T LOunge for October 19th, 2022

Posted on October 19, 2022


Perrachica Bar and Restaurant – Madrid, Spain

 

Expansively cozy, darlings; that’s exactly the kind of contradictory requirement we have for today’s LOunge, which fits the bill nicely. It’s WEDNESDAY and we should all take time to celebrate and to indulge in a little self care. It’s the law. Or it should be, anyway.

 

Meghan Markle Lets Her Guard Down: On Grieving Queen Elizabeth, Producing With Harry and Returning to Hollywood
For most of her public life as the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan has been described as many things: disingenuous, calculating, determined, relatable, even Diana-like. But spend a day with her, and you’ll witness a side that the public hasn’t seen: the nerdy American mom. Meghan talks about how she loves to watch “Jeopardy!” and do Wordle in bed with a glass of wine. She absentmindedly raps her son’s favorite song (a track about the Tyrannosaurus rex from “Ask the StoryBots”) and talks enthusiastically about Beyoncé (specifically, how “Cozy” is her favorite song from the new album).
How important is it to you to be understood by other people?
“That’s a great question. No one has ever asked me that. I can only speak for myself, but I think feeling understood and seen are really important. That has been a common denominator that has come up in “Archetypes” and the work I do with communities of women. People just want to be seen. That is also where representation comes into play.”

 

Broadway’s The Piano Lesson Is More Than Just a Revival
The play, directed by LaTanya Richardson Jackson and starring

The Piano Lesson is part of Wilson’s sweeping Century Cycle, a series of 10 plays, nearly all set in Pittsburgh, that chronicle Black life in each decade of the 20th century. At a time of eagerness to break cycles, Wilson’s continues to endure as a vivid vehicle for often overlooked histories. As the Great Depression drags on in 1936, two siblings, played by Danielle Brooks and John David Washington, are at odds over whether they should preserve their family’s fraught legacy, which has been intricately carved into the wood of a piano, or sell the instrument for a chance to buy the land their ancestors toiled on for generations.

 

Daniel Craig is Named a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George—Just Like James Bond
Princess Anne awarded the actor honors for his contribution to film and theater.

“We’ve been expecting you…” they wrote in the caption, “The Princess Royal presents Daniel Craig with The Order of St Michael and St George – the same honour held by his character James Bond – in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film and theatre.”
Originally created in 1818, the Order of St Michael and St George was first instituted to acknowledge those of high rank in the Ionian Islands and Malta, but was later expanded “to reward distinguished service in British territories, as well as more generally in foreign affairs,” according the the royal family’s website.

 

Naomi Watts Wants to Talk About Menopause
The actress chats with BAZAAR.com about aging in Hollywood and her new menopausal beauty brand, Stripes.

Along with her list of notable accomplishments—including raising two children and earning two Oscar nominations—actress Naomi Watts is now adding advocate to her résumé with the creation of menopausal beauty brand Stripes. Officially launching October 18 in partnership with Amyris, Stripes’s mission aims to improve the conversation around menopause and features a range of products like a cooling face mist, hydrating vaginal gel, and probiotic supplements, geared toward women experiencing what the brand calls “the change.”

 

Jared Leto’s Desert-Inspired Beauty Debut is More Than a Mirage
Leto’s willingness to learn and his dedication to both clean formulas and clean living is what persuaded Kate Forbes to join Twentynine Palms after years of heading up innovation for Aesop. “If I could adhere to some of Jared’s strict guidelines, I think I’d be much healthier,” laughs Forbes, a veteran product developer with a PhD in chemistry. “He is 100 percent committed to anything that he decides that he wants to do,” confirms Jimmy Chin, the codirector of the Oscar-winning rock climbing documentary Free Solo, who met Leto six years ago.
That commitment will soon take Twentynine Palms beyond beauty, Leto tells me with such enthusiasm he briefly drops his iPhone. He is planning a partnership with High Desert Test Sites, the ambitious Coachella Valley–adjacent artist residency, as well as limited-edition home and design objects in collaboration with a rotating list of multidisciplinary creators. Fragrances that build on earthy aromatics (smoky Japanese vetiver, eucalyptus, myrrh) will come next. It’s a convincing performance in which Leto plays the part of wellness apostle; maybe it’s the beard. “It’s just the beginning,” he suggests.

