The Daily T LOunge for August 10, 2020

Posted on August 10, 2020

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Well, kittens. No one asked for our input on the matter, but another week has launched, whether we like it or not. We’re all for life marching forward and experiencing each new day blah blah blah, but we were kind of hoping someone would slip in an eighth day of the week without telling us. Anyway, we’re keeping the gla-MOUR local because we’re the hosts and we don’t feel like traveling today so you all have to come to us. This is what our living room looks like, in case you were wondering.

Today is MONDAY. Hence all that cranky talk about a new week starting.

We have a very productive weekend, which is a positive way of saying that we never truly get a day off. Still, we’re happy to be working through all of this, even if the industry we’re working seems to be collapsing all around us. The upside to being independently owned media is that we can’t ever get fired, furloughed or laid off. The downside is that we also never get vacation time, sick time or even a mental health day. Still, it was nice to take a leap forward on several projects, from a positively fetal book proposal to hammering out some tech and advertising display issues going forward. None of it’s interesting to anyone else, but we feel the need to take minor victory laps.

What’s keeping you busy at the moment? Are you being productive, however you define that word? Or have you opted not to fuss over such things and are focused on taking each day as it comes? Or would you rather avoid the question entirely and simply dive into a day’s worth of distractions? Because we’ve got just the thing for you:

 

Why Is Science Fiction So Obsessed with the Assassination of John F. Kennedy?
Fifty-six years later, we’re still trying to save Kennedy.
When President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963, time seemed to stand still. Shots rang out at 12:30 p.m., and in an instant, Camelot was over. In some ways, we’ve been trying to bring it back ever since.
Over the decades that followed JFK’s death, artists have grappled again and again with that generation-defining moment, through documentary film, biography, and biopic. The assassination has been depicted in works of art, in musicals, and in song—Bob Dylan’s latest ballad is a nearly 17-minute recollection of the assassination that starts “’Twas a dark day in Dallas.”
But one medium in particular captures America’s continued fixation with the potential of Kennedy, and all that was lost when he died in Dealey Plaza 56 years ago: the time travel story.

 

Queen Elizabeth’s Tea Supplier Shares the Secret to Brewing a Perfect Cup
The temperature is of utmost importance.
The only thing more British than a perfectly brewed cup of tea, is perhaps a perfectly brewed cup from Queen Elizabeth’s official tea merchant, Twinings.
The brand’s relationship with the royals dates all the way back to 1837, when they were “honored” by Queen Victoria, and appointed as her supplier of tea, explains Stephen Twinings, the brand’s director of corporate relations, and the 10th generation of his family in the tea business.

 

The Pleasure and Privilege of Haute, Honest, and Heavenly Fashion
At times like these, we find ourselves reassessing what is really important to us, and some questions—What do we value? What matters to us?—are more vital than ever.
I have a Comme des Garçons cape-collar that is composed of hundreds of tartan strips sewn together in a madcap yet painstakingly deliberate fashion. I bought it a few winters ago at the label’s Chelsea store, and the salespeople said they were pretty sure it was the only one ever made.
At times like these, when the world feels as if it has gone crazy and the ground has shifted beneath our feet, we find ourselves reassessing what is really important to us. Maybe it was being locked down for months, but the questions—What do we value? What matters to us? What do we really want?—seem more vital than ever.

 

Still, We Dance: Why Alvin Ailey’s Revelations Is More Vital Than Ever
Sixty years after its debut, the company’s signature dance remains an ode to the deliverance of self­-expression in the face of adversity.
Every year, in theaters and concert halls around the globe, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater takes audiences to church. Not just any house of worship, but the working-class, Black, Southern temples of rural Texas. The gospel they see and feel is Revelations, the company’s signature dance, which has been staged more often than the troupe’s other celebrated works, for some 25 million fans.

 

Emmys’ Limited-Series Race Dominated by Feminist Stories
Shows devoted to women’s real-life narratives were once restricted to female-centric cablers (and largely overlooked at the awards show). Now with ‘Mrs. America,’ ‘Unbelievable’ and ‘Self Made,’ the fight for equality is front and center, and the TV Academy has taken notice.
One hundred years ago this August, women’s suffrage was codified into law, becoming the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The change, which prohibits governmental powers from denying citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex, required 36 states to secure ratification and ultimately hinged on a tie-breaking vote from a young legislator who took his mom’s advice.
In 2020, the Emmy nominees — from FX on Hulu’s Mrs. America to Netflix’s Unorthodox — remind us that women’s struggle for independence is an ongoing effort.

 

I’m Not Ready for the Schools to Reopen This Fall. Why Should Any Parent Be?
It’s August and my email box is filled with messages from the three different independent Manhattan schools that my kids attend. I am being invited to numerous grade-wide and division-wide Zoom meetings. Committees have been formed, plans have been written, protocols have been set. There will be pods, masks, social distancing, classrooms half-filled, a hybrid of virtual and in-person learning. There will be copious amounts of hand sanitizer and teachers in plastic gloves.
Manhattan schools are ready to welcome back children. Or so Governor Andrew Cuomo told us this week. But do we really know what the school year will actually look like? Manhattan schools, whether public or private, are scrambling to figure it out, and each has cooked up extremely complicated back-to-school scenarios followed by other even more complicated back-to-school scenarios if the first scenarios don’t stick.

 

A Dirty Dancing Sequel Is Officially Happening. Here’s Everything We Know So Far.
Jennifer Grey will return for what’s been dubbed “one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood.”
The original Dirty Dancing movie became a worldwide phenomenon following its release in 1987. Having already inspired a number of spin-offs and re-creations, it’s officially been announced that a Dirty Dancing sequel is really happening, and Jennifer Grey, who famously portrayed Frances “Baby” Houseman in the original film, will return.

 

The Jewelry Designer Inspired by Ancient Rituals and Artifacts
Drawing on years of research and working with one of Jaipur’s premier enamel artisans, Alice Cicolini makes pieces destined to become talismans.
It’s telling that it was an artifact, not a stone or a vintage bauble, that set the London-based designer Alice Cicolini on her path to making jewelry. Thirteen years ago, while working as the director of arts and culture at the British Council in India, Cicolini traveled to Mehrangarh, a resplendent 15th-century fort and series of palaces with an accompanying museum in Jodhpur. Among the collection of courtly textiles, armory and miniature paintings, a maharani jewelry box caught her eye. “It would have housed many of the things you need to perform,” she explains, referring to the ancient Hindu practice of a bride on her wedding day wearing 16 traditional adornments, from bell-embellished anklets to glass and gold bangles. “The box itself was fairly ordinary looking, but the idea of what its contents constituted was magic to me.”

 

 

 

 

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