The Daily T LOunge for July 16, 2020

Posted on July 16, 2020

The Refectory Bar, Prague, Czech Republic


We figured today called for a space that’s bright, airy and colorful. Not too glamorous, but far from low-key. That’s how we’re feeling at the moment.

Today is THURSDAY. So “yay” for that.

If we started compiling a list of things we miss most during this time… well, we’d be here all day and probably want to curl up and cry by the end of it. It’s the little, unexpected missed things that tend to be illuminating. Everyone misses their families, socializing, and various activities that had to be put on hold, of course. To say “I miss seeing my friends” in 2020 is akin to saying “I am a carbon-based life form.” Honey, we’re all feeling that. But the one thing that really stands out on our list of missed things? An ache that we didn’t know we’d have once they were taken away from us? Flowers. No, really.

We’re urban loft dwellers. No yard, no garden. Outside our windows are shops and restaurants, not houses or lawns. Of course we can look outside and see flower beds and pots from our living room. We’re not living in the desert here. And on the rare occasions that we can go for leisurely strolls, there are gardens and parks along the way. But our strolling is limited and often too stressful to bother with. It didn’t occur to us until this spring and summer how much we tended to rely on cut flowers to give us that floral boost in our lives. We’d go to Trader Joe’s twice a month for most of our groceries and each time we went, we’d pick up a couple bouquets, which meant that roughly 90% of the time, there were flowers in a vase somewhere in our home.  We suppose we could order arrangements to be delivered, but that gets awfully expensive at a time when we’re trying to be frugal. No real point to this musing except … musing. It suddenly occurred to us in the last few weeks that flowers haven’t been a part of our daily lives most of this year. What weirdly unexpected things are you missing right now?


Judi Dench Isn’t The Only One Who Wants You To #WearADamnMask
“If you care about human life, please… just #wearadamnmask and encourage those around you to do the same,” Jennifer Aniston wrote on Instagram with a selfie of her wearing a black face mask on 30 June. The Friends actor is one of several stars using their enormous Instagram followings (34.4 million, in Jen’s case) to urge people to consider the dangers of not wearing a mask during the coronavirus pandemic. “So many lives have been taken by this virus because we aren’t doing enough,” she added.


How Men’s Street Style Is Influencing Runway Trends—From Short Shorts to Crystals
Men’s fashion has lately been buoyed by a few star designers too, namely Virgil Abloh at Off-White and Louis Vuitton, and Kim Jones at Dior Men. They have different skills and points of view, but they share one thing in common: an understanding of what guys (and girls) really, actually want to wear. They’re pushing fashion further away from its ideals of elitism and exclusivity and are finding much of their inspiration on “real people” on the street.


13 Black Artists on Life in America Right Now
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.


What Exactly Is The Bechdel Test, And Why Are Films Failing It When TV Has Progressed?
In 1985, cartoonist Alison Bechdel coined the term as a simple, tongue-in-cheek measure of the lack of female representation on screen. Thirty-five years on, why are releases still not meeting its minimal requirements — and what can we do about it?
The age-old assumption that women speak more than men has been disputed by several studies, but the general consensus remains that we all speak as much as each other. Why, then, do women still speak significantly less than men on screen?


Pioneering Black Star Josephine Baker Takes Spotlight in Studiocanal English-Language Series
Studiocanal, the leading European production, distribution and international sales powerhouse, is teaming with France’s CPB Films (“Savages”) and Leyland Films (“Murder in Provence”) to develop a high-end English-language drama series about the trailblazing African American entertainer and civil rights activist Josephine Baker, whom the partners describe as the world’s first Black global star performer.


Black Artists on How to Change Classical Music
Nine performers describe the steps they recommend to begin transforming a white-dominated field.
With their major institutions founded on white European models and obstinately focused on the distant past, classical music and opera have been even slower than American society at large to confront racial inequity. Black players make up less than 2 percent of the nation’s orchestras; the Metropolitan Opera still has yet to put on a work by a Black composer.
Nine Black performers spoke with The New York Times about steps that could be taken to begin transforming a white-dominated field. These are edited excerpts from the conversations.


The Motherhood Rejection: ‘We Didn’t Need A Baby To Make Us Feel Complete’
A generation of women are opting out of parenthood. That doesn’t make them selfish, shallow or in denial, but it does make society feel uncomfortable.
“I’ve long let go of the distraction of giving a fig about what society thinks, and it is freeing, there are obvious positives, such as having more independence and money, but these aren’t really reasons why I wouldn’t want [children]. I just simply am not interested.”



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