 

Joy Harjo On When She Realized Poetry Has Power
During her three terms as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, Indigenous poet Joy Harjo—who hails from Muscogee (Creek) Nation—has not only used her platform to spotlight the beauty of the written word, but also highlighted the works of contemporary Native poets across the nation. One of her biggest projects as the Poet Laureate was creating “Living Nations, Living Words,” an interactive map that highlights the works of 47 different Indigenous poets throughout the country. “As the first Native U.S. Poet Laureate, I decided that my signature project should introduce the country to the many Native poets who live in these lands,” Harjo says. “Our communities innately shared and share poetry from before the founding of the United States to the present.”

 

A Dynamic Throwback to ’80s Fashion at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs—And More Must-See Museum Shows in Paris
October in Paris marks a shift in focus from fashion to art. This is when the city’s major institutions unveil their heavyweight exhibitions, while independent galleries often present their rising stars. Usually, October is also when dealers, collectors and adjacent art people arrive for Fiac, among the world’s leading contemporary art fairs, which has been replaced this year by Paris+ par Art Basel—a coup that, specifics aside, seems not unlike a shakeup of fashion designers and houses.
For all the fair-hopping, installations, and parties that will ensure the next few days are as over-scheduled as any fashion week, there are several new museum exhibitions exploring style, society, and visual culture. There’s a dynamic throwback to ’80s fashion, design, and graphic art at Musée des Arts Décoratifs. There’s escapism and luster at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent, which is presenting the designer’s obsession with gold. There’s timeless beauty mixed with existentialism at the Louvre, which has mounted a vast survey of the still life genre and how objects communicate. There are Alice Neel’s portraits of everyday people—and the social commentary they embody—at the Centre Pompidou. And at the Musée de l’Orangerie, there’s Mickalene Thomas’s scintillating impressions from Giverny that complement the juxtaposition of Claude Monet and Joan Mitchell over at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

 

In Ejaculate Responsibly, Gabrielle Blair Makes Abortion a Men’s Issue
There is nothing subtle about author and Design Mom blogger Gabrielle Blair’s new book. Both its eye-opening title, Ejaculate Responsibly: A Whole New Way to Think About Abortion, and its thesis, which appears in all caps on page 1, demand “a crucial refocus” of the issue of abortion and pregnancy prevention: “IT’S THE MEN.”
In a dire post–Roe v. Wade clime, Blair mounts a radical argument that really shouldn’t be: that abortion is, indeed, a men’s issue. “Currently, conversations about abortion are entirely centered on women—on women’s bodies and whether women have a right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy,” she writes in the introduction. Meanwhile, “men cause all unwanted pregnancies,” Blair asserts. “An unwanted pregnancy only happens if a man ejaculates irresponsibly—if he deposits his sperm in a vagina when he and his partner are not trying to conceive. It’s not asking a lot for men to avoid this.”

 

Renaissance Rules: The Unexpected Connection Between ‘The Tudors’ and the 2022 Runways
“The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England,” which recently opened at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, speaks to popular culture’s fascination with fashion, royalty, and fame, as well as image making, and so-called content.
The show follows on the heels of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, with all its attendant pomp and circumstance, but even before her passing, designers were mining times distant. Nostalgia is nothing new in fashion; what’s unusual is that some designers are now reaching all the way back to the 15th and 16th centuries. It seems unreal that a farthingaled Queen Elizabeth I, as depicted in The Ditchley portrait currently on display at The Met, would have counterparts on the runways, but so it has transpired.

