TueDo List: Oscar Chat + Iconic NYC Films + Readers We Recco
Gen X (and older) leading ladies, man closets, and Tanzina Vega on money matters
📖 READ: The herstory of Women’s History Month, which surprisingly has only been a thing since 1987. This year, four Oscar-nominated actresses are 50 or older. TikTok’s “Bare Minimum Monday” trend is harder than it looks.
👀 LOOK: Legendary artist Karen Finley’s Instagram. These 29 nurse tattoos are both badass and sweet. Check out 100 Black + LGBTQ titles on Libby, the library app.
🎧 LISTEN: The best real songs from fake bands. “Freebird” on bagpipes. The Dark Side of the Moon turns 50. De La Soul finally makes it to streaming. Tyler Bainbridge and Joe Kerwin are on the new NYC indie music beat on Spotify (89 songs, so good, you’ll find something). The new 100 gecs album, 10,000gecs, is out on March 17 on vinyl.
🤣 LOL: This woman who designed a closet for a man who won’t use hangers or drawers is a GENIUS. LA’s influencer-to-gaffer ratio is off. Does anyone actually know how to use a printer??
🛒 ADD TO CART: These funky bright pouches from Min & Mon are small enough to stow when you need to act grown. A Clare V nod to a French New Wave classic that could also be read as a declaratively non-binary sweatshirt. The minimalist sweaters and slouchy trousers with pleats at The Reset have major winter 1997 vibes.
Thursday: Top Chef, Season 20, featuring 16 past-season finalists and winners from 11 countries vying for the World All-Star title (Bravo).
Friday. Swooney Idris Elba returns as London detective Luther (Netflix). UnPrisoned, inspired by Tracy McMillan’s life, stars Kerry Washington as a single mom whose formerly drug-dealing dad moves in with her and her teenage son (Hulu).
Sunday: The 95th Academy Awards. Come for the dresses, stay for the drama (ABC).
CHAT: Live Chat the Oscars with us! 🎥🏆
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STORY: The Luxury of Not Putting Money First
By Tanzina Vega
I grew up in a 26-story brick-faced public housing building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In the shadow of urban blight, my parents earned advanced degrees while working full time, studying on nights and weekends and raising two children. They, and eventually I, all attended public university and graduate school in New York City. We ate “government cheese” and generic cereal from black and white boxes. Empty crack vials and used heroin needles dotted our asphalt playgrounds and the pungent smell of urine and cigarettes penetrated our hallways and elevators. My reality was a far cry from the 1980s sitcoms that blasted into our apartment everyday, where (mostly white) people lived in houses with lawns, played football, drove nice cars and solved even the worst problems by the end of each show. I wanted so badly to know what it was like to smell flowers instead of urine, and to have the peace of a backyard instead of the noise of the streets. Common advice back then was that if we worked hard and went to school, we’d be able to escape poverty…
OBSESSED: Movies About When New York Was Seedy
By Garance Franke-Ruta
It’s a truism that we’re all time-travelers just by virtue of living through time, but few movies have shown so well how one person can have such richly different arcs in life as Laura Poitras’s All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, a nominee for Best Documentary at this year’s Oscars. The film moves backwards and forwards in time to tell the personal and political story of photographer and activist Nan Goldin, from her youth in New York City’s downtown underground to her recent campaign to get the art world to hold the Sackler family — major museum donors and also the makers of OxyContin — accountable. In so doing, the film tells the story of an evolving society and city.
There are places where time seems to stands still. New York City has never been one of them….
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