Welcome. It’s the last weekend of Pride Month in the United States. If you’re in the New York region, check out some ideas for how to celebrate: The Dyke March is on Saturday, the Pride March on Sunday, and there are innumerable less official events going on all weekend. Here are more ways to pass the time, at home and away, over the next few days.
Gabrielle Hamilton makes a good case for making your own six-foot meatless Italian hero. Eric Asimov suggests pastis for a relaxed afternoon aperitif. Or just commit your favorite alcoholic or zero-proof ingredient ratios to memory, and you’ll be able to shake or mix up your own personal house cocktail whenever you feel like it.
As part of the Book Review’s 125th anniversary celebration, try your hand at a crossword puzzle “crammed with clues about books, authors, literary trends and fictional characters.”
You know what’s as easy as riding a bike? Riding a bike. No matter if you haven’t ridden in years, or your recently impulse-purchased steel steed is already gathering dust in the garage, Erik Vance will help you get back in the saddle. Then, check out the best U.S. cities for cyclists.
New books coming in July include novels from Katie Kitamura and Dana Spiotta, and “Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story,” by the Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown.
And if you’re thinking of seeing a movie in the theater, A.O. Scott says the action in Justin Lin’s new “Fast and Furious” installment, “F9,” “splits the difference between preposterous and sublime.”
We’re still collecting your picks for your personal song of this summer, so email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your full name and location and we might feature your story in a future newsletter, and your song on an upcoming playlist. We’re At Home and Away. We’ll read every letter sent. More ideas for leading a full and cultured life, at home and away, appear below. See you next week.