 

‘I’m Not One to Hide Under the Covers’: Dolly Parton Talks Doing Good During Difficult Times
On Thursday night, the 2022 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy was awarded to six people and organizations making the world a better place. At a special ceremony in New York City, recipients Dolly Parton, Manu Chandaria, Lyda Hill, Lynn Schusterman, Stacy Schusterman, and the World Central Kitchen were all acknowledged for their outstanding philanthropic efforts, targeting everything from poverty relief in Africa to health care infrastructure. In Parton’s case, the award reflected the good works of her Dollywood Foundation and Imagination Library, through which the superstar has distributed free books to children worldwide, increased college access, and even advanced medical research—famously playing a pivotal role in funding the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (she donated $1 million to its development).
Here, Parton speaks exclusively to Vogue about her philanthropy work, what accomplishments she’s the most proud of to date, and how she remains so positive.

 

Which Team Has the Most Expensive Beer in the NBA This Season?
Fans apparently pay a premium to drink while watching the reigning conference champions.

The 2022/23 NBA season tips off tonight with both of last year’s Finals teams in action: The Boston Celtics are hosting the Philadelphia 76ers while last season’s champs, the Golden State Warriors, host the Los Angeles Lakers. So which teams are the frontrunners this year? Food & Wine can’t offer that kind of insight — we’re here to discuss the NBA’s influence on the wine industry and basketball-branded Oreos. But we can also help with another important question: Which teams have the most and least expensive beers?

 

4 Common Knitting Mistakes—and How to Quickly Fix Them
Did you drop a stitch again? Find solutions for some of the most common knitting errors.

Are you a new knitter? If so, congratulations—this hobby is all but guaranteed to bring you lifelong joy. We also understand how daunting it can be to begin this often-complex craft. Dropping a stitch, adding extra stitches, getting your stitches twisted, and not providing enough slack as you knit are all common mistakes first-timers run into. But don’t let these fears stop you from honing your craft. The best part about all of these pitfalls is that they are preventable and fixable.

 

8 Easy Zucchini Bread Recipes for Anytime Snacking
Our sweet and savory loaf recipes make great snacks, treats, breakfast breads, and more.

Although zucchini bread might be your go-to when the garden overflows with summer squash, it’s a delightful treat that can be enjoyed any time of year (and you can find zucchini in most supermarkets year round). Plus, this bread adapts beautifully to cold-weather flavors such as cloves and ginger, so you can enjoy delicious, seasonal renditions of this snack, too.
Zucchini bread isn’t hard to make, but a few pointers can take your loaves from so-so to crowd-pleasing. Using small to medium-sized squash are best, as they are less bitter and have thinner skin and softer seeds. Keep the zucchini peel on for extra texture and nutrition, and once you’ve shredded it, let it sit in a colander for a couple of minutes so the moisture can release. Press out any excess with a paper towel. The result? Moist, but never gooey, zucchini bread.
Now that you know how to perfect every loaf you bake, discover some of our tried-and-true recipes to make whenever a zucchini bread craving strikes.

 

Jessica Chastain: the ethical issue with true crime
From glamorising crime to a lack of workplace crèches and the rollback of women’s rights, the Oscar-winning actress is fighting back – one injustice at a time

Jessica Chastain has a problem with most true crime. Her latest project might see her star in a serial killer film, but it’s time, she says, that the genre had an overhaul. “Most of it makes me feel uncomfortable,” she tells me. “These crimes and the people that commit them can be fetishised and sexualised. It’s one thing when it’s a fictional story, but when it’s about real people who had a loved one who was murdered and their life taken from them… I get very uneasy when it’s used as entertainment.”
As we reach peak true crime consumption, it’s a pertinent issue: how ethical is it to treat the worst moments of other people’s lives as a spectator sport?

 

Grace Gummer Is All About the Process
Grace Gummer has found a way to be intentional about who gets to point a lens at her. The actress—whose parents are Meryl Streep and the sculptor Don Gummer—has grown up a few steps’ distance from the world’s brightest spotlights and grandest stages. But somehow, she’s spent a lifetime building a low key existence—minor tabloid presence, no social media, relative normalcy.

 

The Enduring Power of “Scenes of Subjection”
Saidiya Hartman’s unrelenting exploration of slavery and freedom in the United States first appeared in 1997, during the last period of spoiled “race relations” in the twentieth century. Twenty-five years later, it has lost none of its relevance.

