“The biggest change: Instead of quickly sedating people who had shockingly low levels of oxygen and then putting them on mechanical ventilators, many doctors are now keeping patients conscious, having them roll over in bed, recline in chairs and continue to breathe on their own — with additional oxygen — for as long as possible. The idea is to get them off their backs and thereby make more lung available. A number of doctors are even trying patients on a special massage mattress designed for pregnant women because it has cutouts that ease the load on the belly and chest.”
What Doctors on the Front Lines Wish They’d Known a Month Ago, by Jim Dwyer, NYT, 14 April 2020
“While you imagine Trump would love to unilaterally crown himself king of the US, he doesn’t have the power to postpone an election, as Clinton noted. Since 1845, federal law has mandated that presidential elections be held on “the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November”. Only Congress can change that – and it would be an arduous process, even before you factor in the House of Representatives being controlled by Democrats. Even if Congress did postpone the election, there would still be an expiry date on Trump’s term. The 20th amendment to the constitution dictates that if an election does not happen, or Trump refuses to step down, his presidency will automatically end on 20 January 2021. The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, would then become acting president.” Emphasis mine
Trump can’t cancel the election – but he will try to stop people voting, by Arwa Mahdawi, The Guardian, 14 April 2020
Democracy in the U.S.; it’s wonderful!
“Tomás Delgado’s family has been making guitars in Los Angeles for three generations. Customers have been coming to their Boyle Heights shop, Candelas Guitars, since 1947. It’s origins stretch back to 1928 in Juarez, Mexico, where his grandfather first opened a store, which eventually served some of Mexico’s most famous musicians.”
One Of LA’s Oldest Guitar Shops Is Hurting — Like Most Music Businesses, by Betto Arcos, LAist, 17 April 2020
“Cactus Communications has announced the launch of covid19.researcher.life, a platform aimed at offering researchers a single – and the world’s largest – platform for all Covid-19-related research, insights, commentary, and expert recommendations. The site offers researchers access to the latest research and information on Covid-19 and allows them to collaborate and share potential hypotheses and challenges with researchers from other disciplines. www.covid19.researcher.life”
Cactus aiming for world’s largest Covid-19 research platform, by Research Information, 16 April 2020
“The LA Times announced the winners of their 2019 book prizes on Friday: Fiction Ben Lerner, The Topeka School Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Namwali Serpell, The Old Drift Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction Marlon James, Black Leopard, Red Wolf The Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose Emily Bernard…”
Lerner, Serpell and James Among LA Times Book Prize Winners, by Michael Cader, Publishers Lunch, 17 April 2020
“On the corner of Cherokee Avenue on Hollywood Boulevard, in the heart of the moviemaking capital of the world, sits an 82-year-old bookshop that has attracted film lovers, memorabilia collectors and aspiring moviemakers for decades. The historic Larry Edmunds Bookshop specializes can even be seen on the silver screen in films like ‘Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.’ But in the wake of coronavirus, the owner, Jeffrey Mantor, is worried his shop won’t survive. Two days ago, he started a GoFundMe to raise support from the community. It’s already topped $26,000 dollars but that might not be enough.” ~snip~ “Before it was the movie-making capital of the world, Hollywood was home to booksellers row. The bookshops migrated out of downtown and into the then burgeoning Hollywood in the early 1900s.”
Historic Hollywood Bookstore Launches GoFundMe To Stay Alive During Covid Shutdown, by Lori Galarreta, LAist, 17 April 2020
“See some of the notable new fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books released this week that need attention and support. And check our shops at Bookshop and Aerbook for more new releases from the past few weeks.”
Free Resources: The Latest Updates, by Michael Cader, Publishers Lunch, 17 April 2020
“At the end of a week that’s seen a deluge of negative headlines, both in the media business and the news in general, there remain plenty of opportunities to look for the helpers. As we have each of the last three Fridays, today we highlight four more publishers who are giving back in some way to institutions, healthcare providers or everyday people in need of some support to get through this crisis.”
4 Shout-Outs to Publishers Doing Their Part During the COVID-19 Outbreak | April 17, by Folio, 17 April 2020
Elsevier and ExactCure review 20 drugs for Covid-19 therapies, by Research Information, 17 April 2020
Where there is great love, there are always wishes.
With time, art developed Bip, my alter ego. He was not only a lion tamer or a street musician but a soldier revealing the tragedy of ephemeral life.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
You exist only in what you do.
You reclaim your power by loving what you were once taught to hate.
Bryant H. McGill
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.
The sea complains upon a thousand shores.
Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?