Farewell to the king of fashion
“Karl Lagerfeld, the most prolific designer of the 20th and 21st centuries and a man whose career formed the prototype of the modern luxury fashion industry, died on Tuesday in Paris.” Vanessa Friedman has the New York Times obituary for Lagerfeld, the designer who defined luxury fashion.
Chanel announced his death at age 85 on Tuesday, and beyond his indelible imprint on fashion, one thing that’s clear from the tributes is that Lagerfeld was also endlessly quotable. Michael Barbaro shares some “Choice quotes from Karl Lagerfeld: ‘Sweatpants are a sign of defeat,” and ‘I’m very much down to earth. Just not this earth.’” And Jennifer Smith highlights, “‘Please don’t say I work hard. People buy dresses to be happy, not to hear about somebody who suffered over a piece of taffeta.’”
Eric Wilson writes the Business of Fashion’s obit for the creative director of Chanel and Fendi and founder of his own line, Karl Lagerfeld Dies in Paris, at 85 (72,000+ shares). For more on the fashion legend, read Joelle Diderich’s obituary for Women’s Wear Daily, Karl Lagerfeld Dies in Paris, and Nicole Phelps’ tribute in Vogue, Legendary Designer Karl Lagerfeld Has Died, in which she notes, “Longevity is Lagerfeld’s greatest achievement, but his career has been marked by countless smaller ones.” Tweets Julia Macfarlane, “Imagine being such a talent and visionary that at 85 you continue to anticipate the zeitgeist without fail, year after year, better than most people a fifth of your age. RIP Karl Lagerfeld, cultural titan.”
Return of the Bern
We hope you’re sitting down for this totally unexpected turn of events. Vermont Public Radio was first with the news that He’s In For 2020: Bernie Sanders Is Running For President Again 46,000+ shares). Referring to Sanders’ comment, “We have got to look at candidates, you know, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age,” Matthew Yglesias tweets, “This answer seems perfectly calibrated to make people Mad Online.”
At The Washington Post, Jeff Stein gives his analysis of Bernie Sanders’s 2020 policy agenda: Medicare for All; action on climate change; $15 an hour minimum wage.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Cohn of HuffPost brought us the scoop that Elizabeth Warren is unveiling a sweeping plan for universal child care. As Arthur Delaney puts it, “Elizabeth Warren seems to think high child poverty is a bad thing.” “Big. @ewarren isn’t proposing a wealth tax for fun. She is set to reveal a plan that would spend a chunk of that money on universal childcare. A family of four making $50,000 would pay nothing for childcare,” explains Anand Giridharadas.
The lawsuits begin
Bill Ritter points out that “the Justice Dept. warned Pres. @realDonaldTrump his ‘national emergency’ declaration about the border would lead quickly to lawsuits that would put a temporary stay on his order.” And it looks like the Justice Department was right. Charlie Savage and Robert Pear of The New York Times have the details as 16 States Sue to Stop Trump’s Use of Emergency Powers to Build Border Wall (76,000+ shares). Savage notes, “This article doubles as an explainer of the issues the lawsuits challenging Trump’s unilateral border wall spending will confront. The outcome is likely to turn on matters other than the high constitutional principles that have dominated the discussion.” The states involved: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia.
So, uh, there’s this, or as Catherine Rampell puts it, “What the.” Goodloe Sutton, the longtime editor of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper in Linden, Alabama, published an editorial calling for “the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again” against “Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats [who] are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.” The Montgomery Advertiser’s Melissa Brown brings us that story, including the fact that, when “[a]sked to elaborate what he meant by ‘cleaning up D.C.,’ Sutton suggested lynching.” Chris Bartlett calls it “America. 2019,” while Conor Friedersdorf says, “Once again, if one believes that social stigma should ever be marshaled to uphold any taboo, this matter surely crosses the threshold—but I suspect it will generate less umbrage than, for example, a Catholic school teenager alleged to have smirked. Why?”
