The Daily T LOunge for March 20, 2020

Posted on March 20, 2020

Le Pain Français Restaurant, Bar, Café and Tea Room in Gothenburg, Sweden

 

The chairs are comfy, the space is stunning, and everything on the menu is both free and magically non-fattening, kittens! Come sit for a while with your fellow quarantinees and tell us what you’re cooking, reading, watching or just doing to cope.

And while you’re here, please sample from our menu of Frivolities & Time-Wasters:

 

T: The New York Times Style Magazine’s Guide to Staying at Home, and Making the Best of It
Hunkering down in isolation? Keep the stress at bay with a delicious meal, some self-care and a riveting read.

Now that we’re nearly through the work week, and school week, the uncanniness of the current moment has set in. Some European countries — like Spain and Italy — have enforced strict lockdowns while in New York, museums, libraries and restaurants have shut down indefinitely. But “social distancing” — not commuting, not dining out, saying no to that party you really didn’t want to go to anyway — can also open up some unexpected opportunities for those with time on their hands: to try a new recipe, work out from the comfort of your own home, catch up on some reading and tackle any organizing projects you haven’t gotten around to yet. Below, T recommends some activities for riding out the quarantine — whether self-imposed or not — while preserving your sanity and sense of purpose.

 

Where we play just for you
Welcome the Berliner Philharmoniker into your home – on your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone. Live or on-demand from our archive.

Invite the Berliner Philharmoniker into your living room! On your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone. Enjoy great video streamed concerts in high definition and with excellent sound. Each season, around 40 concerts are broadcasted live and they can also be viewed at a later date in the concert archive. The archive already contains hundreds of recordings with all the great artists of classical music. There are also fascinating documentaries and bonus films.

 

How artist Edward Hopper became the poster boy of quarantine culture

Hopper’s recent surge in popularity reflects our current predicament. While we wait for this unwelcome guest “coronavirus” to leave our home, we’ve noticed that the world looks uncannily similar to his trademark paintings, for example, “Automat” (1927), “Nighthawk” (1942), or “Morning Sun” (1952).

 

Soothe Yourselves with These Zoo Livestreams

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., has an assortment of animal cams: You can watch naked mole rats, lions, elephants, and giant pandas in their enclosures. Personally, I like to watch the zoo’s two giant pandas — Tian Tian and Mei Xiang — do their panda thing. For example: when last I checked, one of our compatriots was lounging on a rock pile, utterly unbothered and going absolutely ham on some bamboo. Imagine!

Remember: Keep your chin up, your hair brushed, your back straight, and you will get through this. And by “this,” we mean the next ten minutes, which is all that should be expected of anyone right now.

[Photo Credit: lepainfrancais.se]

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