The Daily T LOunge for October 7, 2020

Posted on October 07, 2020

Rattan Bar and Lounge – Rhodes, Greece


Let’s lock ourselves away for the day, shall we? No sunlight or fresh air; just booze, soft lighting, and like-minded folk. It’s way too stressful out there to deal with anything else.

Oh, by the way, today is WEDNESDAY. The perfect day to be a weensy bit agoraphobic.

We have no musings or observations for you, but that seems to be the pattern for us. Right around mid-week, our musings tend to turn cranky and no one wants to read our crankiness. So talk amongst yourselves while we gear up for some non-cranky content-providing today. And speaking of providing, here is a lovely list of artisinally curated distractions for you:


Eddie Van Halen, Rock Legend and Guitar Hero, Dies at 65
His son, Wolfgang, shared the news on Twitter.
If things had gone differently, Eddie Van Halen might have made his mark as a pianist rather than a rock virtuoso — or, fans might prefer, Guitar God.
Fortunately for at least three generations of guitar players and hard rockers, Van Halen found his future in six-strings and influenced, easily, tens of thousands of players who followed him over the course of more than 40 years, primarily through the band that bore his name.
That legacy came to a close Tuesday when Van Halen died after his battle with cancer at age 65. His son, Wolfgang, shared the news on Twitter.


The Gender Gap
A hard look at voter data reveals the true impact women have on who gets to sit in the Oval Office.
There’s a tendency, when looking back on the history of women’s suffrage in the United States, to assume that it was inevitable that women would get the right to vote: By the time Tennessee became the final state to ratify the 19th Amendment, on August 18, 1920, 15 states had already granted women suffrage, starting with Wyoming, which became a state in 1890. (As a territory, it gave women suffrage in 1869.) How long could such an electoral-rights imbalance reasonably be expected to survive?


The Original Supermodels Are Getting an Apple TV+ Series
Yes, the original, indisputable pack of supermodels—Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford—have just struck a deal with Apple TV+ to both produce and star in a docu-series charting their path to unparalleled fashion fame in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
This will be no fluff project, either. Director Barbara Kopple, who has twice won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, will helm the series. On Instagram, Crawford wrote that the documentary won’t be a mere celebration and rehash of their established history. Rather, the series plans to “explore the dynamic personalities, and shifts in media and culture that helped shape and define this iconic era.” Hollywood heavyweights Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will produce.


Johnny Nash, Singer & Writer of ‘I Can See Clearly Now,’ Dies at 80
Johnny Nash, a singer-songwriter, actor and producer who rose from pop crooner to early reggae star to the creator and performer of the million-selling anthem “I Can See Clearly Now,” died Tuesday, his son said.
Nash was in his early 30s when “I Can See Clearly Now” topped the charts in 1972 and he had lived several show business lives. In the mid-1950s, he was a teenager covering “Darn That Dream” and other standards, his light tenor likened to the voice of Johnny Mathis. A decade later, he was co-running a record company, had become a rare American-born singer of reggae and helped launch the career of his friend Bob Marley.


Lily Collins on Emily In Paris, anxiety, finding love & finding herself after turning her back on ‘old habits’
[It’s] funny because we shot it a year ago at this time, which is crazy because now Americans aren’t allowed to even have that type of experience in Europe. To watch this show and remember what it felt like to shoot it at a time where I’m literally flipping through photos of travel in order to feel like I’m traveling is just such a weird concept. It’s something that’s positive and lighthearted. It’s a laugh, it’s pretty to look at and it’s wish fulfilment for travel. For me, it’s something that I’m really grateful to get to share because they feel like it’s a little bit of that escapism that we all need right now.


Read Betty Gilpin’s Eulogy for GLOW, “the Best Job I’ll Ever Have”
“Apparently numbers-wise, GLOW really only appealed to men in kimonos and women in cat hair, who, as far as I’m concerned, are the beating heart of the arts,” writes the three-time Emmy nominee.
GLOW was cancelled. I am sad. (If you are one of the many drowning in real life horrors at this time and the musings of a sulking marionette would be the thing that tilts your van wheel into a pond, please stop reading here and I wish you all the strength you need to get through this fecal hurricane of a time.)


In the Sahara, the Solace of Community Baking
In the Sahrawi refugee settlement, which has been in Western Algeria since 1975, baking workshops are building community bonds and health awareness.


Pumpkin Picking Is a Popular Pandemic Pick-Me-Up
Strawberry fields, apple orchards and pumpkin patches have seen high volumes of visitors, most of whom have been on their best behavior.


Permission granted for ‘major conservation and redevelopment’ of Old Library in Trinity College Dublin
The Old Library in Trinity College Dublin is due to get a facelift as Dublin City Council has granted planning permission for major conservation and redevelopment of the iconic library.
Recognised globally as a cultural landmark and adored by the Irish and tourists alike, the redevelopment of the library follows last month’s historic unveiling of the new Book of Kells Treasury.
The library is home to 350,000 early printed books, and 20,000 manuscript and archive collections which have been collected over the course of 400 years.
However, external pollution and dust accumulation are taking their toll on the collections and the fabric of the Old Library building, which called for a need to modernise environmental control and fire protection measures.


On the Day of a Historic Vice Presidential Debate, poet Tracy K. Smith Pays Tribute to Kamala Harris
When the news reached me in August that Senator Kamala Harris had been selected as Joe Biden’s running mate, it struck me that the Democratic Party was ready to listen—and to learn. Harris’s courage, brilliance, energy, and her decades of experience have long qualified her to help lead America forward out of our current national moment.
And her perspective as a woman of color is critical to doing the work of helping all of us heal from the strife of racism and racial division. Knowing that Harris’s voice will be central to this dialogue makes me believe that our American union can be strengthened and deepened.




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