Staying at home is a good opportunity to really savor things – you are not in a rush, and as a result, you can linger over words, images, sounds, and senses. At present, I am enjoying:
- Mémoires du Sapa – Jun Miyake I discovered Jun Miyake a year ago, and his body of work is simply astounding. The global music influences in perfect pre-pandemic bliss. The new album is about 35 minutes, and I have listened to it multiple times thus far. My favorite tracks on the album are Stranger’s Dreams and Tango Amnesia. But his entire body of work is worth exploring. I recommend visiting his website and stream his music.
- Cage by Lilja Sigurðardóttir, an Icelandic crime-writer, is just a brilliant way to lose yourself and go back to a different crisis. Well, this is third in a trilogy, so you might as well read Snare and Trap.
- The Test: A New Era For Australia’s Team on Amazon Prime is a thinly disguised commercial for Team Australia, and blessed by Cricket Australia. It is an advertorial to buff up the bruised reputation of a team of cheaters. But you know that within five minutes and sit back, and still enjoy eight 45-minute episodes. I mean, I am missing Baseball and Cricket so much, that I will put up with puffery.
- Ethiopia Suke Quto Reserve from Linea Caffe in San Francisco is sweet and floral coffee, best enjoyed when slightly cooler. I make it, clean the kitchen top, pour it in a small cup, and take small sips. The best way to enjoy coffee is to skip the big mugs and go for small teacups.
- I like riding around at night on Lyft (Bay Wheels) bikes to get the much-needed exercise and also avoid running into an excessive number of runners on San Francisco’s Embarcadero.