Outdoor Reading – The New York Times

Outdoor Reading – The New York Times

What is the best setting for serious outdoor reading? I recommend that he is in a chair, sitting upright, under the shade of a tree or shade, 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 retreats which I’m positive would work as a grown up crib and put me to sleep instantly.

According to my colleagues Elisabeth Egan and Erica Ackerberg, who put together this glorious album of outdoor bookworms, “There are only a few non-negotiables when it comes to outdoor reading: sunscreen, hydration, repetition.”

Reading a book outside in the summer cements it in my mind. JM Coetzee’s “Disgrace” on the beach in July and the subsequent sunburn. The restaurant terrace which was just sunny enough where I went back and forth every third line between Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” and the French translation, “Le Monde S’Effondre,” trying to improve my language skills . “The Long Secret,” by Louise Fitzhugh, a sequel to “Harriet the Spy,” on the lawn, in the backyard, a 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. Maybe Tess Gunty’s “intense, prismatic and often captivating debut,” “The Rabbit Hutch”? Alec Nevala-Lee’s biography of Buckminster Fuller? Or “Beating Myself: A Memoir of My (In)Torthility” by Michelle Tae? Elisabeth recommends “The Displacements,” by Bruce Holsinger. I recently read “Magpie” by Elizabeth Day in two lovely afternoons. You might prefer a paperback, in case a hardcover would be too heavy to hold up if you plan on going down. We have some of those, too. (And if you’re more of an e-reader, you have all these options and more.)

What have you read recently, outdoor or otherwise, that you loved? Tell me about.

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  • Theater actors are rethinking the demands of the stage, including sometimes dangerous work.

  • The pedal steel, once a staple of country music, is finding new life in other forms.

  • Bill Cosby is seeking a new trial in a civil case after a jury found he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy in 1975.

🎮 “Papers, please” (out now): This critically acclaimed game made its debut on the desktop a decade ago with its retro, 2D animation style. The story lacks a dark moment, however. It’s 1982 and you play a checkpoint inspector for a fictional communist nation. Who do you let in? Who do you keep out? Do you accept bribes to help buy food for your struggling family? It messed me up a lot! Now available to play on iOS and Android devices, so you can take that sense of moral solitude with you wherever you go.

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

Tare, a sweet and salty sauce often used to season Japanese grilled meats, is the secret to making these quick salmon skewers. Fry a little garlic and ginger, then add water, soy sauce, a touch of turbinado sugar and some vinegar. While you are cooking the salmon and vegetables, either on a cast iron griddle or a hot grill, stay close so you can keep turning the skewers and brushing them with your homemade bristles. In a few minutes, they will brown and caramelize, creating a beautiful, mouthwatering glaze. And don’t worry: If you don’t have a grill or grill, you can cook these skewers under the grill, just pay close attention so they don’t burn!

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From Denmark to Spain: There are beaches in Europe that the whole family will love.

San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB: Baseball’s center of gravity has shifted to Southern California. The Padres and Dodgers were reportedly in the running among teams looking to trade for Juan Soto, the 23-year-old superstar whose numbers rival a young Ted Williams. On Tuesday, the Padres got him. The Dodgers will have to contend with their six 2022 All-Stars. 7 pm Eastern on Sunday, ESPN.

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