T LOunge for November 29th, 2022

Posted on November 29, 2022

Oak Whisky Bar – Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

 

Let’s meet up in a dark, moody sort of LOunge today. Not because we’re feeling moody ourselves, but because we could use the slight respite during this lull between holidays. Let’s shut out the sun and any agendas or to-do lists we might have started compiling for the day. Let’s do nothing together. It’s TUESDAY, after all; the International Day of Doing Nothing.

 

The Radical Hope of Patti Smith
As the artist, writer, and musician gears up for a new show, she looks back on an astonishing 50-year career and what drives her forward.

Smith’s “state of nothingness” doesn’t mean she’s doing nothing. Quite the opposite. She remains in constant motion throughout the week we spend together in Paris, juggling with focus and intensity her multiple creative projects and their associated press or social obligations. “She’s a restless person. She’s a restless artist,” Smith’s longtime literary agent and close friend, Betsy Lerner, tells me. “She’s always in some physical state of movement. I don’t just mean literally. I just also think, in her mind, she’s just really going fast. That’s a hot brain we’re talking about.”
Smith’s creative impulse also tends to blur or transcend mediums, making her work difficult to classify. “Robert [Mapplethorpe] was always worried because I had so many different ways of expressing myself,” Smith says. “So many vocations, and why couldn’t I stick to one? I just can’t. It’s funny because every once in a while, somebody very nicely says I have all these different ways of expressing myself, I’m a Renaissance woman, but I think more I’m really a jack-of-all-trades.”

 

The Best Classic Movies of All Time
From the Yellow Brick Road to Sunset Boulevard and beyond.

Vintage classics never get old.
Whether our current obsessions are found mingling with rare vintage fashion, vintage-inspired jewelry, or Old Hollywood’s vintage icons, what we call the present remains a mirror for the past. And for us, there’s no better place to celebrate all three in their dazzling heyday than in the best classic movies.
From sweeping, epic romances and fashion-forward gems starring Audrey Hepburn, María Félix, and Diana Ross, to bold and dynamic international classics that boosted their countries’ status on the big screen, the following classic films should be revisited, relished, and revered. Just like the tailored Chanel suit hanging in your closet that’s been passed down for generations.

 

Jessica Grose Wants Moms to Stop Feeling Guilty
The author of Screaming On the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood talks about the impossibility of parenting in the United States today.

American motherhood is a strange thing. The United States both obsesses over mothers—we are the country that made family values into a catchphrase, after all,—and denigrates them. The country consistently ranks at the bottom of developed nations in terms of maternal health and benefits like family and parental leave. Millions of American women live underneath this paradox, and the whiplash it induces can often make the already difficult job of parenting feel unbearable.
Jessica Grose has been covering all these contradictions for years as an opinion writer at The New York Times and in her popular newsletter on parenting for the paper. In her latest book, Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood, Grose outlines how this came to be in America and, crucially, offers real solutions to the current crisis.

 

Christmas at the White House Through the Years
See how the leaders of the free world and their families have decked the halls.

Timeless as they may seem, Christmas trees have not had a place in the White House for as long as you might imagine. For most of the 19th century, first families decorated the president’s residence with low-key greenery—simple wreaths, garlands, and ornaments. President Benjamin Harrison erected the first Christmas tree in the White House in 1889, decorated with candles, toys, and ornaments to delight his grandchildren, but it wasn’t until Cleveland’s presidency that the first Christmas lights appeared in 1894. Take a look at the White House Christmas decorations throughout the last century.

 

Several Original Characters Will Return for the Dirty Dancing Sequel
Nobody puts Baby in a corner. Johnny Castle’s immortal line still holds true more than three decades after Dirty Dancing first hit screens, because a sequel to the classic is coming—and the original film’s leading lady, Jennifer Grey, is going to both star in it and serve as an executive producer. Lionsgate’s CEO, Jon Feltheimer, confirmed the news back in 2020, but now, further details have emerged, including when it’ll arrive in theaters.
Taking the helm is Jonathan Levine, the director of 50/50 and Long Shot, who has also co-written the script with Elizabeth Chomko. “While the original Dirty Dancing has always been one of my favorite films, I never imagined I would direct the sequel,” the former said in a statement. “Through co-writing it, I fell in love with the characters (new and old), the world of 1990s Catskills, New York, and the music, which will range from songs from the original movie to ’90s hip-hop. I can’t wait to collaborate with Jennifer to bring this beautiful story of summer and romance and dancing to a generation of new fans. And to the longtime ones, I promise we will not ruin your childhood. We will tackle the assignment with sophistication, ambition, and, above all, love.”

