In times like these it’s more important than ever to evaluate how you spend your free time.
Do you have the news on in the background while you’re eating dinner? Are you checking your social media feeds first thing when you roll out of bed? I feel like new reports and tragic events are coming at us from every angle, so what I’m working on is finding the consistent sources of goodness that will balance it all out (and also coercing Mowgli into many hugs).
Here are a few fun things to do, read or watch in the coming days:
The long-anticipated short story collection by New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino came out this week and I can’t wait to start it. I recommend we all commit to Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion as a summer read.
I’ll be rereading a Toni Morrison novel in honor of her life. I’ve picked a faded, dog-eared hand-me-down copy of Beloved. And I’ve yet to read her most recent work. So much to soak in, so little time.
Did you know only managers at Trader Joes get to wear the Hawaiian shirts? While crew members are downgraded to a mere hibiscus-themed tee.
So many folks are traveling this August and I like this post about focusing on self-care even when traveling.
For affordable New York City events, August is not lacking in the quirky and other-worldly:
This Saturday grab a ticket for Graveyard Shift in Greenwood Cemetery, a music and dance series hosted by Pioneer Works.
The summer finale of the Franklin Park Reading Series is Monday night in Crown Heights. This free event is hosted in an intimate setting with up and coming authors.
I can only bike this city in very controlled settings, and luckily summer provides multiple opportunities for that! Summer Streets is one of the coolest things I’ve done every summer - there’s nothing quite like the feeling of zipping down a carless Park Ave, down under Grand Central. And here are some tips on biking the 13-mile Hudson River Greenway!
Reapply your sunscreen. Wear a helmet. And have a lovely weekend,