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Woman Enough: The Irrepressible Loretta Lynn in 18 Vintage Photographs
Loretta Lynn, the country legend known for such hits as “Fist City,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” and “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” died on Tuesday at her Tennessee ranch at the age of 90. The singer-songwriter was nominated for 18 Grammys—she won three—and countless Country Music Association Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards over the course of her six-decade career.
Lynn was, indeed, a coal miner’s daughter, growing up as one of eight children in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, and mothering her first child when she was only 16. (Lynn married her husband, Oliver Vanetta “Doolittle” Lynn, in 1948, raising six children with him in all; the pair remained together until his death in 1996.) She became a fixture on the country-music scene in Nashville not long after that, and despite local stations often refusing to play her songs (particularly “The Pill,” a 1975 ode to reproductive freedom), Lynn went on to form a successful musical partnership with singer-songwriter Conway Twitty and record a tribute album for her friend Patsy Cline that reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts.
In 1980, the film Coal Miner’s Daughter—which starred Sissy Spacek as Lynn and Tommy Lee Jones as Doolittle—became a box-office hit, familiarizing the world with Lynn’s work and life story. More than 20 years later, Lynn found another raft of new fans with the album Van Lear Rose, which she released with Jack White of the White Stripes in 2004.
In celebration of Lynn’s life, take a look back at the beloved country star over the decades.
King Charles Loans His First Piece of Art as Monarch
A plaque underneath a portrait of Queen Elizabeth by Lucian Freud hanging in the National Gallery reads “Lent by His Majesty The King.”
The first painting to be displayed with the label “Lent by His Majesty The King” is Lucian Freud’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth. It is currently on display in the National Gallery’s exhibition Lucian Freud: New Perspectives, and was installed at the end of the mourning period for Queen Elizabeth.
Titled “Her Majesty the Queen,” Freud painted the late monarch in 2000 and 2001, and gifted the art to her. It was part of Queen Elizabeth’s private collection. Per the Art Newspaper, “It is unclear whether her will (which as monarch is to be sealed for 90 years) specifies that ownership of the Freud should pass to the collection or go to her son.”
How a Schiaparelli Couture Look Gets Made
To perfect the look, designer Daniel Roseberry conducts five arduous fittings—and that’s just for the shoulder of one jacket.
With the Fall 2022 collection, he wanted to emphasize tailoring as “a classic idea that grounds all the surrealism” of the boundary-rattling house founded by Elsa Schiaparelli nearly a century ago. Roseberry’s gauntlet-thrower of an opening look: a severe black skirt suit and boater with a champagne corset, kissed on the hips by two velvet bows. The jacket alone took five fittings and over 150 hours to perfect; his first sketch had just the shape of the shoulder.
Alexis Bittar’s Powerful Portrait Series Showcases the Bodies of Breast Cancer Survivors
The campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month promotes women’s recovery stories.
As we enter Breast Cancer Awareness Month, designer Alexis Bittar wants to be at the forefront of the conversation—by giving women living with the effects of breast cancer the visibility they deserve. In a portrait series dedicated to the vivacity of such women, Bittar highlights seven survivors who are navigating their recovery journey, with or without reconstruction. The campaign, which is part of the brand’s initiative to raise funds for Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), is a mixture of strength, realness, inspiration, and healing. Below, we speak with Bittar about the photos—all of which document the women with and without clothing—and why he wanted to highlight these specific stories.
The Women Are Coming—to Vote
Let’s make sure polling places are ready for them.
With the midterm election just weeks away, all eyes are on some of the most newly-engaged voters in the country: women. After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, we’ve seen high voter registration among women, suggesting that we could see a record number of voters come November. While this story has dominated coverage the last few months, there are fewer headlines about the fact that many polling places in the United States aren’t sufficiently staffed to handle a spike in turnout. But it’s not too late to fix this problem: local election offices are already ringing the alarm about the need for more poll workers to staff polling places during early voting and on Election Day. The reality is, if women are going to show up in record numbers to vote, women are going to need to show up in record numbers to work the polls, too.
