March 13, 2020

Weekend reads: How to sanitize your phone

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    Ben Palmer's reads

    Coronavirus spurs movie release delays, music festival cancellations, more in the entertainment world. The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused shutdowns and delays throughout America, and the entertainment industry is no exception. So far, the outbreak has led to the cancellation of several major music festivals, including South by Southwest, Coachella, and the Electronics Entertainment Expo. It's also pushed back the release of several films, such as the U.S. release of "No Time to Die," which was moved from April to late November; "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway," which was moved from late March/early April to August; "A Quiet Place Part II," which was moved from March 19 to an unannounced later date; and "Fast and Furious 9," which was moved from May 22 to April 2, 2021. Meanwhile, several TV shows will be taped without live studio audiences, including "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy," as well as late-night shows "The Tonight Show," "Late Night with Seth Meyers," "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," and the "Daily Show." In addition, actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson announced Wednesday that they have both tested positive for the new coronavirus.

    Your phone is gross. Here's how to clean it amid the coronavirus outbreak. By now, you've probably heard plenty of advice to stop touching your face to protect yourself against the new coronavirus. But CDC has also warned Americans that phones are a "high-touch surface," meaning they could carry the virus. So, to help keep you phones clean, the New York Times recently published a guide. According to the guide, do not use bleach or aerosol spray to clean your phone. Instead, try "[a] gentle wipe" with 70% isopropyl alcohol. According to CDC, disinfectants that the Environmental Protection Agency has registered will do the trick, too. In addition, the Times says consider changing your behavior when it comes to touching phones. For instance, AT&T recommends that instead of passing a phone around to share photos, share them electronically.

    Danielle Poindexter's reads

    Italians reflect on life under lockdown. Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte earlier this week announced a nationwide lockdown as cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, continued to rise. As of Friday morning at 10:33 ET, there are just over 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. During the lockdown, only necessary stores, like pharmacies and supermarkets, are open. Cafes are forced to close at 6 p.m. People are allowed to go to work only if they must. Although the lockdown is now nationwide, some villages have been under such conditions for weeks already. For instance, 40 miles southeast of Milan, more than 50,000 people across 11 villages and towns were put in a complete quarantine in February. At the end of February, in Northern Italy, the lockdown had already proven to be difficult for some citizens. With the post offices closed, some elderly residents were not able to access their pensions, the Washington Post reported in late February. Beppe Severgnin, writing for the New York Times from Crema, a small town under lockdown, said the town feels very "un-Italian. Normally, people charge into each other and greet with affection, shaking hands, kissing and embracing." He added, "Fear of Covid-19 forces us to repudiate those senses. It's painful."

    A thrift shop art piece found to be an original Dalí print. When Wendy Hawkins came across a wood engraving print at Hotline Pink Thrift Shop in North Carolina, she knew she'd stumbled across "something special," she said.  The piece was "with a bunch of other paintings lined up on the floor" and was priced between $10 and $50. Hawkins contacted Melanie Smith, owner of the Seaside Art Gallery, to research the piece. Smith later learned that the art piece was a 1950s woodcut print by Salvador Dalí, marked with a handwritten and wood stamp signature. The piece, called Purgatory Canto 32, was part of a series of 100 illustrations based on Dante Alighieri's the "Divine Comedy." According to Vanessa Romo for NPR, Dalí was commissioned to make the series in honor of Alighieri's birthday. He made 100 watercolor paintings for each chapter of the book and reproduced the works as wood engravings. Once the piece was authenticated, Smith sold it for $1,200 and donated the proceeds to a nonprofit shelter. Hawkins and Smith never found out where the piece came from.

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