monday memo 121: faces, vacations & books
Welcome to the Monday Memo — your pop culture snapshot from Manifesto.
Hey friends, Mondays can be tough. Here are 7 things to make March 13th, 2023, a bit better.
1. Artist of the Week: Charlotte Love Charlotte Love is a London-based stylist with an imaginative approach to creating imagery for still life, set design & interior styling. With her work, she seeks to create animated faces for inanimate objects. It's whimsical, fun, and...making us a little hungry.
2. What we're listening to: Endless Summer Vacation by Miley Cyrus
Following up on the mega-success of her single Flowers, Miley Cyrus is back with her eighth studio album, Endless Summer Vacation. The album solidifies her status as not only one of the best voices in the industry but the legend she has become. It seems there is no genre, or song Cyrus can't tackle. We also recommend checking out her Backyard Sessions on Disney+.
3. What we're watching: The Reluctant Traveler with Eugue Levy Eugene Levy has certainly left Schitt's Creek. The eight-episode series follows Eugene Levy as he visits some of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing destinations in Costa Rica, Finland, Italy, Japan, Maldives, Portugal, South Africa and the United States, exploring remarkable hotels and the places and cultures surrounding them. Stream on Apple TV+.
4. Trend & Advertising Highlight: Miller turns "The Bad S#!T" into "The Good Shit" In celebration of International Women's Day, Miller Brewing announced what may be our favorite beer campaign of the last decade. Starring Broad City's Ilana Glazer, the comedian gives us a crash course in women's role in the history of beer, starting with its invention and eventual use as a sexist marketing tool. Well, Miller has had enough. In their new campaign, "Bad $#!T to Good $#!T," Miller is collecting sexist ads and posters from any beer company and composting them into soil that will be sent to female brewers. The hops grown through the Miller Lite campaign will be donated to over 200 female brewers to make some 330,000 beers. The brand will also donate over five times the amount it spends to buy back the old ads to the Pink Boots Society, supporting brewing education for women. We love this for a couple of reasons. First, we love that Miller is willing to own up to their past missteps and the issues within the larger industry and make active moves to lessen the harm it's done. Next, we love how this direct action will help fuel the exact community it hurt in the first place. It just makes so much sense. Cheers to you, Miller.
5. Cognitive Bias of the Week: Gambler's Fallacy
With St. Patrick's Day this week, you may think the luck of the Irish may be in your favor, but we are here to tell you it is in fact not. The gambler’s fallacy describes our belief that the probability of a random event occurring in the future is influenced by previous instances of that type of event. Let's say you have been on a losing streak with scratch-offs. Well, you have been playing scratch-offs for years, and your losing streak almost always ends with a huge win. I mean, that's why you keep playing, to begin with. The longest losing streak you have had is a week, so when day seven comes around you know you will win big. But, then you don't. How can this be? Well, the gambler's fallacy. To avoid it, we simply need to recognize the causal independence of the events in question. Somethings are just random.
Sofia Akel created the Free Books Campaign - a non-profit company dedicated to getting books by authors of color to those who can't afford them.
6. Good News of the Week:
People face a ‘desperate’ reality after leaving prison. Two Atlanta women are pushing to change that (The 19th)
Viral TikTok Sleep Trailer Invention Aims To End Homelessness (GGG)
Afghan broadcaster airs rare all-female panel to discuss rights on Women's Day (Reuters)
In anticipation of season 2 of Yellowjackets, Florence + The Machine has released their beautifully unsettling cover of No Doubt's classic hit, "Just a Girl." Where the original version's frank lyrics could hide behind an upbeat melody, in this version they are laid bare in a stunning performance of feminine rage. No Doubt this will be your new favorite cover.