The Daily T LOunge for July 28, 2020

Posted on July 28, 2020

Farrier & Draper, Dublin, Ireland


What are we looking for today, kittens? A little pop of the unexpected. A little something to shake things up. Why? We’ll tell you why.

Today is TUESDAY. All damn day.

And we feel like we need to … we don’t know, throw our schedule of anxiety chores out the window and shake things up somehow. It’s not really true to say that we’re in a rut. While this is a time of deeply limited options, we’ve both been fairly busy with projects both professional and domestic, routine and creative. In a weird way, our plates are full, even in the middle of all this nonsense. Maybe that’s why we’re feeling the need to throw a party or make some noise. We’ve been keeping our nose to the proverbial grindstone since the second we had to abandon our book tour and we can feel this ghost of a summer flying past us. Obviously we can’t be throwing any parties or hitting the town for food, drink and nightlife, so we’ll have to make do with some confetti and a pitcher of mid-day Margaritas. Congratulations and best wishes, everyone!

As you’re selecting and or mixing your cocktail of choice in celebration of whatever you feel like celebrating at the moment, feel free to peruse our daily distractions:

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Are ‘Delighted’ to Welcome First Child
The Game of Thrones actress, 24, and “Sucker” singer, 30, have welcomed their first child.
“Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are delighted to announce the birth of their baby,” a statement to People reads.
“The couple is already obsessed and can’t stop gloating about their new addition. The couple is taking time to enjoy this special moment and have only shared the news and updates with family and friends.”


Japanese Designer Kansai Yamamoto Has Died at 76
Self-expression through dress was the designer’s rebel yell; he was a proponent of fluid dressing, and on a deeper level, he rejected rigid societal norms. (No wonder civil engineering held no interest for him.) “I disliked and resisted square clothes whose quality was in their expensive material and good sewing,” Yamamoto told Miyanaga, revealing a hippie-ish countercultural streak. It makes sense, then, that in 1971 Yamamoto would choose to make his international debut in London, the city that had been the beating heart of the Youthquake, in a country where it was still possible to épater le bourgeois.


A Test With No Answer
No procedure exists that can prove virginity, yet dangerously unscientific virginity tests occur regularly—even in the United States. Marie Claire, in partnership with the Fuller Project, investigates the controversial exams and the gray area surrounding them that endangers both patients and medical professionals.
In the United States, virginity continues to have a major impact on education, societal norms, even government policy: In 2017, one third of federal funding for teen sexual education went to abstinence-based programs, even though studies show such education doesn’t necessarily prevent sexual activity. Language about virginity reinforces the myth that a woman’s body is something she should give, traditionally to a man, and that it’s a one-time thing: She lost her virginity; she gave it up to him; he popped her cherry; she was deflowered.


12 Books by Latinx Authors You Need to Read, Like, Yesterday
Stories so good, you won’t need a bookmark.
Reading takes you places you never thought you could go—it’s why most of us fall in love with books. Sometimes books lead us to a small village in Mexico or to New York City in 1965 or, perhaps, to the beaches of Miami. (Who doesn’t want a free trip to Miami?) Often, the stories are so enthralling the bookmark that rests on our side table rarely ever gets used. If you’re looking for those kinds of books—ones you cant put down—find them here penned by some seriously talented Latinx authors.
Ahead, dive into 12 of the best fiction books out there by Latinx authors. Whether it’s stories of first love, a visit to a horror house gone wrong, or a collection of short stories about love in Puerto Rico, there’s a narrative for everyone on this list. Your reading palette deserves a little change, and there’s no better place than to start here.


Hulu’s New Releases Coming in August 2020
For families seeking some entertainment while staying home amid the pandemic, Dora and the Lost City of Gold makes it way to the streamer. The live-action film adaptation of the animated Nickelodeon TV series stars Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña and Eva Longoria, with Danny Trejo voicing Boots.
Other films headed to the streamer this month include J.C. Chandor’s Wall Street drama Margin Call; My Best Friend’s Wedding, starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney and Cameron Diaz; Jason Reitman’s George Clooney starrer Up in the Air; several Star Trek films; gerrymandering documentary Slay the Dragon; The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf; Monster’s Ball, starring Halle Berry in her Oscar-winning role; and Ordinary Love, starring Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson.


Creating Dakota Fanning’s Costumes for TNT’s ‘The Alienist’ Season Two
Costume designer Rudy Mance paired research on 1890s New York with inspiration from modern designers like Hedi Slimane and Ann Demeulemeester to create an inspired take on Victorian-era dressing, from culottes to boldly patterned pieces: “I wanted to push the fashion element.”
As part of his research into 1890s New York, the costume designer looked to the research library at L.A.’s Western Costume Company. “They had all of the old Harper’s Bazaars from our year, 1897,” says Mance, who also relied on the 2013 book Gilded New York: Design, Fashion and Society (a collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York). He took designs and photos from those sources and mixed them with runway images to create mood boards for each actor.”


Indian Matchmaking Only Scratches the Surface of a Big Problem
Indian Matchmaking smartly reclaims and updates the arranged marriage myth for the 21st century, demystifying the process and revealing how much romance and heartache is baked into the process even when older adults are meddling every step of the way. But for me, at least, the show’s value is as a vibrant validation of how brutal the gauntlet of Indian matchmaking can be—a practice that begins with your parents’ friends and relatives gossiping about you as a teenager and only intensifies as you get older. Though these families use a matchmaker, the matching process is one the entire community and culture is invested in. In this context, romance is not a private matter; your love life is everyone’s business.


On the Lookout for Moose on Michigan’s Isle Royale
The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Tony Cenicola, a New York Times staff photographer, shares a collection of images from a remote island in Michigan.
Tucked away in the northern reaches of Lake Superior, far closer to both Ontario and Minnesota than to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, lies one of the country’s least visited national parks: Isle Royale.




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