T LOunge for January 10th, 2023

Posted on January 10, 2023

Quê Em Bar and Restaurant – Helsinki, Finland


Darlings, it’s TUESDAY. We’re so sorry to have to tell you this. The good news is that we can all jet off to Helsinki for the day, which will make a nice change of pace for most of us. We’ll meet you there, okay?


How ‘Elvis’ Costume Designer Catherine Martin Brought the King’s Clothes to the Screen
Bringing a biopic to the big screen involves sifting through a lifetime of minutiae to encapsulate the essence of a person within a manageable runtime. Every choice can be examined under a microscope as though the production were a documentary. In the case of Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis,” Oscar-winning costume designer Catherine Martin — also credited as producer and production designer on the film — knew the line between reality and creative interpretation was of utmost importance.
“It was about trying to get a feeling and trying to tell the story, or our interpretation of the story, as truthfully and respectfully as possible,” says Martin of how the Elvis Presley biopic was shaped. Distilling decades of a famous life into a feature required a lot of storytelling technique that sometimes worked better than facts.


Where Was The Banshees of Inisherin Filmed?
Inisherin isn’t a real place, but two islands off the west coast in Ireland stood in for the small town.

The Banshees of Inisherin is set entirely on a fictional island, Inisherin, off the west coast of Ireland. To create the world of Pádric (Colin Farrel) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), the creative team turned to a few different locations in Ireland.
“Inisherin is a fictional island, so I didn’t want it to be specifically one place. I wanted it to be more mythical,” director Martin McDonagh explained in the film’s production notes. They mainly filmed on two islands located off the west coast of Ireland: Achill Island, the largest Irish island with a population of around 2,500, and Inishmore (also spelled Inis Mór), which has a population of around 760.


Adrienne Kennedy Will Always Tell Stories
After a lifetime of creating groundbreaking theater, Adrienne Kennedy finally made her Broadway debut.

When I was young and obsessed with the challenges that come with living a creative life, there was only one writer who did the kind of work I wanted to do: the playwright Adrienne Kennedy.
I first encountered Kennedy’s work in a Black theater class in college where we read one of her early plays: Funnyhouse of a Negro, alongside Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman. Both works depict how racial violence might be veiled by the rhetoric of assimilation. Kennedy’s plays highlight experiences that had not yet been valorized by dramatic action. No one else captures the absurd and uniquely American ways that racial tensions can impinge on one’s sense of personal security, masterfully depicting characters in moments of crimping suspension, caught in the pinch between frustration and rage, where one tries to decipher if they are powerful or powerless.


Why Insiders Say Prince Harry May Have Crossed a Palace Red Line with Latest Interview
During an explosive 90-minute interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby that aired Sunday, Harry doubled down on accusations that the royal family and British press drove him and Meghan Markle out of Britain.

On Saturday, sources close to the royal family expressed their shock at Harry’s book and interview saying, “He is on a path of self-destruction. There is so much vengeance. The late Queen would have been absolutely devastated.” They added that any reconciliation appears unlikely in the short term.
Perhaps the most crushing attack however was on the Queen Consort, who Harry accused of leaking stories and seeking marriage to Charles and ultimately the Crown. While Harry maintained he was ultimately happy that Camilla married his father, he suggested his stepmother planted stories in the press, saying, “Certain members have got in bed with the devil to rehabilitate their image, but that rehabilitation has come at the detriment of others.”
According to a close friend of Queen Consort Camilla, she has been left “just astounded by the whole thing.”


Katie Couric on Battling Disordered Eating, the Toxic Effects of Diet Culture, and Reframing New Year’s Resolutions
In her 2021 memoir Going There, the esteemed journalist shared her own struggles with bulimia, and last year she became an investor and advisor for Equip, a forward-thinking telehealth company aiming to reinvent how we treat eating disorders. This a vital resource considering that nearly 30 million Americans will be affected by an eating disorder in their lifetime, and only 20% of them will ever get treatment for it. (Less than 6% of those treatments actually end up working.) During the forced isolation of the pandemic, the situation became more dire: There was a 70% increase in reported eating disorders, which already have the second-highest mortality rate among mental illnesses. Here, Couric and Erin Parks, a clinical psychologist and cofounder of Equip, speak with Vogue about “new year, new you” messaging; how the wellness industry can be a façade for diet culture; and some tools you can use to cope.


Is Camilla the Villain Once Again?
Long cast as the notorious third member of Princess Diana and then-Prince Charles’s marriage, over the decades Camilla was slowly but ultimately embraced by the Queen and the royal family as King Charles’s “person,” as Prince Harry put it with a smirk on 60 Minutes. Yet Camilla finds herself under fire yet again, in a version of the fairy tale archetype of the wicked stepmother. In Spare, Prince Harry accuses her of bargaining with the British tabloid media at his expense as part of her quest to shed her “other woman” reputation and be seen as a legitimate royal wife.


