Welcome. People talk about the new normal all the time now, but there isn’t one yet. There won’t be one for a long time to come. Our behavior is changing hourly with our moods, it seems, in response to stimuli that might be information, that might be instinct. It’s hard to say. We’re sitting at restaurant tables on the sidewalk, marching in the streets, streaming into thrift shops and bars. We’re giddy with pleasure, nervousness, joy, uncertainty. This person’s too close. That one’s too far.
What we know: It’s still safest at home, our hands scrubbed clean. We might be on the couch, reading noir: Nic Pizzolatto’s “Galveston,” currently. Or poetry: Claudia Rankine’s “Weather,” in The New York Times Book Review, for sure. We might be in the kitchen, making dinner: Melissa Clark’s crisp chicken schnitzel with lemony herb salad. We might be playing “Spelling Bee.”
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We might be pacing the living room, listening to this special episode of “The Daily” featuring Wesley Morris, our critic-at-large, talking about finding comfort at a time of need in the singer Patti LaBelle — in song and then on the phone. And we’re definitely going to curl into a chair tomorrow evening, to conference in to our Comfort, Cocktails and Conversation event with Veronica Chambers and Toni Tipton Martin at 6 p.m. Eastern. They’ll be raising a glass to Friday’s Juneteenth holiday, and talking race and food and joy. Please sign up to join them.
At Home provides all that and more: an archive of entertainments that run parallel to or entirely away from the news, a place to recharge mentally, and spiritually, even emotionally. We stand for art and design, dance and music and literature, deliciousness and self-care. Our best ideas for how to live a full and cultured life in a pandemic appear below. And we publish more of them every day. Please visit. And let us know what you think!