The Daily T LOunge for July 17, 2020

Posted on July 17, 2020

Bhudda Bar, Mykonos, Greece


Oh, how we want to go to there. For once, the view has struck us dumb (er). Instead of polluting the view with a lot of our nonsense verbiage, we invite you to scroll back up, pick a chair facing the water, and sip whatever drink comes to mind. Why?

Because it’s FRIDAY. We made it, bitches!

The world remains as stressful as ever, but we have no Deep Thoughts to impart on the topic today because that view is sending us. Far away. Talk amongst yourselves or sample from our Menu of Distractions below if you can tear yourself away from that view. Waitperson? A refill, please. When you have the time.


What It’s Like to Work In a Restaurant Right Now, According to Restaurant Workers
After four months of only being able to offer carry-out, restaurants are beginning to reopen for outdoor dining—and in some states, indoor dining, too. Yet reopened restaurants look a lot different today than they did before the pandemic. Tables are spaced six feet apart. Servers wear masks. Menus are disposable, digital, or diligently sanitized. Restaurants have changed, which means the experience of working in a restaurant has changed, too.
We spoke with dozens of restaurant workers, from servers and managers to executive chefs and line cooks, to get a feel for what it’s really like to work in a reopened restaurant right now.


Why I Don’t Refer to My Hair as ‘Dreadlocks’
When I was about nine years old, I asked my mom if I could straighten my thick natural hair with a perm. I was initially told that I was too young to do so, and that we’d make an appointment at the salon when I began middle school. I eagerly awaited this moment for two more years, until I finally received the long, straightened hair that nine-year-old me had been vying for. Unbeknownst to my young mind, I was making my first attempt to conform to white mainstream society.

This idea of assimilation over authenticity is something that Black women (and men) around the world have had to contend with as we face continued discrimination against our hair—one of many tactics that has long been used to dehumanize Black people.


Hollywood LGBTQ-Inclusive Films Up, Diversity Down and Trans Characters Absent, GLAAD Study Finds
In a new survey of 118 films released by major studios in 2019, the advocacy group gave all the major studios low grades for their LGBTQ representation. Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, United Artists Releasing and Universal Pictures were marked as “insufficient” by GLAAD, while Sony Pictures Entertainment and Walt Disney Studios received “poor” grades and STX Films was slapped with a “failing” grade as it had no LGBTQ representation in its 2019 film slate.


Michelle Obama’s First Podcast Promises Candid Conversations
“What I love about these conversations is that they’re topics and issues that we’re all dealing with no matter what’s going on,” Obama said in a teaser for the podcast. “Whether that’s a global pandemic or a nationwide reckoning with race, my hope is that this podcast can be a place for us to sort through the questions that we’re all trying to answer, a place to open up and be a little vulnerable and have some fun along the way. Most importantly, I hope this podcast sparks ideas and topics that you can open up with within your own circles.”


What Is Distance Learning For?
Ms. V did this with eighteen kids, every single day. How hard could it be for us to do it with one kid, our own?
Through the fog of memory, and despite everything that’s happened since, I still vividly remember the last day of school. In the morning, I listened to the Mayor on the radio insisting that the schools would not close. Too many vulnerable children got their only meals at school, he said. Too much of the city’s workforce depended on schools for child care. None of us, I think, had any conception at the time of just how serious this was going to turn out to be.


In Britain, a Black Lives Matter Statue Sparks an Important Debate Around Representation
Early on Wednesday morning in Bristol, England, a crane pulled up to an empty plinth in the city’s central square and carefully lowered into place a statue of local activist Jen Reid. Merely weeks ago, the site was the center of global attention, following a Black Lives Matter protest held on June 7 which saw protesters remove the original statue and roll it through the streets before depositing it in Bristol Harbour. The figure previously honored was Edward Colston, a local merchant who built his wealth off the Atlantic slave trade in the early 18th century, and whose name lives on across street signs, buildings, and schools due to his philanthropic efforts within the city.
Yet where Colston’s statue had stood in the square for 125 years before being toppled last month, Reid’s likeness lasted just over 24 hours before being removed by the local council.


Michaela Coel on Being an “Imperfect, Inconsistent Human Being”
The star and creator of ‘I May Destroy You‘ on cancel culture, cardigans, and keeping up with quarantine yoga — sometimes.
Like most of us working remotely in lockdown, Michaela Coel has been taking an inordinate amount of video calls. “I’m spending a lot of time on Zoom,” she tells me — via the same platform — from the comfort of her East London home, where she’s wrapped up in a red cardigan (more on that particular garment later). She certainly has something compelling to talk about: I May Destroy You, her powerful HBO comedy-drama series based on the true story of her own sexual assault that she created, wrote, executive produced, co-directed, and stars in.


A love letter to local coffee shops
Why we should all be visiting and supporting our favourite independents right now
Without coffee shops, we wouldn’t have many of the great works of literature – or at least, they would be very different. Authors like Eliot, Franz Kafka, Gertrude Stein and F Scott Fitzgerald all favoured writing in these institutions. For Ernest Hemingway “the marble-topped tables, the smell of cafés cremes, the smell of early morning sweeping out and mopping and luck were all you needed.” His Paris memoir A Moveable Feast was written at the Montparnasse café La Closerie des Lilas, near his apartment.


Can A Vase Go Viral? This Cheeky Ornament Is Proof
Anissa Kermiche’s Love Handles vase has been raising eyebrows among estate agents. The runaway success of the cheeky shelf adornment has meant the derrière-shaped flower receptacle has appeared on more than a few Rightmove ads. Kermiche, who originally found success as a jewellery designer, is thrilled that her creations are spicing up the property market. “I always hear the same thing from customers,” she says. “It brings life to a room and makes everyone smile.”
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