The Daily T LOunge for August 19, 2020

Posted on August 19, 2020

Chow Chase Bar and Restaurant – Karlstad, Sweden

 

Today’s LOunge is a place for plots and schemes. A place for wearing sunglasses indoors and passing secret files under the table while speaking code words. A place for intrigue and role-playing and cosplay. Let’s all pretend to be international spies today! It beats the alternative, right? Said alternative being reality. And speaking of which …

Today is WEDNESDAY. You got this.

We, for our parts, have a full day of posting ahead of us (to our delight), so you’ll have to just talk amongst yourselves while we line things up. We have provided you with a list of discussion points should you need one (but you guys never need one):

 

A New Exhibition Asks: What Has—And Hasn’t—Been Accomplished 100 Years After Women Earned the Right to Vote?
Today, the Park Avenue Armory launched “100 Years | 100 Women,” a sprawling, multimedia tribute to the ratification of the 19th Amendment on this day in 1920. Made up of new works commissioned by the Armory, the National Black Theatre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Apollo Theater, the Museum of the Moving Image, and several other leading cultural institutions, the project was meant to be unveiled this spring in the Armory’s 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall; but in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, “100 Years | 100 Women” has been reconceived as a virtual experience. Hosted by professor and civil rights activist Maya Wiley, its kick-off this afternoon included not only the debut of an online project archive gathering all the commissions (which range from works of visual art to pieces of theater, literature, and dance), but also a new short film by Shola Lynch, documenting the project and its surprising evolution over the last few months.

 

JFK’s Only Grandson Jack Schlossberg Will Make You Do a Double Take
We’ve got our eye on him. Here are 6 things to know about the rising star.
If there was any confusion about the young man endorsing Joe Biden next to Caroline Kennedy at the Democratic convention last night, it was none other than her youngest child John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, aka Jack—the only grandson of JFK and Jackie O. And yes, he is the spitting image of his grandfather.

 

Are TikTok Teens Responsible for the Great Sewing Machine Shortage of 2020?
What started as an errand to JoAnn’s for a machine ended in a Craigslist bidding war.
Doretta Caprarola, director of marketing at Brother, tells me that I’m not the only one who had to fight for a machine. In light of manufacturer closures during the pandemic, Brother’s production of machines was significantly reduced — a concern considering skyrocketing demand. While Brother’s overall year-over-year sales increased roughly 30%, Caprarola says that certain Brother categories were up as much as 60% to 80%. “These are unprecedented growth trends,” she says.

 

Iconic ’60s Fashion Trends That We Still Love Today
The Swinging Sixties is known for major shifts in culture, politics, music, and fashion. Between second-wave feminism and the assassinations of major world leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Malcom X, the tumultuous decade had a direct connection with how people chose to express themselves through style.
The growing popularity of the bikini represented women embracing their bodies while the black turtleneck (like the one often worn by activist Kathleen Cleaver) became an icon for the Black Panther Party. Our modern-day struggles mirror the ’60s, so it only makes sense that there are so many fashion trends that continue to inspire us today. Miniskirts, fringe, bold florals, crochet, tie-dye and more were birthed from this decade, so let this roundup of iconic style moments serve as your mood board now.

 

‘I Never Had Such Responses To Anything’ Holland Taylor On Hollywood‘s Impact And Saving Broadway
The legendary actress on her Emmy-nominated Netflix series and bringing her Tony-nominated stage show ‘Ann’ to the screen.
Holland Taylor is well aware of the privilege of being healthy, housed and employed in the age of COVID. But she feels people shouldn’t forget that this has been a trying period. “I think it’s very depriving in ways that sound like we’re whining, but not really,” she says from quarantine at home in Los Angeles. “We’re very used to having the support of a society around us, as wonderful as it is that we can talk on the phone and do the Zoom things and FaceTime stuff. It does make a difference. Just imagine living through the influenza of 1918 where nobody had anything.”

 

‘Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies’ Review: A Comprehensive Documentary Lays the Cinema Bare
A lively look at how nudity in the movies can be art or exploitation. Sometimes in the same moment.
Even those who consider themselves experts in the subject will find a provocative treasure trove of images and anecdotes in “Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies.” Danny Wolf’s documentary is a breezy, open-eyed, and often encyclopedic compendium of all the ways the cinema has celebrated, exploited, and negotiated the power of the naked body. The film kicks off with a montage of actors and directors (Sean Young, Eric Roberts, Peter Bogdanovich) recalling the first movie they ever saw that had nudity in it, and that allows the film, in its early moments, to leap through some of Nudity’s Greatest Hits (“Ecstasy,” “Last Tango in Paris,” “The Blue Lagoon,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”).

 

Why Work From Home When You Can Work From Barbados, Bermuda or … Estonia?
Several countries with fragile tourist economies have started to offer visas that allow foreign nationals to live and work for a period of at least six months.
More than 7.3 million workers in the United States described themselves in 2019 as “digital nomads”: those who chose to embrace a location-independent lifestyle that allowed them to travel and work remotely. Even before the pandemic, the number of remote workers worldwide was growing: Research from the consulting firm MBO Partners found that the number of independent workers in the United States, which includes consultants, freelancers and temporary workers, was around 41 million in 2019.

 

Check Your Basement for Old Fishing Gear
It might be worth thousands at auction.
John Stephenson, a buyer for the British fishing auction house Thomas Turner, said he fields 10 to 20 phone calls a day from people inquiring about items they’ve found. Of those, he estimates, one in 10 have some value. Once a month, someone brings in something to his auction house that is worth five figures. “There are many more people looking for them now than there were 50 years ago,” he said of fishing antiques. Over the past several hundred years, there have been endless variations of fishing tackle — rods, reels, flies and lures — providing fertile ground for collectors, who thrive on subtle distinctions and rarity. “The 1850s period to the 1950s is the golden hundred years, where after that point fishing tackle became virtually all mass produced, and it lost the handmade appeal,” said Jim Schottenham, the valuator for Lang’s Auction, which specializes in fishing tackle.

 

 

 

 

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