World · August 6, 2022

Outdoor Reading – The New York Times

What’s the best setup for serious outdoor reading? I propose it on a chair, sitting upright, in the shade of a tree or an umbrella, comfortable but not too comfortable. A beach towel or picnic blanket works, but the sun moves, your back or neck stiffens, it’s not a sure thing. My friend Avi insists you need to be in one of those zero-gravity recliners that I’m sure would work as an adult crib and instantly put me asleep.

According to my colleagues Elisabeth Egan and Erica Ackerberg, who put together this glorious outdoor bookworm album, “There are only a handful of non-negotiable ones when it comes to reading outdoors: sunscreen, hydration, repetition. “.

Reading a book outside in the summer cements it in the memory for me. JM Coetzee’s “Disgrace” on the beach in July and the sunburn that followed. The barely sunny restaurant terrace where I went back and forth every third line between “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe and a French translation, “Le Monde S’Effondre”, trying to improve my language skills. “The Long Secret” by Louise Fitzhugh, sequel to “Harriet the Spy”, on the lawn, in the yard, mosquito bites.

If you can take an hour or an afternoon to read out 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’s biography of Alec Nevala-Lee? Or Michelle Tea’s “Knocking Myself Up: A Memoir of My (In) Fertility”? Elisabeth recommends “The Displacements”, by Bruce Holsinger. I recently read Elizabeth Day’s “Magpie” in two ecstatic afternoons. You may prefer a paperback, to prevent a hard cover from feeling too heavy to hold if you plan on lying down. We have a lot of them too. (And if you’re more of an e-reader, you have all of these options and more.)

What have you read recently, outdoors or not, that you loved? Tell me about it.

  • Stephen King testified that the proposed merger of publishing giants Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster would hurt writers.

  • Warner Bros. canceled the release of “Batgirl” as its parent company sought budget cuts after a merger, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

  • As Lieutenant Uhura in “Star Trek,” Nichelle Nichols changed what we thought was possible, writes Stacy Y. China. Nichols died last week at the age of 89.

  • “Days of Our Lives”, a mainstay of the daytime television network since 1965, will move to NBC’s streaming service, Peacock.

  • The Art Newspaper got a preview of the Storm King sculpture park redesign in upstate New York.

  • Theater actors are reconsidering the demands of the stage, including the sometimes dangerous work.

  • Pedal steel, once a staple of country music, is finding new life in other forms.

  • Bill Cosby is seeking a retrial in a civil lawsuit in which a jury found that he had sexually assaulted a 16-year-old in 1975.

🎮 “Cards, Please” (available now): This critically acclaimed game felt like a throwback a decade ago from its first desktop release, with its retro 2D animation style. There is a dark timelessness to the story, however. It’s 1982 and you play a checkpoint inspector for a fictional Communist nation. Who do you let in? Who are you keeping out? Do you accept bribes to help buy food for your struggling family? It messed me up a bit! Now available to play on iOS and Android devices, so you can take that nauseous feeling with you wherever you go.

📺 “Five Days at the Memorial” (Friday): In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and Memorial Medical Center staff found themselves trapped and unable to evacuate patients, forcing some doctors and nurses to make a terrible choice. The always interesting Vera Farmiga stars in this adaptation for Apple TV +, based on the 2013 book by New York Times correspondent Sheri Fink.

Tara, a sweet and savory sauce often used to season Japanese grilled meats, is the secret to making these quick salmon skewers. Sauté a little garlic and ginger, then add the water, soy sauce, a little turbinado sugar and a little vinegar. As you cook the salmon and vegetables, either on a cast iron griddle or on a hot grill, stay close so you can keep turning the skewers and brush them with your homemade tare. In a few minutes they brown and caramelize, creating a beautiful, mouth-watering icing. And don’t worry: if you don’t have a grill pan or grill, you can cook these skewers under the grill, just pay close attention so they don’t burn!

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San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB: Baseball’s center of gravity has shifted to Southern California. The Padres and Dodgers were both reportedly finalists among the teams vying to trade for Juan Soto, the 23-year-old superstar whose numbers rival young Ted Williams. On Tuesday, the Padres took him. The Dodgers will have to settle for their six 2022 All-Stars. 7pm Eastern Sunday, ESPN.

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