The Daily T LOunge for May 12, 2020

Posted on May 12, 2020

Liòn Bar, Rome, Italy


Ciao, darlings! Let’s make like Betty Draper on her Rome trip and live la dolce vita – if only for a few moments, inside our heads. The vibe of today’s lounge is STIMULATION, so that’s the energy we’re going to take into our day today. We have work projects (book promotion/magazine article/book proposal/advertising & tech stuff/podcast research – it’s not all typing captions under pretty pictures, kittens), but we think we might take a couple breaks from them today and do something to electrify the brain cells a little. Will we start that painting project? Finish that sewing project? Return to that crossword or puzzle? Who knows? We have decided that the day is wide open to us and all our possibilities are on the table.

But there’s an equal likelihood that we’ll just eat and binge-watch today. Like we said, who knows? It’s all good.

Today is TUESDAY, by the way. Would you like to see the specials on our Menu of Distractions? We knew you would:


What to Do With 50 Pounds of Potatoes? The Quandaries of Bulk Buying
The pandemic has turned many cooks into big-volume shoppers, and left them puzzling out how to manage a bursting pantry of ingredients.


For the Public Library, Martha Graham Is the Missing Link
The library has acquired Graham’s archive, filling a significant gap in the story of early modern dance in America.
When Linda Murray became the curator of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts in 2015, that was her No. 1 question.
She meant Martha Graham, though in dance circles — and even beyond — this choreographer, who transformed modern American art, requires no last name. Last month, her company, the oldest in the country, celebrated its 94th anniversary. On Monday, her birthday, the library announced that it had acquired her archive.
“For the dance division, it really was the only significant gap left that we had in telling the story of early American modern dance,” Ms. Murray said. “We’ve had material belonging to Martha Graham in the archive for a very long time, but Martha herself, throughout her lifetime, had always said that she didn’t want there to be an archive.”


Happy Birthday, Mr. Valentino! Hamish Bowles Pays Tribute to the Magisterial Designer
He was only a teenager when he landed his first job in fashion in 1952, as an assistant to Jean Dessès. That Athenian-born couturier was famed for dressing both the crowned heads of Europe and a bevy of elegant actors in his signature evening gowns, which often incorporated very fine needle-pleated draperies. Today, only the Valentino haute couture ateliers in Rome hold the secret of this art. As an apprentice at Dessès, Valentino sketched a series of flamboyant “Dream Dresses” for his own amusement, which were never realized at the time. In 1991, however, for an exhibition celebrating the 30 years of his eponymous fashion house, the ateliers finally made them—as a secret surprise to their creator—and they became the glorious finale pieces in the retrospective.


In Jerry Stiller, the Rage of Jewish Fathers Found a Hilarious Outlet
The comic actor’s rat-a-tat timing and bristling bass reminded us why we loved those strange, embarrassing relatives.
Every time Jerry Stiller opened his mouth on “Seinfeld,” it made me laugh.
Partly, it was the shock of what came out. Stiller, who died Monday at the age of 92, didn’t speak so much as erupt. His bristling bass instantly changed the energy in the scene, adding ludicrous tension and unmuffled anger that came off as deliriously silly. Then there was his masterly comic rhythm, an old school rat-a-tat that got right to the point. But what really resonated was more personal.


How CNN’s Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour Finds the Silver Lining in Moments of Adversity
When CNN started 40 years ago this June, we were at the height of the Cold War, and Ted Turner wanted to create an international news organization to bring people together during one of the world’s scariest times. We could have had nuclear war, and of course that was what all leaders were preparing for. And that was the biggest threat journalists were preparing for too.


How the Queen’s V-E Day Jewelry Honored Her Patriotic—and Stylish—Relatives
During her televised address, the queen wore a pair of her favorite brooches—but the tragic story of their original owner hints at their deeper symbolic meaning.



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