The unofficial start of summer – The New York Times

When I imagine passing time, I think of a calendar—specifically, a one-page calendar for a whole year, like the kind a bank or restaurant might give away as a freebie, emblazoned with their logo.

The year is laid out in a grid: three rows, four months in a row. I imagine each row as the passing seasons: the top row starts out mostly cold and dreary from January, but towards the end of the row, in April, it gets softer and brighter, and it feels like I’ve almost reached the second row where everything opens up. . May to August is the heart of the year when daylight reaches its peak, when everything seems a little freer and more possible. The middle row for summer partisans is really the only row worth languishing in.

However you imagine the time, you probably have a clear idea of ​​this weekend, Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer. Distrust seems to prevail this year: how can it be summer again, where did the time go? “Time is a flat circle, a spinning record always and forever returning to its beginning,” wrote my colleague Sam Sifton in culinary newsletter yesterday, and he’s right. We are still trying to figure out what tricks time has played over the past few years, how it has stretched and contracted, speeded up and slowed down, and for a while there was time to contemplate it.

Ready or not, it’s summer again. The calendar said so, even if the weather, or your wardrobe, or your children, or your garden is not ready. Memorial Day weekend forces a change of mind. Beaches are opening up, mattresses are being sold, the smell of roasted meat is lingering. (Maybe it’s you.) The middle row is in full swing.

If everything seems too drastic and you are struggling to catch up, I can suggest planning for you. movie schedule for the summer? I’ve been patiently waiting for Nicole Holofcener’s latest film, You Hurt Me, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tobias Menzies, which premieres this weekend. Other Highlights: John Slattery is directing Jon Hamm and Tina Fey in Maggie Moore(s), which premieres June 16. The documentary will be released on Netflix on July 5th. Indiana Jones will be released on June 30, Barbie and Oppenheimer on July 21.

We also have many options for your reading pleasure at the beach, in the park or on the couch: thrillerA romanceMaybe audiobook? The two audiobooks on our bird-themed audiobook list sound charming and season-appropriate.

And, of course, there is always the unofficial (or maybe official?) fruit of summer – the strawberry, which plays a major role in three Melissa Clarke Recipeseach one seems ready to join Jarrell Guy’s Strawberry Pie in my personal pantheon of the world’s best desserts.

  • Since 2019 100 Years of Remembrance Day Lighting in the Times.

  • If you find yourself stuck in traffic this weekend, here’s a game to calm your nerves. (Drivers in the back seat only.)

  • Or listen to my story about a poem that comforts me in difficult times. It’s on New York Times Audio, a new iOS app that Times news subscribers can Download here.

📚 Murder Genealogy: Four Generations, Three Families, One Fatal Night (Tuesday): I can’t wait to dive into Lisa Belkin’s true crime story, which follows three men involved in a 1960 murder. IN his review in The Times, Robert Kolker called it “a somewhat convoluted but moving, intimate exploration of fate, chance, and highly significant intersections of disparate lives.” Doesn’t that sound tempting?

🎶 Cowboy Junkies, “Such a Fierce Beauty” (Friday): Canadian country band Cowboy Junkies releases a new album. If you, like me, can still sing every word of every song on the band’s 1988 album The Trinity Session, you’ll be happy to know that Margot Timmins’ voice is as melancholic and enchanting as ever.

It’s Memorial Day weekend, the official start of the picnic and picnic season. This means there’s a good chance you’re considering making eggs to nibble on while the grill heats up. You can’t go wrong with this this classic recipe, filled with egg yolks, mayonnaise and mustard, seasoned with spicy sauce. You can boil and peel the eggs the day before and even mix in the filling. But don’t spoon it into the egg whites until it’s time to serve. And don’t forget to do extra: you never know how long it might take for those coals to set.

What you get for $2.7 million: Carpenter Gothic exhibit in Shelter Island Heights, NY; an 1890 house in Key West, Florida; etc. mid century modern house in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Hunting: She wanted a house in the Hamptons for $4 million. Which one did she choose? Play our game.

Lighting for summer evenings: outdoor lighting makes more and more magical.

Solo bachelorette party: Some brides turn down parties in favor of trip alone.

Digital General Cleaning: Try these tips for healthier interactions in social networks.

Keep it together: Cook comfort food and drop to-do list.

Joy around the world: Which the happiest countries do the right thing?

If your long weekend plans include cleaning the house for summer guests, give your vacuum a little attention to make it more efficient – even the best model will not clean well if you do not care for it from time to time. Clogged trash cans, stinky filters and tangled hair reduce suction and can lead to premature battery and motor failure. Easy Regular Maintenancesuch as cleaning the filter and untangling the brush roll will keep your vacuum cleaner running smoothly for years to come and save money over time. — Sabine Heinlein

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays, MLB: Enjoy baseball with your Sunday morning coffee. This season, the Reis have the best record in major tournaments, and this is not a coincidence – in some respects they have the best offense. And best starting pitch, Eno Sarris notes in The Athletic. The Dodgers, who lead their division, are thriving thanks to Mookie Betts, an All-Star outfielder who was asked to play shortstop due to team injuries and excelled at this. Tomorrow at 11:30 AM ET, streaming on Peacock.