 

See All of This Year’s White House Holiday Decorations
Jill Biden has decked the halls.
Today, the first lady unveiled the grand holiday decorations at the White House to the public. Corresponding with the theme of “We The People”—the first line of the Constitution—each room is fantastically adorned with holiday accents that reflect the shared traditions of our diverse country. “As our country gathers for the holidays, traditions may vary, but our shared American values—a belief in possibility, optimism, and unity—endure season after season,” the president and first lady wrote in a welcome letter.

 

These Cookies Inspired By Cocktails Go From the Bar to the Cookie Jar
Bake up these holiday cookies based on the flavors of Margaritas, Negronis, Mai Tais, and other classic cocktails.

Celebrate the holiday season with these playful, gift-worthy cookies, each based on the flavor profile of a well-known cocktail. We reached out to 12 of our favorite brilliant bakers to create an arsenal of cookies fit to delight any occasion or connoisseur. From crisp and buttery Margarita Shortbread With Tequila-Lime Glaze to chewy and spiced Cranberry Moscow Mule Gingersnaps, we have you covered with biscotti, meringues, and more. Packed with make-ahead tips, storage suggestions, sparkling sugar, and booze, these recipes are sure to stir up a buzz at your next cookie swap.

 

We Tasted All of the Grocery Store Eggnogs to Find the Best
Maybe you enjoy it dairy-free, or maybe you spike it with brandy. Regardless, we’ve got opinions on the best eggnog money can buy.

Whether you’re for or vehemently against eggnog, a product that easily wins the title of “Most Polarizing Beverage” of the holiday season, there’s no denying that it is — and should be — a personal journey of discovery. To help guide you in that creamy and sweet saga, team Food & Wine tasted as many different cartons as we could find in New York City grocery stores at the start of the holiday season. While this isn’t an exhaustive survey of every eggnog on the market nationwide, we tasted nearly 15 different options that came from brands with wide (and local) distribution. Some were fairly traditional, others flavored, and several fell into the rapidly expanding dairy-free nog category.
Before we dive into our favorites and what we loved about them, let us ask ourselves some fundamental questions: How did eggnog even become a fixture of the holidays? Are there real eggs in it? And, is it even worth drinking it without booze?

 

How Siouxsie Sioux, Bob Fosse and More Inspired ‘Wednesday’s’ Unforgettable Dance Sequence
Is there anything Jenna Ortega can’t do? In the new Netflix series, “Wednesday,” Ortega takes on the role of Wednesday Addams, and as part of her prep process, she had to learn how to play the cello. She also took on the role of a choreographer to execute one of the series’ most memorable moments.
Episode four, titled “Woe What a Night,” sees the students of Nevermore Academy, the school for outcasts, attend the Rave’N dance. Wednesday reluctantly attends with Tyler Galpin (Hunter Doohan). As The Cramps’ “Goo Goo Muck” plays, Wednesday takes to the dance floor and throws out her kookiest of moves.

 

70 Small Kitchen Design Ideas to Maximize Your Square Footage
Find budget-friendly inspiration, whether you’re looking for modern decorations or a full remodel.

Turn your kitchen into your happy place, no matter its size — it’s the heart of the home, after all. From cooking healthy family dinners, sitting around the island with friends to organizing — then reorganizing — your limited cabinet space, you inevitability spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Just because your kitchen is small, doesn’t mean it has to feel small. To help you make the most of your limited space, we’ve rounded up the best small kitchen ideas — whether your design style is modern, traditional or country.
Even if you’re redesigning on a budget, you deserve a kitchen that feels functional and stylish. Make use of every crevice, clear clutter from counters and decorate blank walls. As you explore this photo gallery of small kitchen decorating ideas, you’ll find fast and affordable solutions like hanging mirrors to create the illusion of more space, layering bold hues to brighten an interior and adding shelves to take advantage of vertical space.

 

Stop watching movie trailers
Maybe it’s not the movies that are the problem. Maybe it’s the marketing.

It’s no surprise to me that a discerning, eager movie viewer would see these trailers and decide they don’t want to subject themselves to that kind of Hollywood cheese. But it’s also surprising how many movie trailers just mess up the viewing experience for someone who wants to see the film. I watched both The Lost City (very funny) and Ticket to Paradise (intermittently funny) before I saw their trailers. Why, oh why, would you put all of your film’s best jokes in the trailer? Does that not telegraph immense insecurity on the studio’s part? I guess once they get you in the door, they’ve got your money?

 

How to become a truly excellent gift giver
A great present should have at least one of these three qualities. Here’s what they are.

