The Daily T LOunge for June 30, 2020

Posted on June 30, 2020

The Berkeley Bar & Terrace, London, England


Let’s all huddle together in small groups and gossip our faces off today, darlings! Is this not the perfect Lounge for a little intrigue, a little filth, and a little “You didn’t hear this from me, but…?” We say yes, but then again, we’re always up for some dish.

Today is TUESDAY. Do with that what you will.

We, for our parts, decided that today was going to be the day where we GET. THINGS. DONE. We WILL get all those graduation cards and accompanying checks out to various nieces and nephews! We WILL find a working notary in this shut-down city and get that legal document taken care of! We WILL send out those invoices! We WILL update that code! We WILL do 40 minutes of controlled cardio work and light weightlifting in our living room! We WILL eat a salad at some point!

It’s good to have goals, don’t you think? We make no guarantees about the outcome of our efforts, but hey, at least we made a list. Let’s celebrate that! And speaking of lists, here’s today’s lovingly curated list of distractions, in case reading our rambling nonsense just isn’t getting the job done for you:


How One Black Orthodox Jewish Woman Is Opening Minds in Her Brooklyn Community
Less than two weeks after George Floyd’s killing at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Mayaan Zik, a Black Orthodox woman and longtime resident of the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, stood on the main drag of Kingston Avenue, and introduced a number of speakers from both the Black and the Hasidic Jewish communities to kick off the rally, “Tahalucha for Social Justice.”


“A Symbol for the New Era”—Gucci Off the Grid is Alessandro Michele’s First Step Toward Circularity
The fashion system exists on a linear model: Clothing is produced, it’s shipped to a store, it’s purchased by a consumer, and eventually, it’s discarded. Circularity is the solution, a concept that bends the straight line from product to consumer to landfill by designing clothes with their “end of life” in mind instead. The goal is to ensure as many “lives” as possible for a garment by using materials that can be broken down, recycled, and made into something else on a constant loop.


Inside HBO and Hulu’s Very Different Takes on Catherine the Great and Her “Super Complicated Relationships”
‘The Great’ and ‘Catherine the Great’ crafted their own versions of the famous Russian monarch, but have at least one thing in common — creating a complex woman, flaws and all.
Right away, Helen Mirren noticed something that Catherine the Great had in common with another historical character she’d played, Elizabeth I (in HBO’s 2005 miniseries). “The rate these people lived at was unbelievable,” she tells THR. “Catherine got up at 5 o’clock every morning in freezing Russia to write for two or three hours before her day even started. They put in an amazing amount of work.” Mirren’s research for the role involved reading copious amounts of Catherine’s writing and diaries.


Here’s How New York City Celebrated a Different Kind of Pride March This Year
The 2020 Pride march in New York City was unlike the parades we’ve seen in past years: no big-name corporate sponsors, not a gussied-up float with celebrities waving rainbow flags in sight. Instead, it was a demonstration called the Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality, with thousands walking through the streets of Lower Manhattan, cheering for queer life. It seems more fitting for this moment, when the United States is in the midst of a mass movement against racism and police brutality, supporting Black Lives Matter.


The Unruly Genius of Joyce Carol Oates
In an era that fetishizes form, Oates has become America’s preëminent fiction writer by doing everything you’re not supposed to do.
As far back as the novels in Oates’s Wonderland Quartet, such as “Expensive People” (1968) and “them” (1969), which received the National Book Award fifty years ago this fall, Oates has deployed her zeal for revision to forge a style of rousing roughness. Her dozens of novels and hundreds of short stories, many of them set in western New York, forgo an air of cool mastery in favor of a kind of cultivated vulnerability, an openness to engulfment. Human existence, in her handling, seems a primarily somatic enterprise, and her greedily adjectival prose can sometimes read like a sort of dramatized phenomenology. Even on a bustling city street, her characters can come across as frontierspeople, or toilers on a polar expedition. As she invokes a world of pounding hearts and thumping ears and watering mouths, she exhibits a refreshing freedom from embarrassment, an indifference to the concept of overkill. Oates’s friend the novelist John Gardner once suggested that she try writing a story “in which things go well, for a change.” That hasn’t happened yet.


What Do You Do When Extremism Comes for the Hawaiian Shirt?
Worn by extremists toting assault rifles, the shirt has gone from dad symbol to battle flag.
It’s one of the most discussed street styles of the spring: tactical body armor, customized assault rifles, maybe a sidearm and helmet, paired with the languid floral patterns of a Hawaiian shirt. While it’s not uncommon to see heavily armed white men toting military-grade gear on American streets, the addition of the Hawaiian shirt is a new twist.


Broadway Will Remain Closed Through 2020
“The Broadway experience can be deeply personal but it is also, crucially, communal,” said Broadway League board chairman Thomas Schumacher. “The alchemy of 1,000 strangers bonding into a single audience fueling each performer on stage and behind the scenes will be possible again when Broadway theatres can safely host full houses. Every single member of our community is eager to get back to work sharing stories that inspire our audience through the transformative power of a shared live experience. The safety of our cast, crew, orchestra and audience is our highest priority and we look forward to returning to our stages only when it’s safe to do so. One thing is for sure, when we return we will be stronger and more needed than ever.”




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