Nobel-Winning Scientist Says He Found a Cheaper Way to Make Pasta — and Chefs Are Mad
Whose side are you on?

Giorgio Parisi, an Italian theoretical physicist and professor at Sapienza University, has studied some of the universe’s most complex problems. He even won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics for his “discovery of the interplay of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems.” He also happens to be an enthusiastic amateur chef who enjoys the “theoretical and experimental part” of meal prep.
So when Parisi explained a more energy-efficient method of cooking pasta on his Facebook page, he may have thought it was just another interesting observation about the world. Instead, Parisi launched a country-wide controversy and found himself being criticized by some of Italy’s top chefs.


I Remember My Mother With Love, Carrot Sticks, and a Crappy Bowl of Spaghetti
When my mother died during the pandemic we couldn’t gather to say goodbye. So I made a meal I knew would have made her smile.

I wish you could have seen my mother eat spaghetti. Not watch her cook, to be clear. This wasn’t some sacred Strega Nona cucina rite or anything so precious. This was brute force boil and dump –– shake on a layer of sawdust cheese from a green cardboard can, and jam a fork in to bulldoze down to the bare plate. My god, could she shovel it in: a mound, a hill, a Mont Blanc of boxed pasta and jarred Ragu heaped high and edge to edge on a Corningware dinner plate like a holy intention she’d set for herself to scale. She’d take a breath from time to time, a sip of instant iced tea, maybe the textural respite of an iceberg and tomato wedge salad or the glass of carrot sticks that was as inevitable on our dinner table as death and Christmas, but she always made the summit. I was in awe every time.


How ShadowMachine Worked With Guillermo del Toro to Bring ‘Pinocchio’ to Life
For Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico, co-founders of ShadowMachine, a boutique animation studio and production house, work on “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” began a decade ago as some of the first concept art was being created.
“We were first introduced to Guillermo del Toro through Lisa Henson back in 2012,” says Bulkley. “At that point, obviously, we were years away from actually making it, but it allowed for us to start building relationships with [animation house] Mackinnon & Saunders in the U.K. and [co-helmer] Mark Gustafson. By the time we actually were greenlit through Netflix, we had a good idea of what Guillermo wanted to do, which is innovate stop motion by way of a grounded world. What’s amazing about working with Guillermo, as well as Mark, is they have such a clear point of view on what the storytelling is. It allowed the artists that we assembled for this film to really do their best work in executing that vision.”


From The Whimsical To The Truly Decadent, 24 Of The Best Afternoon Teas In London
More than 150 years after the seventh Duchess of Bedford began serving a meal between lunch and dinner, the best afternoon tea in London is still difficult to narrow down. Naturally, there’s no shortage of traditional options, which take their cue from her preferred menu: scones with lashings of jam and cream; cucumber finger sandwiches; trays of pastries and cakes; and pot after pot of Darjeeling and Earl Grey. Tempted? Dress for the occasion and head to The Ritz to dine in the lavish original ballroom or savour treats in the spectacular Thames Foyer of The Savoy.
Equally appealing, however, are the more whimsical places that also deserve a place on any list of the best afternoon teas in London. Take Theatre Royal Drury Lane’s swoon-worthy offering, where elaborately-decorated slices of cake come topped with chocolate cherubs alongside unctuous sausage rolls instead of sandwiches. Or, for a cocktail-drenched outing, head to Lyaness at Sea Containers London, where legendary mixologist Mr Lyan pairs melon-infused gimlets with coconut panna cotta. Read on for Vogue’s definitive guide to the best afternoon tea in London.


The Real Reason Why We Give Red Roses on Valentine’s Day
The rose’s meaning stems from the Victorian era, when floral bouquets studded with these blooms were used to deliver a message to love interests.

Valentine’s Day is a holiday all about honoring the loved ones in your life. Many choose to show their appreciation by exchanging chocolates, cards, and roses—one of the holiday’s biggest motifs. But have you ever wondered why the rose is such a popular Valentine’s Day flower? As it turns out, there are a variety of reasons why it’s a staple come February 14.


What Is Agave Syrup? Here’s How to Use This Vegan Sweetener in Your Recipes, According to Experts
Plus, find out if it’s better for you than white sugar (and learn how to swap one for the other).