Moving on, Amy Harmon tweets, “Please read my story about the African-American mathematician @edraygoins -- and about what another black mathematician described to me as ‘the racism of educated people.’ By which he really meant, educated white people.” That’s her piece in The New York Times, For a Black Mathematician, What It’s Like to Be the ‘Only One.’ Edray Goins is one of about a dozen black mathematicians among nearly 2,000 tenured faculty members in the nation’s top 50 math departments. “Whether your math career ended with basic algebra or advanced calculus, this piece is worth a read,” tweets Marc Lacey. Adds Matthew Zeitlin, “This is a straightforward story about microaggressions driving a black man out of research academia and yet there's a thriving culture of what are essentially STEM identity politics telling us that this stuff is fake and doesn't matter.”
Buckets full of uranium
Well, this is pretty horrifying. John D’Anna links to some “Great watchdog reporting from @azrover: They left three 5-gallon buckets of uranium ore sitting right where children gather -- for 18 years.” At the Arizona Republic, Dennis Wagner reports, Grand Canyon tourists exposed for years to radiation in museum building, safety manager says. How did they find out? Wagner writes that “the uranium threat was discovered in March 2018 by the teenage son of a park employee who happened to be a Geiger counter enthusiast, and brought a device to the museum collection room.” “Uh, WHAT???” says Ann Gerhart. Yep, “This story is BANANAS,” as Laura J. Nelson tweets.
Monster news (in a good way)
Charles Ornstein tweets, “Thank you @knightfdn for supporting the expansion of the @ProPublica Local Reporting Network.” ProPublica’s Kristen Hare reports that the Knight Foundation is putting $300 million toward rebuilding local news. “Declines in trust for media and other democratic institutions? ‘... we think that local news is actually the best place to start rebuilding it,’” tweets Michael Kruse. As Bradford Pearson says, “This is monster news, and it couldn’t come at a more dire time.”
Read more about that project from the Knight Foundation and how you can Help Build the Future of Local News and Make Our Democracy Stronger.
Help I feel attacked
“Haha. Oh wait. Oh no. Oh god no,” tweets Matthew Chambers. Beckett Mufson says, “This is assault.” They’re referring to a story from Clickhole that is utterly Heartbreaking: This Man Works For A Website. And also: “ice goddamn cold,” as Ryan Perry tweets. “Help I feel attacked,” says Joe Rice-Jones. Adds Holden Lewis, “I need to lie down now.”
Jason Horowitz and Elisabetta Povoledo of The New York Times have learned about The Vatican’s Secret Rules for Priests Who Have Children (20,000+ shares), writing, “The issue is becoming harder to ignore. ‘It’s the next scandal,’ Mr. Doyle said. ‘There are kids everywhere.’” Mr. Doyle is Vincent Doyle, a psychotherapist in Ireland, who was 28 when he found out that the Roman Catholic priest he had always known as his godfather was actually his biological father.
Charlie De Mar, Brad Edwards and Suzanne LeMignot of WBBM CBS Chicago have been doing a lot of digging into the Jussie Smollett case and have uncovered some clues into the potential motive behind the attack. Multiple sources tell them the “Empire” actor was upset after a racist letter sent to the show’s studio didn’t get a “bigger reaction.”
Duff McDonald says, “@PekingMike and @waltbogdanich are at it again. This one reveals the porousness of a so-called Chinese Wall at McKinsey.” He’s referring to the latest from Michael Forsythe, Walt Bogdanich and Bridget Hickey of The New York Times, As McKinsey Sells Advice, Its Hedge Fund May Have a Stake in the Outcome — or as Thornton McEnery puts it, “TFW no shit.”
Alan White calls this “Bombshell reporting on the Labour split from @alexwickham and @HannahAlOthman,” while Mark Di Stefano thinks it’s “Incredibly cool that the UK’s new centrist movement is factionalised on *day one*.” They link to the report by Alex Wickham and Hannah Al-Othman of BuzzFeed News, 30 MPs Discussed Quitting Labour, But The Chaos Of The New Independent Group Turned Them Off.
Jasmin Mujanovic says this is “What you call a punishing read by @thomaswright08 and it’s spot-on. More contemporary policy writing needs to soberly assess the profound depths of the current crisis in Western leadership & the weight with which it is collapsing in on itself.” In his piece for The Atlantic, Thomas Wright writes about the Mutual Distrust at the 2019 Munich Security Conference.
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And we’re just going to leave this one right here: Robert Booth of The Guardian reports on a four-day week trial: study finds lower stress but no cut in output. Chant it with us and Sean Griffiths: “FOUR DAY WEEK, FOUR DAY WEEK…”