“In the aftermath of shelter-in-place orders in California during the Covid-19 crisis, the Ripped Bodice bookstore in Los Angeles launched a “Build Your Own Care Package” program to stir up online sales this month. The shop has been closed to foot traffic with all events canceled since March 16, but the romance bookseller has already shipped more than 330 packages with a waiting list of over 800 customers.”
Care Packages Help Bookstores Amid Covid-19 Closures, by Jason Boog, Publishers Weekly, 27 March 2020
Wait… we have such a bookstore in Los Angeles? Am I always the LAST TO KNOW THESE COOL THINGS? We are SO going there if they’re still in business after all this pandemic stuff.
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“4. Let’s face it, there are a few things NYC is really good at. The subway, the bagels, Broadway and opera. Because the Metropolitan Opera is dark right now, they are streaming a different performance from their Live in HD series every day, gratis.
“8. Lana Del Rey may scoff at those who play video games, but if there ever was a time to play Bio Menace, Hello Neighbor or Ultima, now is that time. GOG.com is serving up 27 DRM-free classics and indie games right now.
“9. Interested in something a bit more practical? Udacity is giving away free tech training to recently laid-off workers. Starting today, the California company is offering its 4-6 month online courses for nothing. Udacity classes typically cover topics like artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital marketing, product management, data analysis, cloud computing and autonomous vehicles — and typically they go for $400 a month.”
10 Things that are Suddenly Free, by Tony Pierce, Los Angeleno, 26 March 2020
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“Pop-up shops, student accommodation … ICUs. Two-bed prototype for a fraction of the cost of other options being built in coronavirus-hit Italy.”
Architect in Italy turns shipping containers into hospitals for treating Covid-19, by Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian, 27 March 2020
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“States like New York and California have made gig workers eligible for jobless benefits and sick days. But the companies have resisted complying.”
Drivers Say Uber and Lyft Are Blocking Unemployment Pay, by Noam Scheiber, NYT, 24 March 2020
Plus ça change…
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Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
“West coast street artist Hijack Art has created a mural of two soldiers fending off the coronavirus in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of LA. ‘This particular issue involving the coronavirus and all the devastation it’s leaving in its wake, was a no-brainer for me,’ said the artist. ‘The fear and call to action of this pandemic has really captured the imagination of many in and outside my city.’ Located at the intersection of West Pico Boulevard at Reeves Street, the two characters in the piece are wearing Hazmat suits, while attempting to fend off the virus with a feather duster, Windex, hand sanitizer and a vacuum bearing a ‘No Covid-19’ symbol. It taps into the dire need for alcohol-based hand sanitizers. ‘It’s been a mixed bag of careless spring breakers, toilet paper hoarders, conspiracy theorists and hypochondria,’ adds Hijack. ‘I’m being told “it feels like we’re in wartime,” so I also wanted to add that element to the piece.'”
‘It feels like wartime’: how street artists are responding to coronavirus, by Nadja Sayej, The Guardian, 25 March 2020
Ah, the muralists of Los Angeles.
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“‘The American healthcare system is a leading example of an institution that, under political protection, redistributes income upwards to hospitals, physicians, device-makers, and pharmaceutical companies while delivering among the worst health outcomes of any rich country,’ the economists write.”
Deaths of despair: why America’s medical industry explains working-class suicides, by Chris McGreal, The Guardian, 19 March 2020
“They were bold, badass – and brief. But Batman’s short-lived female sidekicks give us hope that women in comics are good for more than just sticking in a fridge.”
80 years of Robin: the forgotten history of the most iconic sidekick, by Julia Savoca Gibson, The Guardian, 18 March 2020
Hat tip to Gail Simone for creating the Women in Refrigerators website.
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“Taylor & Francis has published a microsite that aggregates and organises all recently published COVID-19 research in one portal, including all relevant research articles and book chapters. All breaking research relating to COVID-19 is freely accessible in support of global efforts in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and further research into the virus. New research will be added to the microsite as soon as it breaks.”
Taylor & Francis launches Covid-19 portal, by Taylor & Francis, 23 March 2020
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The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.
Vincent Van Gogh
“At the time, my friend Brian argued that if it came down to it, he wanted to be able to defend himself. That if he didn’t have a gun, he was really just prepping for his someone else, who could just come and take all his carefully curated supplies.”
The Case For Not Panic Buying A Gun, by Jacob Margolis, LAist, 18 March 2020
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“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”
“In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There’s every reason to believe he was right. In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn’t happen. Instead, technology has been marshaled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more. In order to achieve this, jobs have had to be created that are, effectively, pointless. Huge swathes of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they secretly believe do not really need to be performed. The moral and spiritual damage that comes from this situation is profound. It is a scar across our collective soul. Yet virtually no one talks about it.”
On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant, by David Graeber, The Strike, Issue 3 The Summer Of… August 2013
The post that got a book deal for a great book.
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“As a longtime health care reporter, I see the unfolding coronavirus pandemic as representing everything I’ve read about — from the early days of epidemiology to the staggering toll of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic — but had not covered in my lifetime.
“And still, I have been caught off guard by the pushback from top elected officials and even some friends and acquaintances who keep comparing it to the flu.”
This Coronavirus Is Unlike Anything in Our Lifetime. The Facts You Need To Know, by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, 15 March 2020
“‘We buy valuable handwritings of Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly, Charles Lindbergh, Napoleon Bonaparte and other well-known personalities at worldwide auctions,’ says the company on Instagram. ‘And all this just to irretrievably destroy these precious artifacts [sic] for our new SEKRÈ luxury handbags. 📜✂️Insane? Maybe a bit, but we do it intentionally.'”
“The practice has been condemned by antiquarian booksellers. ‘Once a manuscript has been taken apart in this way it is lost forever. They are part of our shared history,’ said Sally Burdon, president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. ‘It is difficult to understand any motivating factor behind the making the Sekrè handbags beyond the single obvious one of seeking a point of difference to make more sales … Is this destruction really worth it? Letters and manuscripts give us an insight into the character of the author of the letter and a feel for the time when they were written. This can be said for both an important letter and even something as apparently insignificant as a shopping list or a thank you letter.'”
Bag firm adds ‘unique’ appeal by stitching in historical figures’ letters, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 14 March 2020
What the f…? Huh.
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