We’re nearing the center of August, summer season at its ripest. Earlier this week, a New York climate Twitter account issued a reminder that, relying in your disposition, might be taken as just right tidings or as a little bit of a bummer:
I’m within the latter camp, however I’m operating thru it. A lifelong partisan of summer season’s lengthy days, I take a look at to not really feel pass at those that come alive when the sunshine will get decrease. I take a look at to not really feel in my view attacked through the sweet corn show within the drugstore, through Billy Crystal in his fisherman sweater and sweatpants.
Recently, my colleague Sam Sifton and I have been discussing the topic of summer season’s passing, and after I started to get rueful, he stopped me. “We’re not in the down elevator just yet,” he mentioned. This used to be on the finish of July, and I agreed. There have been nonetheless six weeks until Labor Day. We have been nonetheless in the course of the ascent.
So moderately than urgent each and every ground’s button making an attempt vainly to make the elevator forestall, I’m made up our minds to benefit from the trip.
First off, it’s height corn at the cob and Caprese season, time to head complete tomato mode. It’s additionally s’mores season, and I’m excited to check out changing graham crackers with saltines, as my colleague Tanya Sichynsky advised, for a somewhat less-sweet deal with. There’s nonetheless quite a lot of summer season left: time for letting your thoughts wander, for hitting Coney Island, for monitoring the migrations of ships and sharks.
Another option to stave off the sense of items finishing: Make plans. This is the time to guide a go back and forth, to fill your calendar with meet-ups and flicks, to plant seeds that can blossom when the elements turns chillier. “Imagining good things ahead of us makes us feel better in the current moment,” the psychologist Simon A. Rego advised The Times.
At Sam’s advice, I looked at Robert McCloskey’s 1958 Caldecott Medal-winning “Time of Wonder” from the library. It’s an image guide a couple of summer season spent at the islands of Maine. The guide captures neatly that wistfulness of loving summer season and leaving it at the back of: “Take a farewell look at the waves and sky. Take a farewell sniff of the salty sea. A little bit sad about the place you are leaving, a little bit glad about the place you are going.”
THE WEEK IN CULTURE
🍿 “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (restricted engagement beginning this weekend): August is steadily a horrible month for brand spanking new films, however we’re in a in particular dry spell this present day. I do know what I’ll be doing this weekend, even though: taking my child to peer the fortieth anniversary rerelease of this vintage Steven Spielberg movie, which is taking part in at choose IMAX display screen places around the nation. Everyone, I watched the trailer and the track made me tear up. The track. (I will be able to even be seeing “Jaws” when it will get a rerelease on IMAX monitors, beginning Sept. 2.)
📚 “Heat 2” (out now): If you recognize a man who likes crime dramas, then it’s possible you’ll know any person who likes “Heat,” the epic — in duration, no less than — 1995 movie starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer. (There’s a very easy check to discern whether or not or now not any person likes “Heat.” Just say the road “For me, the action is the juice” and spot whether they smile in popularity.) The director Michael Mann has now printed a singular with the mystery author Meg Gardiner that serves as each prequel and sequel to the movie. I’m so excited to learn this that I checked out my reproduction the opposite day and mentioned, “Brother, you are going down.” (Just to be transparent, that’s additionally a line from “Heat.”)
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Coconut Rice With Shrimp and Corn
My circle of relatives simply returned from a just about two-week holiday, and I’ve to confess, easing again into the nightly ritual of cooking dinner has been a problem. Happily, Samantha Seneviratne has my again together with her pleasant one-pot coconut rice with shrimp and corn. Although you’ll make it in wintry weather with frozen corn, it’s truly sensational with the contemporary corn that’s to be had at the moment. Her tip for reducing the kernels off the cob is my go-to way: Lay the cob flat at the reducing board for reducing, moderately than status it upright; it’s a lot quicker and not more messy. The coconut milk provides simply the suitable richness right here, balanced with jalapeño, ginger and a lot of contemporary lime juice and zest. It’s a delightful mixture, throughout the year.
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