T LOunge for October 11th, 2022

Posted on October 11, 2022

Touareg Lounge Bar – Brussels, Belgium


It’s TUESDAY and we all deserve some shimmering sophistication and semi-private rooms in which to conduct no business at all. Let’s be glamorously lazy all day, kittens.



16 Filming Locations for The Crown That You Can Visit in Real Life
From historically accurate castles to beautiful beaches, here’s where Netflix recreated The Crown’s royal splendor.

Recreating Buckingham Palace in all its grandeur is no small job. In fact, it took multiple filming locations to recreate the Queen’s London home in The Crown. Since many scenes in the Netflix royal drama take place at the royal family’s private homes, the show uses other historic homes across the UK to stand in for royal properties like Balmoral, Highgrove, and Sandringham.
In honor of the show’s upcoming fifth season, here are 16 filming locations that you can plan to visit.


Prey’s Amber Midthunder Is the Action Star We’ve Been Waiting For
She might be the first Native American actress to front a major studio film, but she’s determined not to be the last.

Amber’s travels across Indian Country, her Indigenous pride, and glimpses of her TV and film projects feature prominently on her social media. She captures her rare vantage point on sets and shares a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood with her community, hoping she can inspire even one young Indigenous actor, actress, or creative to dream and do. Amber’s passions for raising up Native voices and her career in filmmaking reverberate throughout our conversation. She hits salient points in regards to Indigenous visibility and representation in Hollywood, but also remembers to crack a joke, laugh, and stay grounded. Her one takeaway: “There’s so much value in having Indigenous storytellers in front of and behind the camera.”


Luckiest Girl Alive Author Jessica Knoll on How the Film Portrays Her Experience of Sexual Assault
“It was a much more intense experience than I ever imagined.”

When Jessica Knoll penned her 2015 debut novel, Luckiest Girl Alive, she never imagined that it would lead to a major Netflix movie starring Mila Kunis—or to difficult revelations about her own past.
Knoll’s book follows TifAni “Ani” FaNelli, a magazine editor whose picture-perfect life begins to unravel as she revisits the trauma of surviving both a school shooting and a violent sexual assault as a teen. Although the novel was published two years prior to the watershed #MeToo movement, the story of perseverance at its core quickly resonated with readers. Luckiest Girl Alive went on to top the charts as a bestseller, and its publication was followed by a deeply personal disclosure from Knoll herself. In a 2016 essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter, she revealed that the gang rape at the story’s center was not a work of fiction; it was inspired by her own.


Why Fall Is the Best Time to Start a New Routine
We all need creative outlets. This is the season to find one.

For all of us, fall is an annual reminder of the season in our childhood when we would once again buy new notebooks and pencils, and get down to business. And for moms in particular, while the summer months can be great fun and an unparalleled opportunity to connect with our families, when our kids are home “on break,” it’s not exactly a vacation. It’s not until the littles, from kinder to college, head back into the classroom that mothers can pause, acknowledge all they did to support their children’s burgeoning skills and summer passions, and think about what’s next.


What Is the Negroni Sbagliato Cocktail the Internet Is Buzzing About
House of the Dragon star Emma D’Arcy’s viral video has turned this bubbly and bitter cocktail into the sip of the moment.

There’s just something about a negroni. Back in 2020, in the early days of the pandemic, actor Stanley Tucci took the internet by storm with a viral video explaining the ins and outs of making the iconic Italian cocktail, and now fans are once again abuzz over another iteration of the bittersweet tipple, courtesy of a video of a TikTok video of House of the Dragon stars Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke talking about their favorite drinks.
In response to the question, “What’s your drink of choice?” D’Arcy immediately replies, “A negroni.” Cooke agrees, saying, “I was going to say the same thing,” at which point D’Arcy adds, “Sbagliato. With prosecco in it.”


A Guide to the 2022 National Book Award Finalists
These 25 books are the finalists for the prestigious American literary award.