It’s a special kind of agony to realize, while exchanging gifts with someone, that they got you something way, way better than what you got them. A few years ago, I bought for my partner what I thought was a perfect anniversary gift: a bulk order of astronaut ice cream. In many ways, I nailed it. He loves freeze-dried ice cream, which you rarely see in the wild outside of science museums, and I had gotten a comical number of packages.
This holiday season, I am out for blood, and by blood, I mean really good presents. Is transforming myself into the best gift-giver of all time too much to ask? Probably. In the interest of merely learning how to give better presents, I turned to several experts in the arts of gift-giving and etiquette, who shared their tactics and frameworks for gathering ideas and getting in a creative mindset.

 

Lady Pamela Hicks will share intimate details of her life as lady-in-waiting in memoir offering an ‘unequalled portrait’ of the Queen
My Years With The Queen and Other Stories will be published in April 2023

Lady Pamela Hicks, the Queen’s former lady-in-waiting, has penned a memoir about her experience serving Her Majesty, to be published in April 2023.
Lady Pamela, 93, daughter of Philip’s maternal uncle Lord Mountbatten, was bridesmaid at the 1947 wedding of the then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip (her first cousin), and accompanied the couple on their six-month Commonwealth tour from November 1953 to May 1954.
Her new book, My Years With The Queen and Other Stories, will no doubt offer fascinating insights into what went on behind-the-scenes during some of the most important moments of the Queen’s life, including her wedding and coronation. This will be the third title published by Lady Pamela, following 2007’s India Remembered: A Personal Account of the Mountbattens During the Transfer of Power and Daughter of Empire: Life as a Mountbatten, published in 2012.

 

Fruitcake Is Delicious, and This Recipe Proves It
Claire Saffitz’s version skips the long aging process, baking up in a day, and doubles down on deliciousness.

What would the holidays be without jokes about fruitcake — that it’s leaden, dry and hard, better used as a doorstop or dumbbell than served as dessert?
Every December, fruitcake’s loathsomeness is enshrined on greeting cards and in cartoons. The comedian Johnny Carson famously cracked that there was but one fruitcake in existence that’s passed around continuously from person to person. Fruitcake, in short, is an archetype of bad food.
While it’s arguably appropriate to malign mass-produced fruitcakes — the ones studded with preternaturally green and red glacéed cherries, and topped with shellacked pecan halves — doing so isn’t fair to traditional English fruitcake.

 

Going Local on the Island of St. Lucia
Creole cooking classes, boisterous street parties, a tour of a cacao plantation and visits with islanders preserving local traditions: A traveler explores a more intimate St. Lucia.

For decades, the island’s culture was just an afterthought. An all-inclusive resort might ask local dancers and musicians to perform or invite artisans to sell their crafts or prepare a “Creole Cuisine” night, but the focus was on exposing the guest to a somewhat diluted version of St. Lucian culture instead of inviting visitors to get out and experience the community firsthand.
It was a trend that local business owners, with mounting cynicism, noticed. A holistic approach to tourism that combines both the island’s environmental wonders and Creole culture seemed to be the only solution, and these days, a new tourism minister is leading the charge.

 

9 Unique Christmas Tree Alternatives to Try If You Don’t Want a Traditional Evergreen This Year
In lieu of a traditional fresh (or faux!) tannenbaum, these creative DIY ideas make for stunning holiday-time focal points.

For many, buying a Christmas tree is a tradition no holiday season would be complete without. For others, it’s the most tasking part of the joyful time of year. Its needles splay all over the floor, its trunk requires constant watering, and even its branches can be a nuisance if you have curious pets.
What if we told you there was a way to keep the ethos of a holiday evergreen without committing to the maintenance of a real tree or the price of an artificial version? From wall mounted iterations to wooden dowel designs, there are plenty of Christmas tree alternatives that can serve as the focal point of your holiday décor.
The best part about these DIY tree replacements is that you can create them with friends and family, so the tradition of choosing and decorating your annual evergreen lives on.

 

This Château in France’s Loire Valley Dates Back to the 13th Century — and Just Opened As a Luxury Hotel
Welcome to Château Louise de La Vallière, an opulent, 20-room Relais & Châteaux hotel where the staff dresses in period wear and you can dine on the same dishes King Louis XIV did.

On Oct. 15, 2022, following a meticulous multi-year restoration, the estate opened as an opulent, 20-room Relais & Châteaux hotel offering travelers a glimpse of life during the grand siècle (a.k.a. the 17th century). Taking inspiration from its most notorious guest — the château served as the holiday residence of King Louis XIV’s favorite mistress, Louise de la Vallière — Grebenstein, together with interior designer Jacques Garcia, restored the château to its former glory by masterfully decorating it with period furnishings, paintings, and tapestries. A 17th-century-style dress code for everyone on the hotel’s staff helps sell the ruse.

 

 

 

 

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