T LOunge for September 21st, 2022

Posted on September 21, 2022

Virgin Izakaya Bar – Kyiv, Ukraine


A chic, comfy cavern sounds just about perfect right now, wouldn’t you say? It’s WEDNESDAY and that fact always calls for a bit of a hunkering down. The good news for all of us is that your manly and elegant hosts have a ton of distractions for you today, including possibly/hopefully an early podcast. We’re off to go live up to that “Fabulous & Opinionated” tagline, but you should feel free to stay here and give the world nothing today.


World Building: Ralph Fiennes Takes on Robert Moses in Straight Line Crazy
In January 2022, the actor Ralph Fiennes took a helicopter ride over New York, looking down like a god on the avenues, expressways, and bridges that shape the city’s daily life. He studied the view with care, not as a tourist might, but as preparation to play the man who created much of it all: Robert Moses, once the most powerful urban planner in the world.
“I just wanted to get a sense of the reach of his vision,” says Fiennes from Umbria, Italy, where he’s renting a farmhouse with no Wi-Fi, so he’s at a local café, wearing a loose white shirt open at the neck in the heat. “From all the conversations I have had with New Yorkers, they consider his legacy to be extremely negative. But you can’t go to New York and not benefit from the West Side Highway or Riverside Park. You still use the tunnels and bridges that he built. Of course, the Cross Bronx Expressway is horrendous—it’s a divided legacy. And that is very much addressed in the play.”


Behind the Clinic Doors
Abortion providers discuss how their lives have been transformed post-Dobbs.

When the Supreme Court verdict that nullified Roe v. Wade came down on June 24, healthcare workers across the country were thrown into a new world of uncertainty. As they continue to deal with the legal restrictions and threats of violence, they now face an increased risk of prosecution, job insecurity, and the heartbreaking inability to offer the medical care that they believe is their duty to provide. Five physicians spoke candidly to ELLE.com about the questions they’ve struggled with over the past two months. Here are their stories.


Meghan Markle Reportedly Requested a ‘One-on-One‘ Meeting With King Charles III to ‘Clear the Air’
A royal reporter said the Duchess of Sussex made the “formal request” in a letter amid strained family relations.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s public appearances in the U.K. have come to an end following the Queen’s funeral proceedings yesterday, but the Duchess of Sussex may be trying to get the royal family’s strained private relationships on better footing. NBC and MSNBC’s royal reporter Neil Sean said that a “very good source” informed him that Meghan was seeking a one-on-one meeting with King Charles III before she and Harry leave England.
“She’d now like [to], before they return back to California, to have a one-to-one audience with King Charles III,” Sean said in a video posted on YouTube, via Sky News and Page Six. “That’s right, Meghan one-to-one with King Charles III. You heard correct. And what’s interesting here is, according to that good source, this was made in a formal letter, this is how you write to the King. Now you have to admire Meghan’s self-belief, whatever you think,” he added.


Fantasy Has Always Been About Race
The recent controversies around casting non-white actors in shows like Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon ignores the fact that race has always been integral to the world of fantasy.

Fantasy, some fans argue, is set in the mythical whiteness of medieval Europe, and adaptations should remain faithful to the source material and cast white actors, not retcon a diverse cast to suit the current political climate. This, however, is an ahistorical assertion—over and over, studies have produced strong evidence that Europe has never been homogeneously white, but instead one of the most racially diverse continents in antiquity. House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power are just the latest of many shows targeted by online fandoms demanding the removal of Black people from their vision of the European world. Fantasy has become the site of a much deeper stronghold of white supremacy: our collective racial and historical imaginaries.


Masterpieces From the Condé Nast Archives Will Soon Go On View in Venice
Next spring, images spanning the worlds of fashion, art, politics, sports, and design over seven vibrant decades will go on display in Venice, as the Pinault Collection mounts a major exhibition of photographs and illustrations from the Condé Nast archives—the first of its kind. Titled “Chronorama: Photographic Treasures of the 20th Century,” the show is set to run from March 12, 2023 until the following January at the stately Palazzo Grassi, François Pinault’s art museum and theater on the Grand Canal.
Made up of more than 400 masterworks published between 1910 and 1979, “Chronorama” gathers the imagery from Vogue, Vanity Fair, House & Garden, Glamour, GQ, and other Condé Nast-owned titles that helped to define the look, feel, and tastes of the 20th century—to say nothing of capturing many of that period’s most famous and influential figures. Among the artists included are Cecil Beaton, Edward Steichen, Lee Miller, Horst P. Horst, Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Eduardo Garcia Benito, Helen Dryden, and George Wolfe Plank, while the subjects range from models to actors, musicians, writers, painters, socialites, athletes, and beyond.


