Welcome. I just subscribed to The Times’s 2022 space and astronomy calendar, so I’ll be reminded on April 21 that I might, if I’m lucky, glimpse the Lyrids meteor shower at its peak in the night sky. At a time when most plans for gathering and traveling are written in pencil, it’s a small but not insignificant comfort to know that the solar system is proceeding with its agenda unimpeded.
If you’re yearning to make plans but stymied by the tentativeness of pretty much everything right now, you might peruse this list of some of the best streamable entertainment coming in January and add a few premiere dates to your calendar. (I’ve had the final season of “Search Party” noted for a while: all 10 episodes, today, HBO Max.) Or check out what our critics have marked on their 2022 calendars (Salamishah Tillet has “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” in theaters March 18, on hers).
You could hunker down with Lit Hub’s Most Anticipated Books of 2022, noting the publication dates for the ones that intrigue you; there are 196 on the list, and the overwhelming majority will be here by summer. (Jennifer Egan’s “The Candy House” is coming on April 5.) It’s not a beach vacation, I know, but it might scratch the plan-making itch.
You should definitely schedule five minutes to fall in love with mezzo-sopranos sometime this weekend. And you’ll probably want to make oven-roasted crispy tofu. You could consider mindful drinking. Or pick up a murder mystery. Meet up with a friend for a long walk. (Or a short one! No pressure!) Or you could decide to make absolutely no plans at all and see where the hours take you, all on their own.
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Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: There is now no smooth road into the future: But we go round, or scramble over the obstacles. We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.
How are you passing the time this weekend? What are you reading, watching, doing? Write and tell us: email@example.com. Be sure to include your full name and location and we might feature your response in a future newsletter. We’re At Home and Away. We’ll read every letter sent. As always, more of our best ideas for what to do this weekend appear below. I’ll be back next week.