Across all five categories of the National Book Award finalists, there are only five writers and one translator who have been nominated before—the other twenty writers are first-time finalists, and six are finalists with their debut work.
“I didn’t think I would ever finish this book, publish this book, and then was sure no one would read the book. Moral: I have a bad track record when it comes to knowing what will happen with this book,” tweeted Sabaa Tahir, whose work All My Rage is nominated in the young people’s literature category.
The winners will be announced on November 16, 2022 in New York City; the National Book Foundation will broadcast the ceremony on YouTube, Facebook, and on the Foundation’s website. There will also be two lifetime achievement awards granted: to author Art Spiegelman, most famous for his work Maus, and librarian Tracie D. Hall, the first Black woman to serve as the executive director of the American Library Association.


Jennifer Coolidge Embraces La Dolce Vita in the First Trailer for The White Lotus Season 2
Kaftans, ironic slogan T-shirts, and withering stares at the ready: The White Lotus is returning to screens with its splashy second installment—and Jennifer Coolidge’s delightfully spacey heiress Tanya McQuoid will be center stage.
This September, HBO revealed that Mike White’s razor-sharp satire about ridiculously privileged guests at an impossibly luxurious resort would be back, presumably with more dissatisfied CEOs, terrifying 20-somethings, and raging general managers, on October 30. The first stills from the new season were released soon after, including one which sets the tone for the hilarity that is sure to ensue: an image of Coolidge’s Tanya pouting serenely while wearing bug-eye sunglasses and a sugary pink dress, her blonde curls wrapped up in a matching chiffon scarf.


Kenneth Branagh’s Third Hercule Poirot Film ‘A Haunting in Venice’ Casts Tina Fey, Jamie Dornan, Michelle Yeoh and More
20th Century Studios has announced the ensemble cast of “A Haunting in Venice,” director Kenneth Branagh’s third effort in the Hercule Poirot films based on Agatha Christie novels.
The new ensemble behind the supernatural thriller film is headlined by Branagh reprising his role as Poirot, with Tina Fey, Jamie Dornan, Michelle Yeoh, Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly and Riccardo Scamarico rounding out the cast.
Set in post-WWII Venice on All Hallows’ Eve, the film follows another mystery featuring the celebrated sleuth Poirot. Inspired by Christie’s “Hallowe’en Party,” the now retired and living in self-imposed exile Poirot reluctantly attends a séance at a haunted palazzo when one of the guests is murdered, and the former detective must once again find out who did it.


Soheila Sokhanvari Honors the Untold Stories of Iran’s Feminist Icons
Ahead of a major exhibition in London, the artist pays homage to women in Iran whose voices were silenced by the 1979 revolution.

On display at London’s Barbican through February 26th, Rebel Rebel is an homage to the pre-revolutionary feminists of Iran’s recent past, which has gained a tragic poignance amid the nation’s current protests. In her series of 28 intricate Persian miniatures, Sokhanvari honors curious creatives and pioneering thinkers who were persecuted and dismissed as motrebs by wider society—a pejorative slur used to describe low-class female entertainers. In vibrant portraits adorned with dazzling Persian patterns, Rebel Rebel celebrates poets, actors, writers, and singers who were arrested, exiled, sentenced to death, and forced to renounce their careers and possessions following the overthrowing of Mohammad Reza Shah, the former king of Iran.


Saoirse-Monica Jackson’s Cousin Inspired Erin’s Over-the-Top Derry Girls Reactions
Derry Girls, the Channel 4 series created and written by Lisa McGee — who, like Jackson, is a Derry girl herself — was a fast fan-favorite all over the U.K. and just as quickly charmed Americans when it hopped the pond. Erin is loosely based on McGee, a loveable dreamer and drama queen who’s flawed in the way so many teenagers are — with their inflated egos covering up intense insecurities. The third and final season of the series, which arrived on Netflix today, sees Erin and friends (played by Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, Louisa Harland, and Dylan Llewellyn) endure their final year of high school while settling into their convictions as friendships get tested and politics continue to hover over daily antics. Saying good-bye to Erin Quinn and the gang will be tough for fans, but Jackson is ready to move on — even as she acknowledges the immense impact of the series.
“This was always the plan,” she says, “but I don’t think anything will ever compare to the success, it being from my hometown and getting to feel that immense pride, and the massive life shift I went through. Being in a hit TV show obviously changes your career; it was my big break.”


