T LOunge for November 30th, 2022

Posted on November 30, 2022

Mama Yo Bar and Restaurant – Dublin, Ireland

 

Let’s go somewhere outdoorsy while staying firmly inside today, yes? It’s WEDNESDAY and we feel like shutting out the world for a bit. Join us, won’t you? We have so much to discuss and all the nibblies and drinks are free.

 

Ancient or Fake? The Mystery of a Maya Book
Cracking the mystery of the oldest surviving pre-Hispanic book produced in the Americas

In 1965, wealthy Mexican antiquities collector Josué Sáenz Treviño acquired what he claimed was an ancient Maya codex found in a cave in southern Mexico—resulting in 50 years of academic debate.
The story of how Sáenz acquired the book was fantastical: he was flown to a remote airstrip in the foothills of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, where looters showed him recently unearthed Maya treasures from a dry cave in a secret location. One of those items was the codex, now called Códice Maya de México.
If Sáenz’s story was to be believed, it was a rare and exciting find. From about 300 BCE to the end of the 16th century, the Maya had a rich recorded history. On folded paper manuscripts called codices, they devised calendars, calculated the movement of planets and stars, and recorded historical and religious information. Unfortunately, most of these documents were burned by Spanish colonizers, who considered them a threat to their campaign to spread Christianity and the Spanish language.

 

The Orient Express Just Revealed the Design for Its Stunning Presidential Suite
Accor is reviving the original Orient Express carriages, with the train set to hit the rails in 2025. The hospitality group just offered slow travel enthusiasts a sneak peek into the train’s Presidential Suite ahead of an immersive exhibit at Design Miami.

If you’re keeping an eye on all things luxury train travel, then you’ve probably heard that the Accor hospitality group is reviving 17 of the original Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express carriages after discovering them in Poland. The company commissioned French interior designer Maxime d’Angeac to bring the train back to its former glory. And after unveiling the sumptuous designs for the bar, restaurant, suites, and corridors earlier this year, Accor today released a look at the interiors of the Presidential Suite.

 

Does the World Still Need Pinup Girls?
Precious Lee, EmRata, and Ashley Graham say “100 percent.”

Glamour is a weapon and Precious Lee knows it. She’s sitting under a giant bronze crossbow wearing a Thom Browne blazer with a custom satin bodice, which adds to the whoa of it all. We’re in a 16th-century game lodge—the kind of place where you could play a convincing game of Bodies, Bodies, Bodies in the dark—talking about her latest gig as a Pirelli calendar model. “This is extreme,” she laughs. “This is someone’s extra castle—not even their main castle! Like a spare castle, just for hunting! And we’re surrounded by these beautiful, dangerous things. But that’s fashion. We love a theme.”
It is a risky time to be a pinup girl, even one armed with the charisma and beauty of Ms. Lee. OnlyFans and thirst traps have cornered a large part of the Hot Girl Economy. A corset resurgence is pushing lingerie further into the dual language of constraint and consent. And when fashion says, “Let’s be bombshells,” the decision requires a thumping chant of “Being hot is feminist!” so insistent, it can border on virtual signaling. Indeed, Pirelli’s own press junket channels Notting Hill, except reporters keep asking famous models about “female empowerment” instead of Julia Roberts adventuring through space.

 

Queen Camilla Breaks Royal Tradition by Appointing 6 Friends as Her “Queen’s Companions”
The queen consort’s move is an attempt to modernize the monarchy.

Camilla is breaking royal tradition now that she is queen consort. In an attempt to appear more modern, she has not appointed any ladies in waiting, BAZAAR.com understands. Instead, a Buckingham Palace source reveals the queen consort has appointed six of her closest friends to become her “queen’s companions,” a new role created by the senior royal. Though the position is similar to the traditional role of a lady-in-waiting, the source explains that none of the women will carry out administrational responsibilities or deal with official correspondence (something Queen Elizabeth II had her ladies in waiting do).

 

Vogue Spends 24 Hours With Rita Ora and Taika Waititi in Düsseldorf
Earlier this month, Taika Waititi and Rita Ora were the hosts of the MTV European Music Awards in Düsseldorf, Germany—and while you’d think that the couple would be busy enough with their live hosting obligations that week, they also squeezed in a full day with Vogue in the European city just ahead of it. On our eventful agenda? A visit with the mayor, fashion fittings, and a taste of the local cuisine, of course.
Waititi and Ora started their morning with a visit to Düsseldorf mayor Stephan Keller’s office at Old Town Hall. “Has anyone ever said that you look like Bryan Cranston,” Waititi told Keller upon meeting. Then, the pair signed the city’s “golden book,” which has also been signed by prominent visitors such as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

 

Jeanna Kadlec’s Debut Memoir, Heretic, Is a Harrowing Yet Hopeful Tale of Leaving Evangelicalism
Leaving a marriage is rarely easy, even under the best of circumstances; leaving a marriage that was all but ordained for you by your close-knit evangelical community once you’ve realized that you’re queer—as writer Jeanna Kadlec recalls doing in her new memoir, Heretic—is even harder.
Heretic expertly blends Kadlec’s lifelong experience of loving, being harmed by, and ultimately leaving the evangelical church with a carefully researched investigation into the power that evangelicalism holds in everything from US politics to pop culture. And as if the demands of a press tour for a debut author weren’t enough, Kadlec has also been active in supporting the HarperCollins Union strike that is currently ongoing, even while knowing that doing so could affect the sales of her book as a HarperCollins author.