When you hear the word “agave,” what comes to mind? If you’re like most folks, it probably sparks images of large, spiky plants and, of course, tequila. But if you’ve browsed the sugar aisle at the supermarket or enjoy making vegan recipes, you might also think of agave syrup. The liquid sweetener is golden, viscous, and looks like a lot like honey—but it’s actually quite different. Here, experts explain how and when to use agave syrup, plus whether or not it’s better for you than white sugar.


The most influential ‘nepo babies’ throughout history, from the Borgias to the the British prime minister that likely inspired the phrase ‘Bob’s your uncle’
Nepotism sparked a debate after Vulture highlighted a number of “nepo babies” in the entertainment industry.
The term derives from the Latin root, “nepos,” meaning nephew, originating from popes granting their nephews high-ranking positions.
Here are some of the most influential “nepo babies” throughout history, from Pericles to Robert F. Kennedy.


Why More and More People Are Wearing Makeup While Giving Birth
Full glam? For a C-section? TikTok says yes, absolutely.

One might assume that going full-glam would be the last thing on someone’s mind as they bring a human life into this world. But it’s even more common than you (and definitely I) might think — and it’s growing in popularity (again). Thanks to everyone’s favorite source of information and inspiration — TikTok — a trend that it would have been fair to assume was dead seems to be on the rise again: birthing makeup.
Birthing makeup is exactly what it sounds like, and it’s not a totally new concept. (You can’t blame social media for everything.) It wasn’t uncommon in the 1950s and early 1960s as housewife culture motivated women to look completely “done up” in everything they do.


Kate Winslet Goes Viral With Sweet Video Of Star Empowering Nervous Young Journalist Conducting First Interview
Kate Winslet empowered a young journalist conducting her first interview and the video of the moment has now gone viral.
In the clip that has been viewed thousands of times on social media, the Avatar: The Way of Water star sat down for an interview with a kid that admitted she was a little anxious.
“It’s my first time,” said the interviewer.
Winslet leaned forward and said, “This is your first time doing it? OK, well, guess what. When we do this interview, it’s going to be the most amazing interview ever. And do you know why? Because we’ve decided that it is going to be.”


Has Prince Harry’s Confessional Tour Run Its Course?
Even in the United States, which has a high tolerance for redemptive stories about overcoming trauma and family dysfunction, the tide seems to be turning.

Harry and Meghan still have many sympathizers, particularly those who see the couple’s grievances through the lens of the racism Meghan encountered in Britain and who say that she — and Harry, once he married her — never stood a chance in such a stultified, reactionary institution as the monarchy.
But something has changed, judging from the response so far. Even in the United States, which has a soft spot for royals in exile and a generally higher tolerance than Britain does for redemptive stories about overcoming trauma and family dysfunction, there is a sense that there are only so many revelations the public can stomach.


Think Screens Stole Our Attention? Medieval Monks Were Distracted Too.
In “The Wandering Mind,” the historian Jamie Kreiner shows that the struggle to focus is not just a digital-age blight but afflicted even those who spent their lives in seclusion and prayer.

Kreiner, a historian at the University of Georgia, organizes the book around the various sources of distraction that a Christian monk had to face, from “the world” to the smaller “community,” all the way down to “memory” and the “mind.” Abandoning the familiar and profane was only the first step in what would turn out to be an unrelenting process — though as Kreiner explains, many monks continued to reside at home, committing themselves to lives of renunciation and prayer. For the monks who did leave, there were any number of possibilities beyond the confines of a monastery, which could pose its own distractions. Caves and deserts were obvious alternatives. Macedonius “the Pit” was partial to holes in the ground. Frange dwelled in a pharaoh’s tomb. Simeon, a “stylite,” lived on top of a pillar.


I Visited Some of Europe’s Most Charming Spa Towns by Train — Here’s What It Was Like
The European Route of Historic Thermal Towns offers a dreamy train adventure like no other.

As I gaze out the window at perfectly straight rows of green vines rising up the gently rolling hills, I picture knights on horseback riding toward the medieval castles at the top and towering over the Rhine River. I’m sitting in a comfortable seat on a train at a table across from travel companions — a small group of journalists — when a waiter stops by, asking if we’d like something to eat or drink. A cold beer and hot chili arrive a few minutes later. This is so much better than being in an uncomfortable airplane seat, staring at the clouds after waiting in multiple lines, emptying electronics from my backpack, dumping my water, and removing my coat and shoes. On top of it, the train I’m traveling on is releasing significantly fewer carbon emissions. Though taking more time to arrive at my destinations, it’s much easier to get to small, historic towns that aren’t readily accessible by airplanes.
I’m traveling along a small portion of the European Route of Historic Thermal Towns, one of more than 45 routes certified by the Council of Europe.




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