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Get Ready to Stand in Line for a Long Time Once Lockdown Ends

Beleaguered Americans long to return to their favorite restaurants and other non-essential neighborhood spots as soon as it is safe to do so. We are ready for late weekend mornings spent over a cup of diner coffee, or calendars booked again with familiar rituals like haircuts or color appointments.

Something we might not be prepared for: the lines outside those businesses, which will undoubtedly have new capacity caps limiting how many people may enter at a time. 

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How Tim Kaine, in Face Mask Bandana, Became the Senate’s Coolest Cowboy

You might think of Tim Kaine as a fairly vanilla figure in national politics. He has bushy eyebrows, an “aw shucks” grin, and plenty of red and blue ties. He is non-threatening and mild-mannered with hobbies like “reading or jamming on the harmonica.” He was dubbed “America’s stepdad” during the 2016 election. You might imagine Tom Hanks playing him in an inevitable Hillary Clinton biopic.

But there’s another side to Tim Kaine, one that counters his cultivated persona, and this town ain’t big enough for the two of ‘em.



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Prepare for Sex and Dating to Get Even More Complicated Once the Lockdown Lifts

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For the past two months, Katie Holliday has been cooped up alone in her Brooklyn apartment thinking longingly about an unlikely erogenous zone: the lower half of a stranger’s face. 

“I remember joking to my friend before all of this started, ‘Imagine if someone’s face becomes their most coveted body part?’” Holliday, who is 31, told The Daily Beast. “‘When someone removes their mask, is it a sign of trust? Is it like letting someone see you naked?’ I was kidding back then, but now it’s reality.”

Holliday doesn’t know exactly when it will be safe to start seeing people like she did before the pandemic began, but she’ll return to a singles scene unlike any other in history. “I’m picturing walking into a bar where everyone’s wearing masks,” she said. “I’ll meet someone whose face is covered. Are they cute or not? I don’t know!” 

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The Met Gala Did Happen, and It Went on for 24 Hours

On Instagram, celebrities like Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner, and Emily Ratajkowski are mourning the cancellation of the Met Gala, posting memories of their past looks on the famed museum’s steps. But over on Twitter, the party is in full swing. 

As reported by The New York Times, a group of young women are hosting a 24-hour HF Twit Met Gala, encouraging any and all users to join in the festivities. This virtual first Monday in May has been in the works since November, when a 19 year-old University of Michigan aerospace engineering student named Aria Olson decided to host an online Met Gala for members of “hft,” or high fashion twitter (the lower case lettering is theirs).

In the same way that Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Emma Stone were to co-chair the actual event, which is helmed by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Olson chose 10 fellow enthusiasts to serve as coordinators. As Vogue reported, the full team consists of Alejandra Beltran, Chloe Kennedy, Jana Dragićević, Margaux Merz, Perla Montan, Raebele, Rebeca Spitz, Samantha Haran, Senam Attipoe, and Sofía Abadi. None are older than 22. The youngest, Dragićević, is 15.



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