The Daily T LOunge for May 7, 2020

Posted on May 07, 2020

Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration Bar and Lounge, London, England


Let’s all solve a murder mystery today, darlings! You figure out the details. We’re just here to provide the proper surroundings for Poirot or Jessica Fletcher to come along and take over. Today’s lounge is bursting with possibilities and comfy seats. Let’s all escape for a bit.

Today is THURSDAY. It’s true, we swear. As another week winds down and brings us closer to summer, we feel like we need to re-assess our at-home fitness routines, which have been limited and a bit haphazard since our gyms closed down. The purchasing of equipment is currently being discussed, as it seems neither of us will be too comfortable returning to a gym any time in the remainder of 2020. At the same time, the discussion of how we plan on getting rid of said equipment is happening, since our home setup isn’t super-great for sticking big honkin’ pieces of exercise equipment in the middle of it. We’re not sure what we’re doing/buying just yet, but we feel like two straight months of baking and walking in small circles is starting to have an impact.

Anyway, be off with you! There are murders to solve! And if you aren’t feeling the need to figure out who killed Colonel Mustard with the candlestick, by all means, have a look at the daily specials on our Menu of Distractions:


Brooklyn Bridge, Star of the City: Here’s a Tour
Our critic explores the bridge and the neighborhoods on either side with the architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi.


What Is the Mid-Atlantic Accent: Why Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant Sound like (Fake) Millionaires
Throughout the Golden Age of Hollywood, stars including Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Bette Davis, and Orson Welles employed what’s known as a “Mid-Atlantic accent,” a sort of American-British hybrid of speaking that relies on tricks like dropping “R” sounds and softening vowels, in order to convey wealth and sophistication on the silver screen.


The Most Important (and Literary?) Meal of the Day
What is the right way to cut a piece of toast? Diagonally, insists the narrator in Nicholson Baker’s novel “The Mezzanine.” It creates “a triangularly cut slice” which in turn yields “an ideal first bite.” With rectangular toast, you must “angle the shape into your mouth, as you angle a big dresser through a hall doorway.”

Dwight Garner, a Times book critic, has a new essay on the literature of breakfast food, with cameos by Ralph Ellison, Lorrie Moore, Susan Sontag and, of course, Julia Child. As Dwight notes, many of us are lingering a bit more over breakfast these days.


Madagascar: A Cornucopia of Beauty
Join us for a visual tour of the island nation of Madagascar, about 90 percent of whose flora and fauna is found nowhere else on Earth.


Elizabeth Banks on Bipartisanship and Why More Men Need to Watch ‘Mrs. America’
Mrs. America chronicles the movement to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s — and the conservative backlash led by Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett). But before Schlafly’s involvement, there was almost unanimous bipartisan support for the legislation. Jill Ruckelshaus, played by Elizabeth Banks, is the real-life socially progressive Republican who worked to pass the ERA from the right side of the aisle.
Playing Ruckelshaus, who was appointed to a special women’s rights commission by President Ford and who co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus with feminist leaders like Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm, Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, was a reminder that American politics were not always as divided as they are today.


TikTok Boom! How the Exploding Social Media App Is Going Hollywood
The impossible-to-ignore, 2 billion strong platform is leveraging a massive sheltering-at-home audience hungry for new content to draw A-listers and turn its homegrown roster into bankable stars (with reality TV shows, of course).


Shades of Blue: Fashion’s Obsession with Blue Eyeshadow
Once upon a time, blue was considered to be the ‘feminine color’, it was favored over pink. It wasn’t until the late 1940s and early ’50s that pink became associated with girls and blue with boys. This was in large due to marketing strategies that saw retail companies assign gender-specific colors to products, in a bid to increase profits. It’s somewhat surprising then that the newly allocated masculine color should enter the beauty industry. Blue eyeshadow first became popular in the 1960s and one of the first pioneers to wear it was Barbie in 1959.


Banksy honors health care workers with his latest work of art titled “Game Changer.” He donated the artwork to the University Hospital Southampton in the UK.
The Artist left a note for hospital workers saying: “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.”

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