 

Kensington Palace Unveiled Its 25-foot Christmas Tree
The royals have kicked off the holiday decorating season.

There’s a lot of debate among holiday decorators over when, exactly, Christmas trees should start going up. Some (Americans at least) say that any time after Thanksgiving is fair game, while others insist that the festive season doesn’t properly begin until December 1, and still others say that the classic evergreen should only get dressed up closer to the end-of-month holiday. However, the royal family has been weighing in recently, and it’s clear which camp they’re in.
Today, Historic Royal Palaces, the charitable organization that manages historic British properties like the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace, unveiled Kensington Palace’s Christmas tree on social media.

 

Here’s Everything Coming to Netflix in December 2022
Cozy season is officially upon us, which means it’s high time to be entertained by a whole new crop of movie and TV offerings. Luckily, that’s exactly what Netflix is bestowing upon us this holiday season; below, find everything that’s hitting the streaming service in December.

 

If You Love Campari, Here are 8 Red Bitter Liqueurs to Try Next
Aperitivo hour is full of possibilities.

As the ingredients that make or break crowd-favorite cocktails like the Negroni, the Boulevardier, and the essential summer spritz, red bitter aperitifs may just be your favorite style of liqueurs without you knowing it. It’s unclear when the first-ever red aperitivo was invented, but its roots can be traced back to 18th century Italy, where it was initially consumed as a medicine. It quickly gained popularity as a refreshing beverage, valued for its bittersweet flavor and low alcohol level. People sipped it straight at first, then gradually experimented by topping it with prosecco and soda water for a spritz, or stirring it with something a little more boozy. But in Italy, it’s still most commonly served as a pre-meal ritual to prepare one’s palate, also known as “aperitivo hour.” Despite its Italian heritage, bittersweet liqueurs are now produced by many countries, “Bitter liqueurs are a tradition with a rich history in other European countries like France and Germany,” says Brad Thomas Parsons, author of James Beard award-winning books Bitters and Amaro. “You’ll find many styles under the umbrella of amaro, from lighter aperitivo style to vino amaro to alpino, carciofo, and rabarbaro.”

 

You Can Eat 150 Years of Italian History on the Shores of Lake Como
Mistral chef Ettore Bocchia is cooking a tasting menu that riffs on a century and a half of Italian culinary history, drawing from his own archival research.

It’s hard to imagine a time before Italian cuisine became a global force, winning over the world with pasta and pizza. Would we even recognize the techniques, textures, and ingredients of regional Italian cooking over a century ago, let alone find it pleasing? Chef Ettore Bocchia, one of Italy’s most renowned chefs, has been mulling over these questions while developing a new menu at his acclaimed restaurant Mistral, located inside of Lake Como’s Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2023.

 

Crown to couture: a fascinating new fashion exhibition is coming to Kensington Palace
Spanning historic royal costume to contemporary red-carpet creations

Red-carpet couture and historic royal fashion will collide next spring in a fascinating new exhibition at Kensington Palace. Entitled Crown to Couture, the installation will feature everything from a Met Gala gown worn by Lizzo to glittering regal dresses worn at 18th century Georgian court.
The palace, itself famously a stage for historic royal fashion, will open up the doors to its beautiful state apartment rooms, in which visitors will find more than 200 objects on display, including a whole host of dazzling dresses and gilded gowns. The exhibition will follow everything from the preparation and styling required for certain events, as well as the ‘fashion rules’ that must be followed, to the final grand arrivals at both royal court and the red carpet. Ticket-holders will learn the lengths that stars and royals go to to get noticed, as well as the more subtle messages that clothing can deliver, and discover sources of design inspiration for designers and couturiers.

 

‘Gaslighting’ Is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year
Designed as a way to keep up with the ever-growing and evolving nature of the English language as well as a reflection of the times and the current cultural moment, Merriam-Webster’s annual word of the year can often say a lot about where we presently stand as a society. Started in 2003 and determined by the site’s most-searched words and a voter poll, past “words of the year” have included the likes of the Stephen Colbert-coined buzzword “truthiness,” the now-outdated internet slang “w00t” and, in recent years, timely terms such as “pandemic” and “vaccine.” But what does it say about our current state of affairs that this year’s entry into the illustrious list is “gaslighting?”
Per Merriam-Webster, “gaslighting” is defined as “the act or practice of grossly misleading someone, especially for one’s own advantage,” often through the use of manipulative tactics that make others believe they’re in the wrong in service to a fabricated version of reality. The word is ascribed to an emotionally abusive type of manipulation that, in the medical world, has been used to minimize issues that have particularly impacted women, Black people, and people of color. Merriam-Webster reports that searches for “gaslighting” increased by 1740% this year.