‘Great British Baking Show’ contestants call for the show to fix its diversity issues
Viewers and former contestants alike have criticized “The Great British Baking Show” for how it represents non-English cultures and recipes.
Specifically, some are calling for a more diverse group of judges and hosts, better execution of themed challenges and recipes, and more accountability from the show’s production team.
Several contestants who’ve experienced the diversity issues firsthand told Insider it’s time for the show to take responsibility for its missteps and make changes for the future.
One baker pointed out that the contestant pool is quite diverse, but the judges and hosts don’t reflect that.


Self-compassion makes you a better person. Here’s how to practice it.
Science shows that self-compassion isn’t about letting yourself off the hook — in fact, it’s the opposite.

Self-kindness means you’re warm toward yourself when you suffer or mess up, rather than judging yourself harshly (as I did above). Common humanity means you remind yourself that everyone suffers or messes up sometimes, rather than succumbing to the feeling that you’re the only one going through such hard things. Mindfulness, here, means you’re neither under- nor overidentified with your painful thoughts — you acknowledge them as painful, but you also recognize that they’re just thoughts, not your whole being.
If you’re anything like me, you’re already feeling skeptical about all this. Maybe you’re thinking that you need self-criticism to motivate yourself to improve. Maybe you’re worried that self-compassion would breed self-indulgence, leading you to let yourself off the hook too easily.


Savoring Bourbon, and Its Storied History, in Northern Kentucky
As new distilleries pop up across the United States, the region along the Ohio River remains a particularly exciting destination for spirits tourism.

Today, spirits tourism is big business, especially in Kentucky. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail, established in 1999 by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, maps an itinerary that connects 18 historical distilleries within a 35-mile radius. Its success inspired the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, which was introduced in 2012 and highlights 23 smaller distilleries, most of which range in age from two to 14 years, and one of which is older than 80 years. According to the K.D.A., more than 1.5 million tours were given at distilleries on the K.B.T. and its Craft Tour arm in 2021, indicative of a strong recovery from the attendance record of 1.7 million set in 2019.


Inside a 17th-Century Italian Palace, an Untouched Sanctuary
The writer Skye McAlpine’s apartment, part of a storied palazzo in Venice, is filled with layers of history.

The approximately 4,000-square-foot three-bedroom home, which has a labyrinthine layout, is approached off the Rio Marin via a side entrance of the palazzo, through a stone archway carved into the ivy-covered, 30-foot-tall garden wall. A towering doorway painted jade green in the white limestone facade makes coming inside feel like entering a Fabergé egg; the 15-foot-high-ceilinged, dark brick-walled entry paved with crumbling tiles of white Istrian stone and red marble from Verona is hung with a giant gilded Venetian lantern flanked by elaborately carved wooden sconces.


100 Best Songs of 1982
All-time classics, buried treasures, cult favorites, and one-hit wonders — from Prince and Duran Duran to Kate Bush and the Go-Go’s to the Replacements and R.E.M.

WELCOME TO 1982: the year that invented pop music as we know it today. One of the most experimental, innovative, insanely abundant music years ever. Hip-hop takes over with “The Message” and “Planet Rock.” New Wave synth-pop invades the Top 40. Disco and funk have a high-tech boom. Indie rock takes off with R.E.M. and the Replacements. Prince claims his throne as the Coolest Man Alive. Madonna dances out of Detroit. Thriller drops. New stars, new beats, new noises explode every week on MTV. So do some of history’s most tragic haircuts. Synthesizers. Drum machines. The Walkman. After 1982, music will never be the same.
Sure, you can go to the movies and see E.T. or Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Or hit the video arcade to play Pac-Man. But the real fun is happening on the radio, where crazy new sounds are mutating and evolving at warp speed. Every style of music is booming. The kids are taking over. 1982 kicks off the cross-cultural mix-and-match future we’re all living in now.





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