Welcome. I have had a lot of conversations recently about how difficult it can be to express clearly what I am really feeling these days. Headlines tell us what is happening, but they do not always touch on what is happening to us. Us, existing – we know, we know – in time Phenomenal And extraordinary. We are shocked and sad, have good days and bad, look towards the future with some hope, some fear, some imaginations and plans.
What is happening? How are you? A friend recently replied, “good on paper”, when I asked him how he was. It seems a pleasant shorthand for how relative our happiness or inexperience measures are right now. I loved the story of Jamila Lemieux in The Cut last week,I can not complain,“In which he lists the ways in which the pandemic has disrupted his life, chasing himself all the time when things can always get worse.”
For some of us, the three-day weekend begins today. For others, it is the beginning of a week Spring Break, For us or with whom we live. holiday When lazy days at home are not a novelty, new challenges are introduced during the journey. Yes, time off is a luxury, but pretty much anything is too much. Let’s try to fill those closed hours, things to see and eat and read and do, with a twist when you’re not working.
I am going to watch “Bar and Star Vista Del Mar, “The latest from Bridesmaids’ Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo.” Looks like it will get easier.
You can choose something from this quirky and well-designed listVery good movies, “Put together by two loving friends”Luca Guadagino, ’80s, Sunflower on Film, Barbara loudon And ‘Muriel’s wedding. “If you are a Guadagino fan and from 2015”A big splash, “Definitely check it out, if only for the fictional scenes of the Italian coast and Ralph Fiennes Dance For the Rolling Stones.
Or criticized AO Scott “Tower, “About a Korean-American family in rural Arkansas. Don’t miss your star’s profile of Jay Caspian Kang, Steven Yeun, Or a conversation with Brandon Yu The film’s writer and director, Lee Isaac Chung, And other Asian-American filmmakers.
And a documentary about this Long distance open relationship Sounds attractive.
Check out companies that are Whiskey hacking aging process; One claims that it can “fashion the equivalent of a soul five years or older.” Make melissa clark More and more brownies, Obviously (why have I never topped a brownie with a salty pretzel before?). You can skip dinner and eat only sweets, but These are vegetarian soup Equally divine sound.
I can’t stop thinking of two stories in the Atlantic: “Epidemic eradicates friendship categories, By Amanda Mull, about Importance of weak ties, One of my favorite subjects. And “Cottagecore was just Beginning, “By Katilyn Tiffany, who introduced me Aesthetics wiki, Which lists an infinite array of personal styles that are mostly cultivated on social media.
Photographer Noah Kalina asked if his friends would bring wooden stoves to their house to make pizza in their home and they were obliged to. Pictures are some more.
Read the Times obituary for more Jazz musician chick korea, Who died this week, then went to YouTube for endless recordings of his concerts. I like it a lot, since 1974, “someday My Prince Will Come“With Herbie Hancock.
A reader gives advice.
Karen Williams in Oshkosh, example., Writes that she and her 22-year-old daughter, who live 90 minutes from him Daily dosePerforming each other a task, serious or silly, every day in this month. She writes:
What I loved the most was “listening to a favorite song.” I pulled the album George Winston “Autumn, “”December“And”Winter in spring“And they had more than one song played. It brought back such wonderful memories of the 80s. I told my daughter that Winston’s songs were the background music of my days when I was her age, and she said that she Going home that night and discovering his music. It would never have happened to me that I could share this “task” with him.
How are you? How has your response to that question changed in the past year? write to us: Athome@nytimes.com. We are doing At home. We will read every letter sent. As always, more ideas for living a full and cultured life at home appear below. I’ll see you next week.