Happy Friday, friends! I am here to remind you to please fill out your Census forms, if you haven’t yet done so. It takes nearly no time at all, and it’s really important when it comes to all kinds of things — like deciding how much money your community gets for things like schools, hospitals, and roads. Take a few minutes and cross that off your list!
Also, I’m sure you’re already registered to vote, but if not, you can do that in a flash here (or check to make sure your registration is up to date or you haven’t been purged from the voter rolls). If you have any questions about voting or registering, I’m happy to answer them for you or help you find out the answer.
Finally, if you plan to vote by mail this year, MAIL IN YOUR BALLOT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, or use a ballot drop-off box. If you haven’t requested a mail-in ballot yet, you also need to do that ASAP. Trump’s crony Postmaster General is in the processing of breaking USPS — including removing mail sorting machines –and you need to assume anything you mail is going to take three times as long as it usually does. [WaPo]
Okay. In non-election related stuff, around these parts, among other things, we had a really fun Afternoon Chat about your childhood obsessions, picked out some waistless clothes, and I tackled JFK and Jackie’s wedding (and Angela Lansbury’s)! Plus, please don’t miss the wonder that is one of the best music videos ever made, and take notes on Dame Shirley Bassey’s exceptionally delightful airport style.
In other news:
At the New York Times: Ambition Has Always Been ‘Ladylike’
At Marie Claire: 100 Influential Women on Why They’re Voting in the 2020 Election
Also at the NYT, this piece about the collapse of the fashion industry is SO interesting and so well-done.
At the LA Times: Kamala Harris’ VP bid brings outpouring of pride among Indian Americans, a growing force in Democratic politics
LOGISTICS, at WaPo: Inside Biden’s unusual VP pick process: Tough questions, 11 finalists and many lawyers
So good, at GQ: The Man Behind the Fist: Olympic Icon Tommie Smith’s Enduring Protest
At Lainey: I can’t BELIEVE Brangelina are STILL bickering over their divorce!
Dolly Parton’s interview with Billboard is great. Protect Dolly at all costs!
ENRAGING, at Vanity Fair: “All These Rich People Can’t Stop Themselves”: The Luxe Quarantine Lives of Silicon Valley’s Elite
This is really fun and interesting and I spent a lot of time noodling with it: This is an experiment to identify generational gaps in music. [Pudding]
Also at Lainey, I laughed aloud at this headline: What Jared Leto will ruin next
Fun, at The Cut: Happy 10th Birthday to This Incredibly Polarizing Shoe
This is kind of rad: Will Smith to produce ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ remake based on a fan’s amazing trailer [Celebitchy]
This must have been such a big project to pull together: The 100 Greatest TV Characters of the 21st Century [Thrillist]
Vulture is doing a really interesting series on Broadway flops. Today’s is SO good: The bloody Broadway mess that was Dance of the Vampires.
This is really good: As Cullen Jones leaves Olympic-level competition, his mission is amplified
Fun, at Mr. Porter: The Most Excellent Style Legacy Of Bill And Ted
Finally, this is brilliant:
“HOW TO MAKE A BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE TRAILER”
— Michael Warburton (@mikewarburton) August 14, 2020
And this is A DELIGHT:
Howdy Y’all! Meet Curbside Larry…. We Got’em! #libraries #curbsidepickup pic.twitter.com/Rkvzrt3ScU
— Harris County Public Library (@harriscountypl) July 22, 2020