The Daily T LOunge for October 28, 2020

Posted on October 28, 2020

Dear Lilly Lounge Bar and Restaurant – Hong Kong, China


Kittens, let’s all be as extra as we want to be. No excess is too much today, which is why this LOunge is so perfect as a hidey-hole from reality. Tasteful? Restrained? Not for this crowd on this day!

Said day being WEDNESDAY. A day worth celebrating, we think.

Like most of y’all, we’re pretty stressed and anxious this week for … reasons. It doesn’t help that the days are getting depressingly short, throwing off our internal clocks and adding to our sense of discombobulation. Our new Christmas tree arrives this week and we’re half-serious about just putting it up and enjoying it for as long as we can. Still, we think we’ll probably put it up closer to Thanksgiving (possibly even ON Thanksgiving since we won’t be having much of one) and then leave it up through January, which is so very not our usual way of doing things. Then again, who’s doing anything in the usual manner this year?

Anyway, talk amongst yourselves and enjoy our Smorgasbord of Distractions as much as you want. It’s all free!


How Indigenous Architecture Can Change the Way We Live on Earth
We’re beginning to understand a great irony of climate change: that the people most affected by it often did the least to cause it. What’s less discussed is that many of those people also have the technology, philosophy, and knowledge that could have prevented the rising temperatures, the uncontrollable wildfires, and the dying coral reefs in the first place.


Photos of Queen Elizabeth, Meghan Markle, and More Royal Family Members with Dogs
The royals know good boys when they see them.

As long as photography has been around, people have been taking dog pics—the royal family included. There are 150 years of royal-canine friendships caught on camera and we’ve rounded up the best of them, from Meghan Markle’s recent visit to an animal welfare charity to the Queen Mother’s lifelong passion for corgis.


“Born for This”: Meet the Solar Industry’s First Black Woman CEO
She’s the CEO of WeSolar, a community solar company providing affordable energy to low- and moderate-income families. Hansley became the first Black woman to launch a solar company when she founded WeSolar, already leaving her mark on an industry that is notoriously dominated by white people or, well, white men. Among senior executives, 88% are white and 80% are men, according to the 2019 U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study.


The hidden cost of the Peanuts holiday specials moving from ABC to AppleTV+
Streaming TV is artificially creating scarcity where none exists. That choice hurts viewers.
Each October for more than half a century, the beloved Peanuts Halloween special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has risen out of the pumpkin patch of TV programming and aired for free on a broadcast network, making it accessible to almost everyone. But that probably won’t happen in 2020 — for the first time since the special debuted in 1966.


Why You Should Know About Diane di Prima, the Beat Poet Decades Ahead of Her Time
Di Prima’s five children feature prominently in her work; she wrote brutally, frankly, and lovingly about aborting a child (“Brass Furnace Going Out”); she was a pioneer in environmental awareness and body positivity and the fat acceptance movement; and she wasn’t afraid of calling herself a revolutionary. A week or so out from an election that many people see as a defining moment in our history, her work seems ever more pressing and relevant—particularly her Revolutionary Letters.


Ghanaian Artist Kwesi Botchway Revels in the Many Colors of Blackness in a New London Show
“The human face is where our emotions are best displayed,” says Kwesi Botchway, the Ghanaian artist behind the painting, called Blue Stool Gaze. That’s where he tells his subjects’ stories. The face, and all the complexities it conveys, is the focus of an upcoming show of Botchway’s work at Gallery 1957 in London. Titled “Becoming as well as Being,” the exhibition, running October 28 through December 13, is co-curated by the British writer Ekow Eshun and will showcase 21 striking portraits that explore themes of identity, culture, and beauty. All of the works were created this year, during his residency at Gallery 1957’s original location in Accra, Ghana, under partial lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and amid a worldwide civil rights movement.


First Ladies
The Paradox of Being a Political ‘First’
In American politics, there is no prize for second place. But there is a price that comes with being first—to occupy an office, to crash through a ceiling, to break down a barrier—an issue reignited by Senator Kamala Harris’s historic nomination for vice president. We asked her and 11 other pioneering women about the privileges and pressures of being a political “first,” and setting new precedents in unprecedented times.


Le Creuset has unveiled a Star Wars range and you’re going to want everything
If you’re focusing on your Christmas wish list instead of the countdown and hoping to spruce up your kitchen, then we’ve got good news.Le Creuset has unveiled their new Star Wars collection, and fans of the franchise are going to love what’s on offer.
The iconic kitchenware brand has collaborated with Disney to create the range, which includes five pieces including three casserole dishes, a falcon themed trivet and a death star trivet.


Capturing the Heat and Crunch of Indonesian Cooking
In “Coconut & Sambal,” the chef Lara Lee leads a culinary expedition through one of the most populous countries in the world.

While the cuisines from nearby Thailand and Vietnam are celebrated globally, Indonesian food has struggled to gain the same recognition. (Similar to London, most major cities in the United States have just a handful of Indonesian restaurants. Kevindra Prianto Soemantri, a food writer in Jakarta, said this is in part because there are so few culinary ambassadors for Indonesian food, as there have been for other Asian cuisines. “We’re the largest country in Southeast Asia, but there are not many people that know our food outside of Indonesia,” he said. “We need chefs and cooks to promote our cuisine, the same way people have done with Thai and Japanese food.”




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