In the United States, we like to discuss the distortions of the nation’s history as amnesia, when it is more appropriate to understand our affliction as selective memory clotted with omissions intended to obscure the raw truth about our society. From the local to the national, our history of slavery has been recast as part of our narrative of forward progress. Where slavery is depicted as our founding “national sin,” it is as quickly dispatched as having been exorcized through the carnage of the Civil War, setting the United States upon its essential course toward a more perfect union. Slavery’s essential role in building the most powerful nation on earth has been minimized, if not wholly ignored—as have been the roots of slavery to the nation’s enduring crisis of racism and its attendant impacts within the lives of Black people thereafter.

 

Battle royal: The Crown‘s Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki on portraying Charles and Diana’s bitter divorce
Creator Peter Morgan, new Queen Imelda Staunton, and the rest of the cast take us behind the scenes of the show’s most controversial season yet.

Imelda Staunton was at the end of a long day filming The Crown when she learned that Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch she plays on the upcoming fifth and sixth seasons of Netflix’s British royal family drama, had died at the age of 96. “That was pretty devastating,” she says of the Sept. 8 news. “It was odd, to say the least,” the actress, 66, adds of portraying the Queen amid the global mourning. “I’m glad I had time to regroup before I started again.”
Staunton’s costar Dominic West, the Emmy-winning series’ new Prince Charles, first heard about the Queen’s death in Spain. “I’d just flown to Barcelona to shoot my first day of season 6,” recalls the star of The Wire and The Affair. “When I arrived in the hotel, one of the assistant directors said to me, ‘Have you heard the news? The Queen’s very unwell.’ I went up to my hotel room and I just watched the telly for three days and then went home. We didn’t shoot at all, out of respect.”

 

How to successfully shop a “final sale” section
5 questions to ask yourself so you don’t wind up with stuff you hate.

“Extra 40% off!” If you’re like me, you love getting these emails from your favorite brands. And if you’re like me, you’re inevitably disappointed when you start browsing the sale section and realize everything is marked “final sale.” Do you take a risk and buy something that might not work out? Or do you skip the sale altogether?
“Final sale” means no returns or exchanges. Retailers use the tactic to get rid of excess inventory or last season’s stock. And retail experts say final sales may become more common as retailers deal with swollen inventories caused by supply chain issues and consumers seeking different kinds of merchandise.

 

Taking the Long View on Some Very Long Wars
Historians rethink North America before colonization, American racial divisions over two centuries and a Persian Empire under steady duress.

Pekka Hämäläinen asserts that the war for control of the continent was “one of the longest conflicts in history,” lasting some four centuries. Hämäläinen, a prizewinning historian at Oxford University, recasts the history of North America from a Native American, or Indian, perspective. (He uses those two terms interchangeably.) In the process, he has produced the single best book I have ever read on Native American history, as well as one of the most innovative narratives about the continent.
One of his running themes is how limited the Europeans were in their range of action. Essentially, for most of the time, the English, French and Spanish did nothing without approval from one or another Native American tribe or confederation.

 

How This European City Became the Ultimate Destination for Cocktail Lovers
Everything you need to know about Amsterdam’s cocktail scene — and the historic, family-owned distillery that helped put it on the gin- and vodka-soaked map.

The dark, austere lobby of the Pulitzer in Amsterdam’s Nine Streets district is, at first, as cold as a canal cruise on a rainy fall afternoon. The hotel, a Peter Pulitzer project that began in 1960, is a cluster of 25 aristocratic and well-to-do merchants’ homes from the 17th and 18th centuries, modernized and combined in a maze of hallways, stairs, and raw natural textures accented by polished, rich design elements. It’s the pops of gem tones and friendly front desk staff that enliven the ingress, and just past the wall of teal curtains concealing a gilded elevator bank, a white marble bar awaits in a glass-walled enclosure beside the courtyard. Pulitzer’s Garden Bar is my initiation into Amsterdam’s post-COVID-19 cocktail scene, where gin and vodka reign supreme, as has long been the case thanks to the Dutch’s fondness for distilling clear booze. And that’s exactly what I’m here to drink

 

 

 

 

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