Sosie Bacon Is the Newly Crowned Queen of Horror
The actress talks her new movie, Smile, and the best advice her very famous parents ever gave her.
Sosie Bacon has never been one to shy away from a good horror movie. Growing up in Manhattan, the young actress—and daughter of beloved actors Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon—fondly recalls spending Friday nights with friends, seeing mid-aughts films like Jennifer’s Body and House of Wax. “How do I explain it?” she says. “It’s just sort of romantic, going to the theater, knowing that you’re going to see something scary, and your adrenaline is going.” So it should come as no surprise that Bacon now stars in one of her own—Parker Finn’s chill-inducing Smile—which will satisfy today’s audiences for the very same reasons Bacon herself fell in love with the genre.
Lipton Is the Latest Soft Drink to Get Boozy with Hard Iced Teas
Arriving in the first half of 2023, the five-percent ABV malt beverage will launch with four flavors.
At a time when people are supposedly drinking less and non- and low-alcohol alternatives are seeing a boom, the opposite is true, too, as soft drinks are going the boozy route. Hard Mtn Dew, Fresca canned cocktails, even Coca-Cola teaming up with Jack Daniel’s for the first official packaged Jack & Coke: Alcohol partnerships are starting to feel like not an “if,” but a “when.”
Even big name teas aren’t safe. Today, the Buffalo-based brewer FIFCO USA — which produces brands like Labatt, Genesee, Pyramid, Magic Hat, and, importantly in this instance, Seagram’s Escapes flavored malt beverages — announced they’d reached a deal with the Pepsi-owned brand Lipton to produce Lipton Hard Iced Tea.
This Honey Made in a Brooklyn Cemetery Is Probably Not Haunted
Jars of Sweet Hereafter honey, made at Green-Wood Cemetery, are available on-site in limited quantities for a short window each year.
Every other Sunday, Davin Larson heads to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, not to pay his respects to the dead but to tend to his honeybees. This will be the third year that the cemetery has produced its cleverly named Sweet Hereafter honey, which is only available on-site each fall. The honey has developed a cult following amongst Brooklyn residents—and even people from further afield—who jump at the opportunity to buy jars of honey with such a vivid, slightly ghoulish backstory.
“I mean, everyone loves local honey,” says manager of public engagement and development, John Connolly, “but especially having the unique provenance of cemetery honey is huge as a gift item.”
Hitting the heights: on set with the stars of the upcoming Emily Brontë film
Love, longing and literary ambition converge in a new film dramatising the little-known life of Emily Brontë
“Emily Brontë is such a strange person,” says Emma Mackey. “But I’m protective of her – she is a gift of a woman to play.”
The actress is talking about her titular character in Emily, a fictionalised biopic that arrives in cinemas this month. It is, of course, not the first time that the Brontë sisters have inspired actors, authors and directors: there are umpteen dramas, biographies and novelisations devoted to the trio, who grew up with an alcoholic brother, widowed-priest father and aunt in a draughty West Yorkshire parsonage. The story of the three writers, who at first attributed their manuscripts to made-up men’s names in order to be published, and went on to produce some of Britain’s best-loved novels and poems, has beguiled readers for generations.
Velma Is Officially a Lesbian in New ‘Scooby-Doo’ Film, Years After James Gunn and More Tried to Make Her Explicitly Gay
Velma is officially a lesbian.
Clips from the brand new movie “Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!,” which show the Mystery Inc. member googly-eyed and speechless when encountering costume designer Coco Diablo, have gone viral on Twitter, confirming suspicions held by the “Scooby” fan base for decades.
It’s long been an open secret among fans and “Scooby-Doo” creatives that Velma is gay. Even James Gunn, who wrote the early live-action films, and Tony Cervone, who served as supervising producer on the “Mystery Incorporated” series, have confirmed the character’s sexuality, but they were never able to make it official onscreen.
