Column Bar, Warsaw, Poland
Happy Bastille Day, kittens! Let’s storm something! From the safety of our own homes, of course. Better yet, let’s observe the occasion by congregating in a cool, elegant, chic-af Lounge and ordering a cocktail we’ve never had but always wanted to try!
Today is TUESDAY. Suck it up and move forward. It’s not like there are other options, right?
In other news, it occurs to us that after years of documenting every day of our lives, the photo album on our phone for 2020 is going to be awfully depressing when we look back on it. Everything comes to a halt in mid-March (after an explosion of pics from our cut-short book tour) and then after that, its just a smattering of cat pictures, zoom screenshots, and things that Tom baked. We haven’t taken a selfie (or posed for a picture) in months. Granted, we were never the type to get obsessive about capturing every meal, every view or every outfit worn, but we’re starting to think that we’ll have very little personal documentation of this time when we look back at it. We’re wrestling with whether we should make a more concerted effort to capture what it feels like to be going through 2020 (because we’ll be looking back on it for the rest of our lives, most likely) or whether the big hole in our photo album serves as documentation enough. After all, it hasn’t been a year of activities and sights. It’s been the exact opposite.
What do your phone albums look like right now? Are you documenting all this? Or would you rather continue to hunker down, wait for it to end, and then never think about it again? Seriously, we’re asking. While you ponder today’s question, feel free to peruse today’s offerings on the Menu of Daily Distractions, lovingly curated by your manly hosts.
Naya Rivera Took a Basic ‘Glee’ Character and Made Her Unforgettable
Naya Rivera was a fearsome screen presence who made meals out of whatever crumbs she got. While she began her TV career sparkling with winsome charm as a child actor on sitcoms like “Family Matters” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” it was on “Glee” that she got to prove the full breadth of what she could do. In Santana Lopez, Rivera took a flat character and made her vital by the sheer force of her inarguable charisma.
The role that made Rivera famous — and is now her most memorable, period, after her tragic death at just 33 years old — shouldn’t have been half as magnetic as it immediately became with her in it.
Buckingham Palace Has Its Own Brand of Gin Now
Drink it (as the Queen does) or use it to polish your jewelry (as the Queen also does).
The Royal Collection Trust (a department of the Royal Household that oversees the Royal Collection and opens royal residences to the public) revealed that an official Buckingham Palace gin is now available—both to the public at its online shop, and to guests at future palace events. The premium spirit is infused with 12 botanicals, some of which, including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves, and mulberry leaves, were sourced from the palace grounds.
In Defense of the Bay Leaf
Yes they’re pointy and you should fish them out at the end of cooking—but they bring enough to the table that they’re worth it.
Bay leaves are an important component in many cuisines, used widely in countries like India, Turkey, and Italy. They’re also crucial in dishes like gumbo and Texas chili. In class, I noticed something in particular about the bay leaves we were using in quantity: They actually smelled like something. If you snapped one in half, it released an herbaceous aroma that clung to your hands. Unlike the musty container I was working with at home, these bay leaves brought more flavor complexity to braises and sauces.
Harrison Ford Is Hollywood’s Stealth Style Icon
Harrison Ford ages like a smooth, expensive Merlot. The actor, who turns 78 today, has been Hollywood royalty for decades, much thanks to his roles in the successful Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies. He expertly embodies that ruggedly handsome aesthetic that has always been demanded of an action star, but in real life, Ford is handsomely stylish, but in a more pared-down way. You may have been sleeping on his sartorial excellence, but the man knows how to wear a suit. In honor of his birthday, Vogue dug into the Ford archives to find some of his most quietly elegant looks—and there were plenty to choose from.
Inside the Costume Design of HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’: “There’s So Much Wear and Tear and Life”
Costume designer Emma Potter talks about the fascinating sources she relied on to bring the characters of the Depression-era miniseries, starring Matthew Rhys, to life.
On HBO’s new miniseries Perry Mason, wildly contrasting aspects of 1930s Los Angeles are spotlighted by differences in costume. “With the Great Depression happening and also with the movie industry happening, there was this strange juxtaposition in the city,” says Emma Potter, costume designer of the series, which stars Matthew Rhys as the famed private investigator. “We capture all of that, from a New Year’s Eve gala in a Hollywood studio to seeing people with nothing who migrating to the city from other states looking for work.”
This Year Will End Eventually. Document It While You Can.
Museums are working overtime to collect artifacts and ephemera from the pandemic and the racial justice movement — and they need your help.
As museum curators and archivists stare down one of the most daunting challenges of their careers — telling the story of the pandemic; followed by severe economic collapse and a nationwide social justice movement — they are imploring individuals across the country to preserve personal materials for posterity, and for possible inclusion in museum archives. It’s an all-hands-on-deck effort, they say. “Our cultural seismology is being revealed,” said Anthea M. Hartig, the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History of the events. Of these three earth-shaking events, she said, “The confluence is unlike most anything we’ve seen.”
Famous Paintings Go on Show, Without a Canvas in Sight
The French company behind flashy digital shows of Klimt, Klee, van Gogh and others is bringing fine art to a mass audience. And it’s turning a profit.
On the walls inside of a former World War II submarine base, a huge Gustav Klimt tree expands its branches and a gold Paul Klee fish floats by. The bright, changing colors of these projections are reflected by four saltwater pools. Visitors walk along gangways, watching the floor-to-ceiling digital animations based on famous works by Klimt, Klee and Egon Schiele. The show, called “Bassins de Lumières,” or “Basins of Light,” opened on June 10 after a delay caused by France’s coronavirus lockdown. It is the fourth immersive art space created by Culturespaces, a Paris-based company that manages cultural sites and produces digital exhibitions. Its second, “L’Atelier des Lumières,” has been a huge hit in Paris, drawing 1.2 million visitors in 2018 and nearly 1.4 million the next year.
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