And if you still have questions (Where’s Usain Bolt? Where are the spectators?), we have answers.
If you get up early to watch live, consider making yourself a chef’s salad for breakfast, courtesy of Gabrielle Hamilton. Or, if that’s not your thing, make a no-bake dessert and watch in the evening. Come to think of it, there’s no reason you can’t have no-bake mango lime cheesecake in the morning, too.
A reader recommends.
Hritam Mukherjee from Kolkata, India, recommends that you check out a song about summer rain. (This song is included on the At Home and Away summer playlist.)
Indian summers are incomplete without rain. One of my summer favorites is a Bollywood classic from a Hindi-language film called “Lagaan.” It is called “Ghanan Ghanan,” a vernacular onomatopoeia that refers to the roar of a rain cloud, and is a story in itself of an entire village coming together to celebrate the first spell of the season. The song is in Hindi, and employs a lot of folk instruments.
I enjoyed “The Richest Babysitter in the World,” a short story by Curtis Sittenfeld in The Atlantic.
This is a pretty cool use of artificial intelligence: Tell Gnoosic three bands you love and it’ll recommend others you might like.
I’ve been thinking recently about the Take-Away Shows, a series of intimate music videos shot in and near Paris by the French filmmaker Vincent Moon. Here’s a YouTube playlist of some of the best of the series. Here’s Lianne La Havas performing “No Room for Doubt” while walking through Montmartre in 2011.
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