The Ladies’ Room Cocktail Bar, Chicago, USA
INTRIGUE, kittens! That’s the mood we’re shooting for today because everyone always looks so much more intriguing when you put them under red lighting! Let’s all sit and side-eye each other from over our drink menus. Let’s all look around the room briefly before leaning in and whispering something from behind our hands. It makes every conversation instantly more interesting; more – dare we say it – intriguing.
Today is WEDNESDAY. Thank Woden.
Moving on from the intriguing to the banal, we are suffering through a threadbare moment. Sitting at home all day for four months (and engaging in a lot of Anxiety Laundry sessions) has left both our t-shirts and our underwear in an unnervingly threadbare state. Neither of these clothing items are the sorts of things we’d order online, because we’ve got to hold up a t-shirt to see if the shape is right (Is the collar too thick and/or too high? Do the sleeves billow and extend down to the elbow? Is it a perfect square when you hold it up by the shoulders? Throw it back on the pile) and of course one must always feel a pair of undies before committing to buying them. What if they’re itchy? Or weirdly silky? What if the leg holes are too small? Or worse – too big, leaving one’s bits in danger of dangling out at an inopportune moment? Things being what they are (a flaming dumpster fire being swallowed by a sinkhole), we fear we may have to suffer through tattered tees and increasingly transparent underwear for the rest of the year.
But enough about our earth-shattering problems. What sorts of new and interesting problems have you been encountering of late? While you’re considering the answer to that question, feel free to distract yourself with our artisanal selection of distractions:
Contemporary Artists Reflect on Life in America
The Artist Statements project is an ever-evolving creative tribute to the agonies and the ecstasies of Black American life—from police brutality and civil rights activism to the close bonds of community. At a powerful moment of reckoning both across the country and around the world, it serves as a living document, regularly reflecting poignant new imagery and texts from leading Black contemporary artists.
The Instagram Guide to Barcelona, Spain
Inspiring architecture, delicious food, and incredible nightlife.
Barcelona is one of Spain’s most iconic cities, known for Gaudí’s breathtaking architecture, a booming nightlife scene, and a picturesque beach boardwalk. Whether you fancy fine dining or low-key sangria and tapas, you’ll be able to taste your way through Barcelona’s rich culinary scene served late into the night. Culture lovers could spend weeks exploring museums and architectural marvels by day, and hitting up some of Europe’s hippest nightclubs by night. Surrender yourself to the laidback lifestyle of the Catalonia capital by wandering the gorgeous Barcelona neighborhoods.
Film Academy Invites 819 New Members, With 36 Percent People of Color
Of this year’s invitees, 45 percent are women and 49 percent hail from outside the United States.
Awkwafina, Matthew Cherry, Cynthia Erivo, Alma Har’el, Zendaya and two people named Ryan Murphy — one the famous content creator, the other a sound technician — are among 819 members of the global film community who on Tuesday received invitations to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Netflix’s New Releases Coming in July
Take a look at the movies and TV shows that will be added to the streaming service next month.
On the film side, well-known movies hitting Netflix next month include A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Poltergeist, Schindler’s List, Sleepless in Seattle, Spotlight, Clash of the Titans, Million Dollar Baby, Paranormal Activity, The Karate Kid series, Sucker Punch and Starsky & Hutch.
Lena Dunham Recognizes Her Privilege Got Her Where She Is Today
“Whenever I find out I’m trending, I have to immediately check if I’m alive!” she joked on Twitter, at the start of a thread about her white privilege. “Then, I try and see if there’s a constructive dialogue to have on Twitter.”
“The past ten years have been a series of lessons. The lesson now? Sit down. Shut up, unless it’s to advocate for change for Black people. Listen. Make art in private for awhile- no one needs your book right now lady. Give reparations widely. Defund the police. Rinse & repeat.”
The Messy Politics of Black Voices—and “Black Voice”—in American Animation
American animation, populated by sentient foodstuffs and puttied humanoids, has often been considered exempt from the country’s prejudices—an understandable, if convenient, fantasy of exceeding real life’s doldrums. In fact, it is a genre built on the marble and mud of racial signification. Much like vaudeville and the sitcom, and the American stage and screen writ large, the business of cartoons emerged from the performative tradition of cross-racial desire, also known as minstrelsy.
Fighting Over Masks in Public Is the New American Pastime
In states like California, Texas and Florida, many essential workers have been given an additional task: conflict resolution.
On any given day, somewhere in the United States, someone is going to wake up, leave the house and get in a huge argument with a stranger about wearing masks.
Grocery store managers are training staff on how to handle screaming customers. Fistfights are breaking out at convenience stores. Some restaurants even say they’d rather close than face the wrath of various Americans who believe that masks, which help prevent the spread of coronavirus, impinge on their freedom.
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