Outdoor Reading – The New York Times

What’s the best setting for serious outdoor reading? I suggest it be in a chair, sitting upright, in the shade of a tree or umbrella, comfortable but not too comfortable. A beach towel or picnic blanket works, but the sun moves, your back or neck gets stiff, it’s not a sure thing. My friend Avi insists you have to be in one of those zero-gravity lounge chairs, which I’m sure would double as an adult swing and put me to sleep instantly.

According to my colleagues Elizabeth Egan and Erika Ackerberg, who took together this magnificent album of outdoor bookworms“There are only a few things that are non-negotiable when it comes to reading alfresco: sunscreen, hydration, repeat.”

Reading a book outside in the summer sears it into my memory. JM Coetzee’s Disgrace on the beach in July and the subsequent sunburn. The rather sunny terrace of the restaurant, where I went back and forth every third row between Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’ and the French translation of ‘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 backyard, mosquito bites.

If you can spare an hour or an afternoon to read outside this weekend, there are plenty of promising new books to choose from. Perhaps Tess Gunty’s “dense, prismatic and often mesmerizing debut,”The rabbit house“? Biography of Alec Nevala-Lee Buckminster Fuller? Or Michelle Thea’s”Falling Down: A Memoir of My (In)fertility“? Elizabeth recommends “The Displacements” by Bruce Holsinger. I recently read “Magpie” by Elizabeth Day in two rapturous afternoons. You may prefer a paperback so that the hardcover is not too heavy to handle if you plan to lie down We have a bunch of them, too. (And if you’re more of an e-reader, you have all these options and more.)

What have you read recently, outdoors or otherwise, that you enjoyed? Tell me.

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🎮 Documents Please (out now): This critically acclaimed game felt like a throwback to a decade after its original desktop release, with retro, 2D cartoon style. There is, however, a dark timelessness to the story. The year is 1982 and you play a checkpoint inspector for a fictional communist nation. Who will you let go? Who will you keep away? Do you accept bribes to buy food for your struggling family? It confused me a bit! It’s now available to play on iOS and Android devices, so you can take that feeling of moral nausea with you wherever you go.

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

Tare, a sweet and salty sauce often used to season Japanese grilled meats, is the secret to their quick preparation salmon skewers. Saute some garlic and ginger, then add water, soy sauce, some turbinado sugar and some vinegar. While you’re cooking the salmon and vegetables, whether it’s in a cast iron skillet or on a hot grill, stand close by so you can turn the skewers and brush them with your homemade tare. In just a few minutes, they will brown and caramelize, creating a beautiful, mouth-watering glaze. And don’t worry: if you don’t have a grill pan or grill, you can cook these skewers under the broiler, just be very careful 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 are reportedly finalists among teams willing to trade Juan Soto, the 23-year-old superstar whose numbers rivaling a young Ted Williams. On Tuesday, the Padres got him. The Dodgers will have to deal with their six All-Stars for 2022. 7:00 PM Eastern on Sunday, ESPN.

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