Welcome. Saturday is Juneteenth, Sunday is Father’s Day and at 11:32 p.m. Eastern on Sunday night, summer officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere. How will you spend the weekend? Here are some ideas for making it a full and cultured one, whether you’re at home, away or some combination of the two.
New Yorkers can check out one of these seven events celebrating Juneteenth.
Claire Saffitz will teach you to make a sponge cake that is “tender and bouncy with a cloudlike crumb that deftly soaks up the flavors of whatever it’s paired with.”
Or check out Edgar Wright’s documentary about Sparks, “the musical entity invented and fronted by Ron and Russell Mael” that is “sometimes rock, sometimes pop, sometimes art song, always idiosyncratic.” Check out the celebrity-studded trailer.
Take solace in Maya Phillips’s comfort-viewing favorite, the anime rom-com “Recovery of an MMO Junkie.”
The physician and author Sandeep Jauhar recommends some of the best books he’s encountered that deal with dementia.
Immerse yourself in Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “One Art” with this Close Read by our book critics Dwight Garner and Parul Sehgal.
And don’t miss Ezra Marcus’s profile of a technology lawyer who lives by “the Lindy Effect,” constructing a sort of Paleo diet for your entire life.
During quarantine, a number of white-noise generators sprung up allowing you to recreate sounds of un-locked-down life. I recommended “I Miss My Bar,” which let you experience the clinking and chattering of your favorite watering hole even if you couldn’t be there physically. Now, as many prepare to return to the office, there is “Homesick Sounds,” which lets you create bespoke mash-ups of at-home noises like “Baby (Awake),” “Mowing the Lawn” and “What’s That Beep?”
Be Sinna Nasseri’s plus one at a “clandestine pop-up jazz speakeasy” in Midtown Manhattan.
And here’s Brittany Howard performing “Baby” live at Ryman Auditorium.
When does summer begin for you? Is it when the solstice arrives? When school ends? When you turn the air conditioner on for the first time? (Or when you realize you haven’t turned it off in days?) Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your full name and location and we might feature your story in a future newsletter. We’re At Home and Away. We’ll read every letter sent. More ideas for leading a full and cultured life, at home and away, appear below. I’ll see you next week.