The Summer’s Down Elevator – The New York Times

We are approaching mid-August, summer at its peak. Earlier this week, a New York weather Twitter account posted a reminder that, depending on your disposition, could be considered good news or a little disappointing:

I’m in the latter camp, but I’m working on it. Always a supporter of long summer days, I try not to get angry with those who come alive when the light goes down. I try not to feel personally attacked by the candy corn display in the pharmacy, by Billy Crystal in his fisherman sweater and sweatpants.

Recently, my colleague Sam Sifton and I were discussing the end of summer, and when I started to get sad, he stopped me. “We’re not in the downward elevator yet,” he said. It was late July and I accepted. There were still six weeks until Labor Day. We were still in the middle of the ascent.

So rather than hitting the button on each floor and trying vainly to stop the elevator, I’m determined to enjoy the ride.

First of all, it’s peak corn on the cob and Caprese season, it’s time to go full tomato mode. It’s also s’more season, and I can’t wait to try replacing graham crackers with saltine crackers, as my colleague Tanya Sichynsky suggested, for a slightly less sweet treat. There is still a lot of summer left: time to let your mind wander, to go to Coney Island, to follow the migrations of ships and sharks.

Another way to prevent things from ending: make plans. It’s time to book a trip, fill your calendar with dates and movies, plant seeds that will bloom when the weather turns cold. “Imagining good things in front of us makes us feel better about the present moment,” psychologist Simon A. Rego told The Times.

On Sam’s recommendation, I read “Time of Wonder” by Robert McCloskey, winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1958, at the library. It’s a picture book about a summer spent on the islands of Maine. The book captures well this longing to love summer and leave it behind: “Take a farewell look at the waves and the sky. Take a farewell whiff of the salty sea. A little sad where you’re leaving, a little happy where you’re going.

🍿 “ET the extra-terrestrial” (limited engagement starting this weekend): August is often a terrible month for new films, but we are currently in a particularly dry period. I know what I’m going to do this weekend, though: take my kid to see the 40th anniversary re-release of this classic Steven Spielberg movie, which is playing on select IMAX screens across the country. Everyone, I watched the trailer and the music made me cry. The music. (I’ll also see “Jaws” when it’s re-released on IMAX screens, starting September 2.)

📚 “Heat 2” (available now): If you know a guy who loves crime dramas, then you might know someone who loves “Heat,” the epic – in length, at least – 1995 movie starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer . (There’s an easy test to discern whether or not someone likes “Heat.” Just say the line, “To me, the action is the juice,” and see whether or not they smile in recognition.) Director Michael Mann has now released a novel with thriller writer Meg Gardiner that serves as both a prequel and sequel to the film. I’m so excited to read this that I looked at my copy the other day and said, “Brother, are you going to down.” (Just to be clear, this is also a line from “Heat”.)

My family just got back from nearly two weeks vacation and I have to admit that getting back to the nightly ritual of cooking dinner has been a challenge. Luckily, Samantha Seneviratne backs me up with her delicious coconut rice with shrimp and corn. Although you can do it in the winter with frozen corn, it’s really great with the fresh corn that’s available right now. His trick for cutting the kernels off the cob is my go-to method: lay the cob flat on the cutting board to slice it, rather than standing it upright; it’s much faster and less messy. The coconut milk adds just the right amount of richness here, balanced with jalapeño, ginger, and plenty of fresh lime juice and zest. It’s a satisfying combination, all year round.

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