An Exclusive First Look At Florence Pugh In The Chilling Victorian Drama, The Wonder
Florence Pugh cut her teeth in the 2017 adaptation of Lady Macbeth, a Victorian thriller set in rural Northumberland which saw her play a young murderess. For her first Netflix project, the Don’t Worry Darling star is going back to her period drama roots as the lead in the adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel The Wonder. Ahead of the film’s premiere, a quick recap of everything we know so far about the project.
Loretta Lynn’s New Album, and the Trail She Blazed in Country Music
Lynn routinely rejects the label of feminist. In the memoir she writes, “I’m not a big fan of Women’s Liberation,” and, forty years later, she garnered headlines for her support of Donald Trump. Even so, she’s been calling out “that old double standard” her entire career. The songs that she’s written or chosen for herself have repeatedly blasted misogynistic attitudes that excuse or idealize male misbehavior. The most emblematic example of this became her first No. 1 hit, in 1966, the punchy-and-pissed “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (with Lovin’ on Your Mind).” In that song, she reads the morning-after riot act to a husband who’s returned home late, drunk again and “a-kissin’ on me.” She’s mad that he woke her up from a sound sleep, mad that he didn’t take her along with him in the first place, and maddest of all that he tried to force himself on her.
The “Juicy Dress” and More Costumes That Turn Ana de Armas into Marilyn Monroe in ‘Blonde’
Costume designer Jennifer Johnson discusses the painstaking work that went into authentic re-creations of the screen siren’s looks, including a dress with a heart-shaped rear cut-out.
For BAFTA-nominated costume designer Jennifer Johnson (I, Tonya), working on Blonde was all about authenticity. Armed with a directive from writer-director Andrew Dominik — who would not approve a creation unless it was a perfect match — everything from the shades of Marilyn Monroe’s pink opera gloves to the placement of a pocket needed to be exact. Archival photos and films proved invaluable for the design of 100-plus costumes for Monroe along with those for 1,800 extras and supporting characters (including Joe DiMaggio, John F. Kennedy and Arthur Miller), which were a mixture of vintage and made-from-scratch items.
How to Trim Your Candle Wicks to Ensure an Even Burn Every Time
Plus, how to fix a too-short wick.
A burning candle can make a cozy addition to your home; it can bring a touch of romantic lighting and fill your space with your favorite fragrance. And while it’s arguably the simplest piece of décor to add to a room, it does need a little care of its own from time to time—and that starts with trimming the wick, which ensures the cleanest, longest, and most fragrant burn from each of your candles.
Reese’s Cups Are the Most Popular Halloween Candy in America—See Your State’s Favorite on This Handy Map
Consumers are expected to spend $3.1 billion on Halloween candy nationwide this year.
October is officially here, which means many of us across the country have one thing on our minds: Halloween. While you still have plenty of time to plan out your costume, it’s not too early to start stocking up on candy. Give trick-or-treaters their most spell-binding All Hallows’ Eve yet by selecting a few crowd favorite snacks. To help, candystore.com put together a map (see above) and list of the most popular Halloween candy by state, so you can get a better understanding of what the little ghouls and goblins in your area are craving most.
To obtain their findings, the company looked at 15 years of Halloween candy sales nationwide to create its interactive map of each state’s favorite haunting treat. After examining the data, researchers found that Reese’s Cups reign supreme—the chocolate peanut butter treat took the top spot in five states, including California, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Wyoming.
Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert Cut Hair In Video Showing Solidarity For Iranian Women
More than 50 French female artists from the worlds of cinema and music have symbolically cut their hair in a video campaign showing support for the ongoing protests in Iran calling for more freedom for women following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.
