What to Do This Weekend
Jam and eggs.
The At Home and Away Newsletter
What to Do This Weekend
Jam and eggs.
Welcome. Every Friday, usually around 7 p.m. Eastern, the Twitter user @CraigWeekend posts the same clip. It’s from the March 7, 2020, broadcast of “Saturday Night Live,” and it features the actor Daniel Craig introducing that week’s musical guest, Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd. “Ladies and gentlemen, The Weeknd,” Craig announces, in a tone that sounds, to me, like pure surrender, like he tried to stop the performance that’s about to occur but it was no use. The Weeknd is going to perform “Blinding Lights,” and we have no choice but to give in.
As Kellen Browning and Becca Foley report, @CraigWeekend heard a double entendre — James Bond welcoming the end of the workweek — and now so do his Twitter followers, who await the moment each Friday, when, as one said, “any anxieties, any worries, any hardships that have accumulated over the past five days are relieved by a four-second clip.”
An Australian friend introduced me to the term “POETS Day” to refer to Friday. POETS is a slangy acronym: “Piss off early, tomorrow’s Saturday.” I hope you’ll observe POETS Day today and, depending on your time zone, get your rest and relaxation underway well ahead of @CraigWeekend’s early-evening announcement.
And how will you fill the hours of this long weekend? A Negroni sounds simple and refreshing to start (pick up a nonalcoholic riff, if you prefer). Naomi Osaka is playing at 7 p.m. Eastern tonight (streaming on ESPN+). You could do breakfast for dinner for a change.
Sally Rooney’s new book comes out next week. Read John Williams’s review (“Though people might crave to parse or market the voice of a generation, Rooney is up to very old-fashioned things”) and consider the swag campaign that’s accompanied the release.
Make some jam. See what’s in store for fall travel (crowded beaches, limited rental cars) or reconsider your approach to fall gardening (think spring). Fall in love with the trumpet. Get big hair. Get some rest.
At Home and Away readers have some ideas for entertainment that goes down easy after a long week.
“‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians.’ When I really need to turn my brain off I follow Kim and the gang through their frills and follies.” –Sunny Lambert, Vermont
“The podcast ‘Ologies’ has been an absolute lifesaver. Witty and just enough info for me to parrot back at friends and family and feel like I haven’t been doing nothing with my life.” –Eden Mullins, New York City
Your list of lists.
12 Shows and Movies to Watch on Netflix Before They Expire in September >> Farewell, first three seasons of “Star Trek.”
8 New Books We Recommend This Week >> Including Hilma Wolitzer’s “Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket.”
What to Read: 4 Graphic Works >> A bio of Bunuel!
5 Design Books That Are Easy on the Eyes >> Photos of disguised cellphone towers.
What’s in Our Queue? ‘Photo No-Nos’ and More >> Wrapping the Arc de Triomphe.
Abba Previews First Album in 40 Years, and 11 More New Songs >> Aoife O’Donovan covers the Boss.
I’m deep into the podcast “Bad Blood: The Final Chapter,” in which the journalist John Carreyrou considers the case against the Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes. (The jury was sworn in for her fraud trial on Thursday.)
This article in The New Yorker about the White Collar Support Group, a rehabilitation program for “guys detoxing from power and influence,” is worth a read this weekend.
If you’re based in the United States, how are you spending Labor Day weekend? Write to 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. More ideas for passing the time this weekend appear below. I’ll see you next week.