The Daily T LOunge for May 18, 2020

Posted on May 18, 2020

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Today’s Lounge is serving us two things we could all use a little more of at the moment: old school opulence and sunshine. After a brisk weekend of housecleaning and some WFH book promotion, we are ready and committed to dive into our regular work week, which is what we call Monday to Friday, even though our work week is literally seven days long. But no complaints! We’re happy and privileged to still be working and busy, with plans and schemes for the future.

Today is MONDAY. Although we doubt many of you needed to be reminded.

We have a few posts in the pipeline that should keep you distracted and busy throughout the day, but until we start unveiling them like the masterpieces they are, please feel free to peruse the daily specials on our Menu of Distractions. We’ve got some good stuff in there for you.


The 7 Best Moments From Barack Obama’s Virtual Commencement Speeches on Saturday
For a few hours on Saturday, it was almost possible to imagine that Barack Obama was back in the White House and Michelle Obama was still first lady. The 44th president was the keynote speaker at two different virtual commencement speeches, one given for college graduates and the other for high school seniors—both of whom were robbed of their graduation ceremonies.


The Story Behind Britney Spears’s Iconic Oops!… I Did It Again Outfit
Here’s an anniversary you may have missed: It has now been 20 years since the pop princess Britney Spears released her second studio album, “Oops!… I Did It Again.” On that famed record, the queen of the 2000s churned out some of her biggest hits, such as “Stronger” and “Lucky.” But it’s her lead single, “Oops,” that’s lodged most firmly in our memory, and not just for its earworm-y chorus. The track’s space-age music video is downright iconic. When you think Britney, you think of that red latex jumpsuit. And in honor of the album’s anniversary, Vogue called up Estee Stanley, the video’s stylist, to reminisce about that now-famous Oops! costume.


André Leon Talley Would Still Take Anna Wintour’s Call
From his living room in White Plains, the fashion writer on his new memoir and old friends.
His memoir, The Chiffon Trenches, is a fiercely treasured shoe box of memories he has collected throughout his career: summering at Karl Lagerfeld’s villa in Biarritz, dancing with Diana Ross at Studio 54, attending Marc Jacobs’s wedding. It is a reminder of his own once-lofty perch at the pinnacle of high fashion as the creative director of U.S. Vogue — the first and only black person to occupy that job.


What to Stream: Forty-four Standout Movies from Cannes Film Festivals Past
Cannes is cancelled this year, but you can still watch the festival’s best offerings since its founding, in 1946.
The Cannes Film Festival, which would have been taking place now, is like the Oscars for art-house films: it usually gets things wrong, runs more according to dollars than sense, but nonetheless brings welcome attention to many great films—albeit only a small sliver of those they should be paying attention to. Last year’s main slate had an extraordinarily rich bunch of movies, including “Atlantics,” “Bacurau,” and “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.” This year’s edition was supposed to feature the première of Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch”; now this year’s festival has been cancelled (though a list of films that have been selected and would have screened will be announced in June. In lieu of the real thing, here is a list of some of the best from the festival since its establishment, in 1946. 


Fred Willard, Ubiquitous Comic Actor for Five Decades, Dies at Age 86
The improv-trained actor from Waiting For Guffman, Best in Show, Modern Family, Anchorman, and more will be seen posthumously on Netflix’s Space Force.
Fred Willard, a comedic actor whose television and film appearances date back to the late 1960s, died Friday at the age of 86.
Critics, scholars, and philosophers can argue for hours about “what is funny?”—but plop anyone in front of a screen and have them watch Willard in Best in Show, and if they don’t laugh, they should be checked to see if they’re breathing. Willard’s sarcastic, wide-eyed, brilliantly-timed quips in Christopher Guest’s dog show mock documentary isn’t something any mere mortal can pull off. You have to be born with it.


And finally, for some instant joy in your Monday, turn up the volume and press play. You won’t regret it:



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