Welcome. It’s been wet in New York, humid, and in-between feeling. It’s the time that the journey trade calls “shoulder season” in this a part of the world, a time of transition, technically fall however nonetheless typically summery. On the verge of vacation season, however we’d nonetheless be studying books we began in August.
It’s the time of yr if you decide to coziness, flip the lights on throughout the day and brew a complete pot of tea, possibly take your laptop computer to the sofa, a blanket nest. Mid-afternoon, you’re shaken out of your winter cosplay when the skies clear, the solar reasserts its relevance, nearly obnoxiously illuminating every mote of mud in this indoor-cat tableau. Shoes on, get outdoors whilst you can.
It can do a quantity in your temper, should you weren’t already slightly up and down, this noncommittal, sandwich season. Our traditional rhythms are disrupted, our reliable routines scotched. I’ve been saving up bits of enjoyment, scraps of songs, articles, recipes that I can flip to when disequilibrium units in.
This opinion piece, “Your Work Friends Knew Exactly What Kind of Week You’d Had,” jogged my memory of how important the “weak ties” our work relationships present are to our happiness.
I’m scoring my work and walks with “Serpentine Prison,” the recent album from Matt Berninger. Watching this delirious collaborative TikTok musical that takes place in a grocery store. I’m reading favorite old books of poems, like “The Book of Nightmares” by Galway Kinnell and appreciating this thread that argues “a corgi crossed with any other breed just ends up looking like a corgi disguised as the other dog.” These small comforts help stabilize, relieve some of the strangeness in the changing season.
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Check out the artist Vik Muniz’s collages of the world’s most famous places, made of postcards snipped into little pieces.
Take a road trip with the Hotdoggers driving the Oscar Mayer Weinermobiles across the United States during the pandemic, and see how “the rolling pantheon of lunch meat” continues to bring joy and brand awareness to people’s lives.
And see why, on the occasion of his first record with the E Street Band in six years, Bruce Springsteen says, “I’m at a point in my playing life and artistic life where I’ve never felt as vital.”
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