The Daily T LOunge for November 3, 2020

Posted on November 03, 2020

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No time for small talk, kittens! We’re off to vote – possibly while you’re reading this! Feel free to chat amongst yourselves until we get back. And if you haven’t voted yet, please consider doing so in a safe manner.

Oh. Today is TUESDAY. But come on, you knew that already.

Stay hydrated, don’t spend the day checking the returns, and use this LOunge as your place for centering yourself, for relaxation, for self-care or simply to take your mind of things. And in that vein, please enjoy our artisanally curated charcuterie board of distractions:

 

 

Anjelica Huston Still Marvels at the Transition of Weed into “Wellness”
The actress talks about her transformative roles, a new Gucci campaign, and why food lately is “much more interesting than going out and looking for lovers. What can I say? It’s all backward.”
“I was a bit of an anomaly when I was modeling. I kind of wanted to look like the Clairol girl, but that was never to be my destiny. But I enjoyed a good career as a model, and I worked with great people and I learned a lot from them. I don’t think there’s anything now that compares with the sort of elation of working for somebody like Richard Avedon or Bob Richardson or Helmut Newton or Guy Bourdin or Irving Penn—half of the people that I had the privilege of working with, who taught me so much and recognized me. And also the designers: Halston and Giorgio Sant’Angelo and Zandra Rhodes, wonderful people. I think that culture has changed radically. The shows that we did for Halston were fantastic, and there’s nothing really now to compare with that in my book.”

 

A Look Back at the Very ’90s “Rock the Vote” Campaign
Today we have celebrities on social media imploring their followers to go vote, but in 1990, there was “Rock the Vote,” which featured the music industry’s range of pop stars and celebrities to speak about the importance of voting. The initiative was created 30 years ago by Virgin Records music executive Jeff Ayeroff in a response to censorship of rock and rap lyrics, and who had seen it as suppression to freedom of speech. The initiative’s purpose was to share information and encourage voter participation among the youth. While the campaign kicked off in 1990, the organization still exists today. But the ’90s videos are particularly special, in all of their grainy and experimental glory, featuring the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, and Iggy Pop. And while each message was tailored to the participants personality, the message was the same: Get out and vote.

 

Why an Old-School Alarm Clock—Not a Smartphone—Is the Secret to a Better Night’s Sleep
Unsettling push notifications from CNN. An influx of pressing work emails. 97 unread texts from your friend group chat. None of these things should be the last thing you see at night, nor the first thing you lay your eyes on in the morning. And despite this very obvious truth and the fact that excessive screen time has been linked to exacerbating just about every mental and physical health condition that besets us, smartphone addiction is a stark reality for many—if not most. And with daylight saving time newly ended, it’s crucial to acknowledge that sleeping in the same room as our smartphone, as well as using it as an alarm to wake up, is an acute part of the problem.

 

Christian Siriano Celebrated Día de los Muertos at Gitano
In 2018, Christian Siriano designed a floaty, red tulle dress with as many layers as a slice of mille crepe cake for his longtime muse Sia. This past Saturday night, he opted to borrow the dress and wear it to his Día de los Muertos celebration, which he cohosted alongside the Misshapes. “Hopefully @siamusic will approve!” he wrote in an Instagram caption for his festive ensemble. He added to the look a face mask in the same shade of scarlet for practical reasons.

 

How to Write a Great Speech, According to the Obamas’ Speechwriter
It was the summer of 1998, the end of her junior year of college, when Sarah Hurwitz fell in love with the art form of writing the perfect speech, having scored an internship at the White House in Vice President Al Gore’s speechwriting office. “Every day, his staff used words to move, inspire, comfort, and empower people,” she recalls. “I still can’t imagine a better way to spend a career.”
And what an extraordinary career Hurwitz’s has been. After graduating from Harvard Law School, she became the chief speechwriter for Hillary Rodham Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaign. Eventually, she returned to the White House, serving as the head speechwriter for first lady Michelle Obama and as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama between 2009 and 2017.
Here, Hurwitz shares 11 nuggets of speechwriting wisdom that she’s garnered along the way so that you can shine at your next public address, whether that be a televised political debate, a work presentation, or a toast at your best friend’s wedding.

 

Step Inside The Museum of Obsolete Library Science
There’s a popular misconception that librarians as a profession are conservative. Not politically conservative, but literally conservative—wanting to keep old stuff. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth—we are often on the cutting edge of using new technologies, and always looking for the most efficient, up-to-date way to help our patrons. Thomas J. Watson Library, for example, paid for the Museum’s first T1 line to bring the internet into the building, and our Lita Annenberg Hazen and Joseph H. Hazen Center for Electronic Resources, founded in 1997, was the first dedicated electronic resources center in an art museum. We are forward thinking, technology-savvy, and driven to find the most modern way possible to fulfill our patrons’ needs. However, the dirty little secret is that sometimes the old stuff, while no longer useful, is actually cool.

