What’s the best setup for serious outdoor reading? I propose that it is comfortable to sit in a chair, upright, in the shade of a tree or an umbrella, but not too comfortable. A beach towel or picnic blanket works, but as the sun goes on, your back or neck stiffens, that’s not a sure thing. My friend Avi insists that you need to be in one of those zero-gravity recliners that I’m positive will serve as an adult cradle and lull me to sleep immediately.
According to my colleagues Elisabeth Egan and Erica Eckerberg, who have put together this fantastic album of outdoor bookworms, “There are only a few non-negotiables when it comes to plein-air reading: sunscreen, hydration, repeat. “
Reading a book outside in the summer solidifies it in memory for me. JM Coetzee’s “disgrace” on the beach in July and the sunshine to come. Every third line between Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” and a French translation, “Le Monde s’Fondre,” I sat on the terrace of the sunshine-enough restaurant, trying to hone my language skills. Mosquito bites on the lawn, in the backyard, by Louise FitzGroup’s “The Long Secret,” the sequel to “Harriet the Spy.”
If you can set aside an hour or an afternoon to read outside this weekend, there are many promising new books to choose from. Perhaps Tess Gunty’s “dense, prismatic, and often mesmerizing debut,” “The Rabbit Hutch”? Buckminster Fuller Biography of Alec Walla-Lee? Or Michelle T’s “Knocking Myself Up: A Memoir of My (In) Fertility”? Elizabeth recommends “The Displacement” by Bruce Holsinger. I recently read “Magpie” by Elizabeth Day over two exhilarating afternoons. You may prefer a paperback, lest a hardcover may prove too heavy if you want to bend over. We have a bunch of them too. (And if you’re more of an e-reader reader, you have all these options and more.)
What have you read recently, outside or otherwise, that you liked? Tell me about this.
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week in culture
Stephen King testified that the proposed merger of publishing giant Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster would hurt writers.
Warner Bros. release canceled According to the Hollywood Reporter, its parent company as “Batgirl” was looking for budget cuts after the merger.
As Lieutenant Uhura in “Star Trek”, Nichol Nichols transcends what she thought was possible, Stacy Y. China writes. Nichols died last week at the age of 89.
“Days of Our Lives”, a mainstay of one-day network television since 1965, is moving to NBC’s streaming service, Peacock.
got a preview of the art newspaper redesign of Storm King Sculpture Park in Upstate New York.
Theater actors are rethinking the demands of the stage, which sometimes involve dangerous work.
Pedal steel, once a staple of country music, is finding new life in other forms.
Bill Cosby is seeking a new trial in a civil case where a jury found that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old in 1975.
“Papers, Please” (out now): The critically acclaimed game looked like a throwback to its initial desktop release a decade ago, with Retro, 2D Animation Style, However, there is a dark timelessness in the story. It’s 1982 and you play an outpost inspector for a fictional communist nation. Who do you let in? Who do you keep out? Do you accept bribes to help buy food for your struggling family? This messed me up a bit! Now available to play on iOS and Android devices, you can take that feeling of moral unease with you wherever you go.
“Five Days in Memorial” (Friday): In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and Memorial Medical Center staff found themselves trapped and unable to evacuate patients, forcing some doctors and nurses to make a dire choice. The always interesting Vera Farmiga stars in this Apple TV+ adaptation based on The New York Times correspondent Sherry Fink’s 2013 book.
recipe of the week
Yakitori-Style Salmon with Scallions and Zucchini
Tare, a sweet and savory sauce often used to season Japanese grilled meats, is the secret to making these quick. salmon skewers, Saute a little garlic and ginger, then add water, soy sauce, turbinado sugar and a little vinegar. When you cook salmon and vegetables, whether it’s on a cast iron or hot grill, stay close so that you can keep rotating the skewers and brushing them with your homemade skewer. In a matter of minutes, they will brown and caramelize, creating a beautiful, mouth-watering glaze. And don’t worry: If you don’t have a grill pan or grill, you can cook these skewers under the broiler, just paying great attention so they don’t burn!
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in kitchen: Making your own soy milk is straightforward.
From Denmark to Spain: Europe boasts beaches that the whole family will love.
San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB: Baseball’s center of gravity has shifted to Southern California. The Padres and Dodgers were reportedly finalists on both teams, competing to be traded for 23-year-old superstar Juan Soto, whose Numbers Rival Young Ted Williams, The pundits caught him on Tuesday. The Dodgers will have to make do with their six 2022 All-Stars. Sunday at 7 p.m. Eastern, ESPN.
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