Mandarin Bar & Bistrot, Milan
Kittens, let’s all stuff our luxury goods luggage with our fave alta moda pieces, hop on our private jets and meet up in Milan for a night of elegance, style and mystery! Or let’s at least pretend like we’re all going to do that today! Because why? PRETENDING GETS US THROUGH. DENIAL IS HEALTHY. REALITY IS OVERRATED AF.
And on that note, how are we all getting by today? It’s rainy outside, which means fresh air is off the menu for us, but we also don’t want to do any more baking for the moment and we’ve already re-arranged the furniture. The really odd (but understandable given the circumstances) thing is that we went from people who never had a TV on unless one of us was sitting in front of it, to having them on in every area of the loft all day – even in our kitchen. It’s TMC all day in the living room, the Food Network all day in the kitchen, and usually some sort of nature program in the bedroom/office – all with the volume turned way down. We didn’t plan it this way, but the effect is that there’s always some visual stimulation everywhere you look, along with a slight murmur of conversation going on throughout the day. It’s oddly comforting – although literally 99% of what’s on the Food Network is pure garbage. There. We said it.
Anyway, here are the items on today’s Menu of Distractions. Please peruse them and sample them freely.
If you, like some of us, have been struggling to make it through some of your more ambitious reading material — like Middlemarch, In Search of Lost Time, or Journal of a Plague Year especially — it might be time to consider a short story. Sure, they might not give you the sense of accomplishment you’d feel tearing through a tome, but they are economical, transportive vehicles all on their own. And what matters most isn’t what you can accomplish during this time, but whether you can successfully spend a few minutes doing something — anything — but think about our present moment. Below, the Cut staff weigh in on what story collections have been holding our attention.
“The American Nurse” is a heart-warming film that explores some of the biggest issues facing America – aging, war, poverty, prisons – through the work and lives of nurses. It is an examination of real people that will change how we think about nurses and how we wrestle with the challenges of healing America. The American Nurse is an important contribution to America’s ongoing conversation about what it means to care.
We can make digital gatherings meaningful. But it takes work.
Waiting until the event will result in exclusion and frustration. Instead, make it a way to proactively connect the generations ahead of time.
Meanwhile, Cathy and Bill continue to do the work – and look better on Zoom than most of us peasants:
Teachers across the UK are dedicating their time to keeping schools open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge called teachers and school staff at Casterton Primary Academy to thank them for their hard work and dedication. pic.twitter.com/2h9N66O4EP
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 8, 2020
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