 

How Emma Corrin Was Empowered by the ‘Masculine’ Costumes for ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’
The nearly hundred-year-old source material for “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” once roused calls for censorship worldwide. DH Lawrence’s novel, and now the new film (in theaters and streaming on Netflix Dec. 2) explores themes of class, relationships and sexual pleasure while remaining grounded in the time period of 1920s England.
Costume designer Emma Fryer had much to consider during her creative process: the changing seasons, the locales (London as well as the countryside), and the characters’ actual and symbolic journeys.
Clifford Chatterley (Matthew Duckett) and Connie (Emma Corrin) marry early in the film. Connie’s wedding dress underwent quite an evolution during Fryer’s preproduction preparation, starting as a period costume and eventually becoming a less structured piece from the label Needle and Thread.

 

I’m A Newly-Qualified Nurse And I Love My Job. But I Was Burnt Out Within 8 Months
Nurses have voted to strike because something needs to change. We need a pay rise and we need more staff. My heart is with my patients – they need there to be more of us. During the pandemic, nurses were recognised. We were seen as important, essential workers. We thought we’d finally had a breakthrough. We were promised all these things and then they just didn’t happen. Now, we’re just angry. We’re frustrated and hurt. I think that’s why so many nurses have voted to strike – there’s a big push for change now.
Things in the NHS are going to get worse and worse, and I can’t bear to see my patients suffer. I’m a nurse in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), so I look after babies who are poorly. They’re the most precious things in the world. I will run around like a headless chicken and be absolutely exhausted in order to look after them, but none of us can do that forever.

 

Yam Karkai’s Illustrations Made Her an N.F.T. Sensation. Now What?
World of Women confronts the limits of selling cartoon avatars on the blockchain after the crypto bubble burst.

N.F.T.s have been likened to works of art, to trading cards, to investment vehicles, and to virtual streetwear. In general terms, an N.F.T. is a permanent digital record of ownership—that is, an entry in a decentralized public ledger, called a blockchain, saying that someone owns something. Very often, the thing in question is a jpeg image, purchased with cryptocurrency. In the breathless days of early 2021, twenty months before the spectacular implosion of the crypto exchange FTX threw the entire sector into crisis, N.F.T.s were trading at a rate that inspired comparisons to tulip mania. Jack Dorsey, a co-founder of Twitter, made an N.F.T. of his first tweet and sold it for the equivalent of more than $2.9 million. N.F.T.s were the stuff—along with cryptocurrencies, other blockchain applications, and the metaverse—of a hypothetical future Internet that tech evangelists had newly branded “web3.”

 

Are Portia’s Outfits On The White Lotus Good Or Bad?
At the beginning of last night’s episode of The White Lotus, Tanya McQuoid (Jennifer Coolidge) calls her Gen-Z assistant Portia (Haley Lu Richardson) with an invite to go to Palermo on their new friends’ yacht. “You’ll need to pack some cute things. Do you have cute things?” Tanya asks. “Yes,” Portia responds. That is debatable.
Over the past few weeks, Portia’s style has quickly become one of the show’s most hotly-debated topics, notably on Twitter. (Seriously, search “Portia White Lotus” and you’ll find nothing but critique.) Meanwhile, no outfits have sparked this much contentious discussion among Vogue’s fashion news team this year.

 

Andy Warhol’s portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II has set an auction record, selling for almost $900,000
One of Andy Warhol’s renowned portraits of the late Queen Elizabeth II has sold for almost $900,000 — a record sum for an editioned print ever auctioned, Canada’s Heffel Fine Art Auction House announced Thursday.
The print — dubbed the “crown jewel” of the sale by Heffel — was sold at the gallery’s Post War and Contemporary Art auction for more than twice the estimated sale price of roughly $405,000.
Created in 1985, the silkscreen print of the late monarch is based on a photograph shot by Peter Grugeon at Windsor Castle in 1975, which was subsequently published in 1977, on the occasion of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. The print is one of four in Warhol’s 1985 Reigning Queen series, per The Art Newspaper.

 

50 Greatest Animated Movies of All Time, From Classics to Recent Films
These popular flicks prove animation means there are no limitations.

With animation, anything goes. Filmmakers are not bound by the physical laws of the Earth, so their characters can do incredible things. Actually, they’re not bound by Earth at all, so animated films can take audiences to worlds that can only be imagined. And, as technology catches up to artistic ambition, animated movies are only getting easier to make, and more plentiful. Really, the sky’s the limit.
So, when you’re looking to throw on a movie that you can watch with kids, it makes sense to reach for something animated. But which ones? These are the 50 best animated movies to watch with your family. Some rank up there with the best kids’ movies of all time, animated or not. Some are toddler-friendly movies that can appeal to the littlest viewers, while others have sophisticated jokes aimed squarely at tweens and teens (and maybe even adults). Some are stop-motion, making use of a painstaking medium, some are hand-drawn and others make use of the most up-to-date technology. All of them offer a world of bright colors, cool designs and stories that are super entertaining.

 

 

 

 

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