Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals, London
It’s Monday and instead of a dramatically lit swanky bar, we figured you could all use a room full of sun, flowers, and comfy chairs. Let’s start day-drinking, darlings! We have a semi-full slate of content to throw your way today, but while we’re putting that together for you, please peruse our Daily Menu of Time-Wasters & Frivolities:
For those yet to encounter MUBI, it is a world away from Netflix: each day, their team hand-picks a new film which is then available to watch for 30 days. With films spanning from little-known treasures of cinema past to contemporary indies, the curated list takes away the need for the endless scrolling encountered on other streaming services.
Other independent bookstore managers and owners agree. “We are community oriented (both locally and with the book community at large) and with the libraries and schools closed we are making an effort to make it as easy as possible to get books from us,” wrote Steve Saladino, manager of Skylight Books, a Los Angeles bookstore, in an email. “We are offering free Media Mail rate shipping on all book orders. These orders can be placed on our website or over the phone. We are also providing curbside pick-up for orders or purchases over the phone.”
For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.
It’s that easy.
For nine hours on Saturday night, D-Nice oversaw a spectacle that was part dance party, part social-media therapy, and a health-policy initiative cleverer than anything the government has put together. Chaka Khan showed up. Lenny Kravitz was there. So were Diddy, Timbaland, Alicia Keys, Ava DuVernay, MC Lyte, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Jamie Foxx, and Kerry Washington. Michelle Obama popped in for a minute and caused a record skip as D-Nice froze, trying to decide what to play for the former flotus—he went with a Beyoncé set. The virtual party, broadcast over Instagram Live, featured a simple Webcam shot of D-Nice—bopping in a white T-shirt, wire-framed glasses, and a rotating array of wide-brimmed hats—standing at his digital d.j. setup in Los Angeles and curating sets of classic R. & B., soul, old-school hip-hop, dance music, nineties pop, and the occasional salsa or Afrobeat offering. Somewhere in the fifth hour, Mark Zuckerberg dropped in like a club owner swinging by to check out the revenues before heading home for the night. Like any great impresario, Jones made sure his audience knew why it wanted to be there: hyping his next set, shouting out friends and new celebrity arrivals. In between, he offered the occasional public-health gem of the corona era: “Wash your hands!” and “We’re in Club Quarantine, but we ain’t gonna let corona stop us!”
And finally, some lovely and soothing things from that bastion of the lovely and soothing, twitter:
To comply with Social Distancing, got up at 6 O’clock this morning for a short walk. It was one of the most colourful mornings in Galway! pic.twitter.com/zRTy3p6h8W
— Chaosheng Zhang – ISEH 2021 (@ZhangChaosheng) March 23, 2020
— Andrew Brooks (@AndrewPBrooks) March 22, 2020
Spain is deploying its army to help manage their coronavirus outbreak and not to be insensitive at an anxiety-inducing time but uh… I think I speak for all New Yorkers when I say, Spain, hi, can you deploy some of that in our direction? We will comply with your orders. pic.twitter.com/LyxIPsGu3g
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) March 22, 2020
So. How are we all doing today? What are we all doing today?
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