 

The Most Prolific Celebrity Photographer Never Published Her Work
No photographer was better positioned to get publicity than the late Camilla McGrath. In 1963, the Italian countess married Earl McGrath, a gregarious American record executive and art gallerist, putting her right at the intersection of bohemia and high society. From then on, Camilla documented her social life extensively, amassing 103 albums’ worth of gatherings like Jerry Hall’s baby shower and Anjelica Huston’s wedding. But, considering them private mementoes, she never sold nor even exhibited them. Now that they finally have come to light, in the book Face to Face: The Photographs of Camilla McGrath, it’s understandable why. “The kids and the stars were treated the same way,” says Griffin Dunne, whose aunt, Joan Didion, was one of McGrath’s closest friends. “I’d drop by after my shift at Beefsteak Charlie’s and finish the day eating a plate of leftover pasta with Mick Jagger.” That’s exactly how McGrath photographed them, too—so naturally, so unpretentiously, that Andy Warhol, Fran Lebowitz, Jerry Hall, David Hockney, and the rest who ran in their circle might as well be family.

 

Pay Phones Turned Into Public Art, in “Titan”
In 2021, New York City’s phone booths will be removed to make way for Wi-Fi kiosks. Meanwhile, a dozen artists, including Glenn Ligon and Patti Smith, are making creative use of them.
New York City’s pay phones are obsolete, and, by early next year, they will also be history—removed to make way for Wi-Fi kiosks. Through Jan. 3, a dozen artists (including Glenn Ligon, Patti Smith, and Jimmie Durham, whose contribution is pictured above) are making creative use of phone booths along Sixth Avenue, from Fifty-first to Fifty-sixth Streets. The project, called “Titan,” was co-curated by Damián Ortega and Bree Zucker, in collaboration with the Kurimanzutto gallery.

 

This Intimate Documentary Reveals A New Side To Frida Kahlo
“Kahlo has become an icon for so many disparate groups of people, admired for her politics, her approach to disability, gender fluidity, cultural identity and, of course, for her style of dress,” the film’s director Ali Ray. “We only have to look at the sea of homeware, tote bags and T-shirts with her image on to see how many people want a piece of her – or at least a piece of what she represents to them. I felt that, despite all of this, the majority of her artwork remains relatively unknown. Being an artist was a huge part of Kahlo’s own identity, so although her personal life has been incredibly well-documented, it seemed strange to me that her life as an artist wasn’t. I wanted to address that.” The 90-minute film – now in cinemas – reveals Kahlo in all her guts and glory.

 

Sophia Loren on Her Triumphant Return to Movies With Netflix’s ‘The Life Ahead’
“During the war in Pozzuoli, I would take refuge in movie houses and be immersed in all these amazing Hollywood films and daydream about all the Hollywood stars,” Loren says.
Echoes of this traumatic period reverberate throughout her filmography: in the resourceful desperation of a wartime mother trying to protect her daughter in “Two Women,” in the blind allegiance an average housewife shows Mussolini in “A Special Day,” in the bombing of the brothel where the shell-shocked prostitute hides at the outset of “Marriage Italian Style.”
As a girl in Pozzuoli, the future Ms. Loren went by Sofia Scicolone, which was a source of some controversy in the conservative Catholic town, since the surname belonged to Sofia’s father, who had refused to marry her mother, Romilda Villani, leaving the family to fend for itself. “It was very difficult to go to school because people were kidding that I had no father,” she remembers.

 

Shirley MacLaine’s Secret to Her Longevity: ‘I’m Not a Diva’
“Even though I tell people the truth, I’m not a diva. That comes from my 3-year-old ballet training. I’ve got to go all the way back to that and just hard, honest work, with quite a bit of art, if you can muster it, thrown in. I’ve also stayed in the business and never thought about quitting because I wanted to pay for plane tickets to travel. I didn’t socialize Hollywood style. I’d rather travel to a country I hadn’t been to. So when I think about my life, I’m not sure I wouldn’t put the travels a bit above show business.”

 

The Original Nachos Were Crunchy, Cheesy and Truly Mexican
Ballpark and Tex-Mex nachos are both ubiquitous in the United States. But the original version is deeply rooted in the borderlands and Mexican home cooking.

 

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