French actresses Isabelle Adjani, Berenice Bejo, Juliette Binoche, Laure Calamy, Marion Cotillard, Julie Gayet, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Isabelle Huppert and Alexandra Lamy were among those sharing images of themselves cutting off their hair.
Amini died in police custody on September 16 after being arrested for not wearing her hijab properly in accordance with the country’s strict religious laws and allowing some locks of hair to escape.
20 Best Books by Native American Authors to Add to Your Bookshelf
Right this way for the greatest contemporary literature from Indigenous Americans.
Just like every cultural perspective, the Native American experience isn’t a monolith and neither is literature written by Native and Indigenous authors. Even the appropriate terminology can differ depending on the individual experience. While many refer to Native people as Native American, the National Museum of the American Indian notes that it’s best to use the individual tribal name, when possible. In the United States, Native American is the most common term (and as such, is the one we use here), but many Native people prefer the terms American Indian or Indigenous American.
Not that we need a reason to support these authors, but Native American Heritage Month in November is a great time to recommit to diversifying our bookshelves. Also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, it’s a chance to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories, and important contributions of Native people. It’s also an opportunity to help raise awareness about the unique challenges the population has faced both throughout history and continue to today.
Eager Austen fan snaps up Emma first edition for record-breaking £375,000
Bearing a handwritten message ‘from the author’, the copy of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel attracted the highest price of any printed work by the author
From Bridgerton to The Gilded Age, 21st-century audiences are smitten with all things period drama. Now, a devoted Jane Austen fan has paid a record sum for a signed first edition of Emma, which is set to go on display at Hampshire’s Chawton House.
Sold for a record-breaking £375,000 – the highest price ever fetched for a printed work by Austen – the copy of the 1815 classic bears a handwritten message inside, with the words, ‘From the author’. The note wasn’t actually penned by Austen herself, but was inscribed by the publisher at her request (as was customary at the time – it’s not thought Austen personally signed any of her works).
Overlooked No More: Maria Orosa, Inventor of Banana Ketchup
As a food scientist, she sought to reduce the Philippines’ dependence on imported food, pioneering new ways to use local products. And that was before she became a war hero.
Bright red, slightly sweet, slightly tangy, a popular Philippine condiment that’s almost like the real thing: It’s banana ketchup.
Its creator, Maria Orosa, was an innovative food scientist and Filipino nationalist who pioneered methods of canning and preserving native fruits, intent on making her country self-sufficient in food production.
She later turned her skills to feeding the guerrillas fighting the Japanese occupation during World War II and smuggling food to starving American and Filipino prisoners of war, leading some to consider her a war hero.
How to Time Your Leaf-Peeping Trip This Fall
From New England to California, and points in between, the symphony of colors that accompanies the arrival of a snap in the air is playing out differently in 2022.
Planning a pilgrimage to enjoy the brilliant fall leaves will be trickier this year.
Months of record-breaking drought in the Northeast have deprived trees of water, and in the West, nearly 100 large fires have swept a path of destruction across seven states.
From California to Oklahoma to Maine, the symphony of colors that accompanies the arrival of a snap in the air is playing out differently in 2022. But leaf-peepers need not despair. Those looking to feast their eyes on the vibrant foliage of fall will have plenty to savor this year, as long as they plan it right.
Loretta Lynn Didn’t Pretty Things Up
The country star sang about desire, cheating, heartache and righteous revenge in three-minute vignettes that depicted lives she knew and understood.
Lynn was the coal miner’s daughter who kept her Kentucky drawl and remembered clearly what it was like growing up poor in Butcher Holler. She was a loyal wife but hardly a doormat. Drawing on the experiences of the turbulent 48-year marriage that she began in her teens, she sang about desire, cheating, heartache and righteous revenge. With anger and just a hint of humor, she set strict boundaries for both her husband and any would-be rivals in songs like “Don’t Come Home a-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “Your Squaw Is on the Warpath,” “Fist City” and “You Ain’t Woman Enough.”
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