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Welcome. If the barrage of TGIF texts I’ve received from friends this morning is any indication, this week has been a long one for many. (“For seventeen years,” according to my friend Sarah.) So the opening track to the music film “Annette,” which comes out today on Amazon Prime Video, has a little extra resonance. “Can we start now? Time to get started,” Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard sing in the film’s “infectiously energetic, fourth-wall-breaking overture.” Yes! It is indeed high time to start this weekend. Let’s do it.
After a tiring week, I like easy-going entertainment, such as “Nine Perfect Strangers,” David E. Kelley’s latest adaptation of a Liane Moriarty (formerly “Big Little Lies”) novel. “A bit of Agatha Christie, a bit of Goop spoofing, a bit of ‘Lost’, a bit of that thing where white people blog about ayahuasca, all with a long string of titles so you know you’re in the world of streaming indulgence, critic Margaret Lyons wrote. I watched an episode and a half last night and only stopped because it was bedtime. You have no restrictions this weekend; three episodes are now available on Hulu.
Speaking of easy, the track dress is a one-off fashion creation with a bra and cycling shorts in the chassis. Whether or not you’re inclined to wear one, there’s something intriguing about this version of the adult onesie.
Even easier: Melissa Clark’s peak summer salad with corn, tomato and halloumi. Aside from the fresh produce and cheese, all you need is olive oil, salt, pepper, and cumin seeds. And perhaps easiest of all, Eric Asimov has 20 warm-weather wines for under $20. His advice for how much to pay for a good, cheaper wine? “The best values in wine are in the $15 to $25 range.”
For easy listening, check out the podcast “Poog” (that’s “junk” spelled backwards), from comedians Kate Berlant and Jacqueline Novak: “The premise of ‘Poog’ is not to expose or even control wellness trends, but to play them with a curious audience.” If you’d rather have your wellness trends debunked, try “Maintenance Phase” by Aubrey Gordon (who writes as “Your Fat Friend”) and Michael Hobbes (co-host of “You’re Wrong About”).
Your list of lists.
A roundup of recommendations from Times writers and editors: even more to watch, read and listen to this weekend.
What’s your go-to-go-down-easy entertainment? What do you watch or read or listen to when it’s been a week and you want some comfort with little effort and a high reward? Tell us: [email protected] Please include your full name and location and we may include your response in a future newsletter. We are home and away. We read every letter sent. As always, you’ll find more ideas below for living a full and civilized life, whether you’re at home or on the go. Take it easy and I’ll see you next week.