated new release.

Remembering Roxanne Lowit Through Her Iconic Fashion and High Society Photos
There are few celebrity photographers who become as well-known as some of their subjects over the years. As was often said over the course of her decades-long career, Roxanne Lowit most definitely falls into that category and will no doubt continue to do so long after her passing earlier this week. She leaves behind a legacy that includes some of the most well-known candid photography of supermodels, celebrities, artists and designers in their more intimate moments. Her photo of Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Linda Evangelista in a bathtub is as embolic of an image of the models would become known as “The Trinity” as any staged and styled shoot.


Ken Burns Turns His Lens on the American Response to the Holocaust
Commemorating the Holocaust has become a central part of American culture, but the nation’s reaction in real time was another story.

This new documentary lays bare how the United States government was mired by domestic politics during the war and how the American public was largely indifferent to the Holocaust at the time. It sets that indifference against a homegrown tradition of racism, tracing the xenophobia of the nineteen-twenties right up to the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally, in 2017, and the January 6, 2021, storming of the Capitol. If Holocaust memory seems well established today, the film nevertheless arrives at a moment when the nature—and the future—of historical truth, about the Holocaust but also about everything else, is in acute jeopardy.


What We Talk About When We Talk About Diane Arbus
Ahead of David Zwirner and Fraenkel Gallery’s restaging of “Cataclysm: The 1972 Diane Arbus Retrospective,” a look back at what art critics have said about the photographer—for better or for worse.

Whether you know it or not, there’s a good chance that your perception of photography has been shaped by a single solo exhibition that the Museum of Modern Art mounted in 1972. Its posthumous retrospective of Diane Arbus—then the most highly attended show in the institution’s history—played such a role in proving photographs have the capacity to fall under the category of fine art that a half century later, David Zwirner and Fraenkel Gallery have gathered all of the 113 works that were once on display for a show covering Arbus’s career. And in some ways, “Cataclysm: The 1972 Diane Arbus Retrospective” is now even better than the original: Doon Arbus, the photographer’s daughter and manager of her estate, played a key part in ensuring the exhibition and Zwirner’s accompanying book fully encompassed her mother’s legacy.


The arresting stoicism of the Princess Royal
Royal insiders tell how, in the 11 days since her mother died, Anne has exemplified both the Queen and Prince Philip’s core values – and why she will be King Charles’ most important ally

Seeing Anne, 72, solitary on the trail, recalled those images of the Queen, sitting alone in her pew at Prince Philip’s funeral last year, rigorously adhering to protocol despite an immense personal pain palpable through the screen – even from behind her black face mask. Anne has done the equivalent in the past 11 days: showing up, even alone, even when it hurts. She has proved a consistent, protective presence, and loyal to the hilt.


The Choreography of Public Mourning
The events around Queen Elizabeth’s death have unfolded with an astonishing amount of formal, choreographed movement.

The death of Queen Elizabeth II has been remarkable for many things: The outpouring of love and affection from her citizens and across the globe; the 20-hour, through-the-night queue to shuffle slowly past her coffin as it lay in state; the virtual cessation in Britain of reporting on any other news.
But there has been another remarkable feature of the last 10 days, culminating in Monday’s funeral: the choreography.
From the moment a palace official placed a discreet death notice with precision on the railings of Buckingham Palace to the Lord Chamberlain breaking his wand of office over the coffin in the final moments of the interment ceremony on Monday afternoon, every public event around the queen’s death has unfolded with an astonishing amount of formal, choreographed movement.


Attempts to Ban Books Are Accelerating and Becoming More Divisive
To mark Banned Books Week, the American Library Association released a report on the rise in censorship efforts: In 2022, there have been attempts to restrict access to 1,651 titles.

Book banning efforts have grown rapidly in number and become much more organized, divisive and vitriolic over the past two years, splitting communities, causing bitter rifts on school and library boards, and spreading across the country through social media and political campaigns.
Public libraries have been threatened by politicians and community members with a loss of funding for their refusal to remove books. Members of the Proud Boys, an extremist right-wing group, showed up at a school board meeting in Illinois, where book access was on the agenda, and at a drag queen story hour in California. Librarians have been accused of promoting pedophilia. In its recent analysis, the library association cited 27 instances of police reports being filed against library staff over the content of their shelves.


The Restaurant List
50 places in America we’re most excited about right now.

We traveled widely and ate avidly as we built the annual list of our favorite restaurants in America. From Oklahoma City to Juncos, Puerto Rico, to Orcas Island off the coast of Washington State, our food reporters, editors and critics found revelatory Ethiopian barbecue, innovative Haitian cooking and possibly the most delicious fried pork sandwich in the United States.
While we love to see a dynamic new dining room open its doors, we’re equally impressed by kitchens that are doing their best work years in. So while some of our picks debuted just this summer, others have been around for decades. The one thing they do have in common: The food is amazing.
These are the 50 restaurants we love most in 2022.




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