Yes, It’s Already Getting Darker Earlier — Here’s How to Avoid Seasonal Depression
You don’t have to be doomed to total hibernation this fall and winter.

As summer slowly slips into the rearview and pumpkin spice and spooky everything pervades your social media feeds, you’ve probably noticed that the days are already getting shorter and darker. (Read: Sunsets before 7 p.m.) While less sunlight certainly lends itself to that Hocus Pocus vibe some people crave all year round, it can also be a major bummer for anyone who grapples with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression marked by lower energy and moodiness that stems from the transition to fall and often continues well into the winter.


These Indigenous Beadworkers Infuse Tradition With a Sense of Humor
In season one, episode four of Reservation Dogs—the successful FX series following four Indigenous teens in Oklahoma—one of the main characters, Bear (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai), wants to purchase a beaded medallion for his distant father, who is passing through town. Bear and his friends visit “Auntie B,” one of their community’s best beadwork artists, to peruse the options: They come across kooky necklaces, including a fully-beaded pickle and a deliberately phallic-shaped microphone. “This is amazing, but I don’t know if my dad is that into pickles,” says Bear, inspecting the otherwise intricate craftwork.
These whimsical pieces on the show reflect the work of a real-life artist. They were created by Jill Kaasteen Meserve (@jill.kaasteen), who is Lingit and based in Juneau, Alaska.


Best Bars in U.S. and Bartender of the Year Named By Liquor.com’s 2022 Liquor Awards
The inaugural awards includes categories for Best Hotel Bar, Best Neighborhood Bar, and Best New Bar, and more.

Liquor.com has announced the winners of its first-ever Liquor Awards, which celebrates and recognizes the bartenders and venues that are taking cocktails, spirits, and hospitality to the next level. The inaugural Liquor Awards are divided into two sections, Excellence in Bars and Holistic Hospitality, and will be awarded to individuals, venues, and organizations in 14 different categories.
“Liquor.com has always strived to create a platform that showcases the incredible folks who power the drinks industry and the meaningful work that they do,” Alexis Doctolero, Vice President of Liquor.com, said in a statement. “The Liquor awards are a natural extension of this mission. We believe these winners and finalists represent the people and places that exemplify the best of the American drinks industry today, and we are honored to celebrate them.”


50 Unforgettable Images From W Magazine’s Half Century of Style
To celebrate W’s 50th anniversary, friends, collaborators and muses share their favorite memories of the magazine.

It’s hard to believe, but this year marks W’s 50th anniversary. When I was growing up, W was my favorite magazine—I was obsessed with its mix of fashion and culture, and the way it flaunted a rebellious attitude. In 2019, when I became the publication’s editor in chief, the first thing I did was run to the office library and scour the archives. The earliest issues were broadsheets printed on newsprint that tracked the comings and goings of the social swans who were an obsession for W’s founder, John B. Fairchild. Later on, the format changed to the oversize glossy you see on newsstands today, and fashion became W’s focus. In time, Hollywood, art, and design were added to the mix.


A Guide to 13 Varieties of Pumpkin
Welcome to Cucurbita, the genus of pumpkins, squashes, and some gourds, the edible and ornamental fruits of fall. Once you recognize the variety of shapes and sizes, all kinds of decorative possibilities open up. There are so many types of pumpkins—why stick to the standard orange icon of fall? Pale and monochromatic, bright and bold, eerily enigmatic, or elegantly dark and moody options also abound.


A Brooklyn couple bought a run-down, 180-year-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley. More than 13 years later, they say the renovation process ‘really never has ended.’
In 2009, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, Kat O’Sullivan and her boyfriend Mason Brown were living in a loft bedroom in Brooklyn. The space was in a former tannery that had been converted into an artist’s warehouse, and the couple was sharing it with a revolving cast of roommates.


What Hemingway Left in Sloppy Joe’s Bar 80 Years Ago
The trove of items deposited in Key West, now part of a new archive at Penn State, includes four unpublished short stories, drafts of manuscripts and boxes of personal effects.

The items, part of the most significant cache of Hemingway materials uncovered in 60 years, are in a new archive recently opened to scholars and the public at Penn State University. Called the Toby and Betty Bruce Collection of Ernest Hemingway, the material includes four unpublished short stories, drafts of manuscripts, hundreds of photographs, bundles of correspondence and boxes of personal effects that experts say are bound to reshape public and scholarly perception of an artist whose life and work defined an era.





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