Welcome. The Sundance Film Festival is on until Wednesday, and like most things these days, it has gone virtual. As you wish AO Scott And watch it from your couch. We will help you Select some features It suits your taste, or you can check the New York Times selection of op-docs From this year And The previous ones. Then you might want to read this profile of Tabitha Jackson, New festival director.
There your weekend goes, if you can swing it.
Here in New York City, one hour before sunrise, it is 19 degrees and is windy, which sounds like an indoor film festival. But perhaps you are in Sydney, where the rain should clear soon, and temperatures can climb into the 80s; You will probably spend at least part of the day outside, maybe a masked match. In California, a Atmospheric river-borne storm The state is bringing a lot of rain, snow and mud. It’s just 6 degrees in Calgary, 27 in Oxford, Miss Seventy and cloudy in Mexico City, with some flooding in Seoul. In Sicily, it is sunny, moist, 60s.
It is not often that we can be certain that people everywhere are the same type of people, in some way or the other. The virus has drawn a strange resemblance: the lives of others – which may seem distant, mysterious or even beyond the imagination of the times – are also marked by epidemics. We are all in it.
Nevertheless, many of us struggle with feelings of isolation, isolation, or loneliness. For that, I can suggest writing a letterThe Of course phone and video calls can provide immediate relief, but there is much to recommend it in letter writing.
It allows you to do something with your loneliness, writing it without interruption from a talker, thinking and feeling through it on the page.
Unlike journal writing, a letter is for someone else, so you’re not just processing what’s happening for yourself: you’re making a report that you know will be read; Slowly and thoughtfully, you are telling what you are doing.
You can write about your feelings of isolation, or you can save them altogether. It does not matter. The point is that you are connecting intentionally, thinking about your relationship with another person, what they would be interested in reading, what they would like to know.
Our own idea is strengthened by letter writing, because it is connected to others, even if they are not physically here.
Also, sending a letter is potentially giving someone a rare gift of a genuine, honest-to-goodness piece of personal mail in their mail! And the difference is very good that you are Get a response For your letter, so it is like investing in the future.
I plan to send a couple letters later this week – maybe I’ll also use the old typewriter I forgot. Anyone I write to, I would recommend listening to my college professor Rita Pigeon read her poem “Last Words” On the New Yorker’s website.
My colleague Jaspal Riyat introduced meA corner of the house, “A series of portraits of photographers in their homes during the epidemic, and I love to peer into these intimate worlds.
Here’s Barbara Strisand in singing “Funny Girl,”Don’t rain on my parade. “Is this the least lonely song in the world?”
And, before Valentine’s Day, we want to know when you unexpectedly saw an act of love. Tell us about it here.
What do you do when you’re feeling lonely? Do you try to find ways to reach it outside? Sit with emotion? Write about it tell us: Athome@nytimes.com. Include your name, age and location. We are doing At home. We will read every letter sent. More ideas for living a full and cultured life appear below. I’ll see you next week.