Welcome. It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, and some will be gathering in person with family for the first time in more than a year. It’s exciting! And maybe overwhelming. The emotions can be unexpected: Jorge Ramos had first date-style jitters before reuniting with his mother. If you’re feeling socially maladroit after so much social distance, we have some exercises to help you limber up. And if you’re vaccinated but your kids aren’t, take the advice of public health experts on what’s safe and what’s not.
Perhaps you’ll make brunch. Or take in a healing episode of the animated series “The Midnight Gospel.” Maybe you’ll turn the holiday on its ear and watch a movie called “Mother” or some variation thereof in which “the title women are mostly killers, menaces, sexual obsessives and sometimes all three.” (I loved Octavia Spencer in the thriller “Ma.”)
There’s lots to do this weekend, whether you’ve got big Mother’s Day plans or not. The final season of the wonderful series “Shrill” drops on Hulu today. Here’s a profile of Lolly Adefope, the British actress who plays Fran on the show. Elon Musk is hosting “Saturday Night Live,” and the response to the news has been mixed, from the public as well as the show’s own performers. The Metropolitan Opera’s 2011 staging of Philip Glass’s opera “Satyagraha,” about Gandhi’s early activism in South Africa, is finally available on DVD, and the critic Seth Colter Walls says it’s “one of the best Met productions of the 21st century.”
Stacey Abrams has a new novel, “While Justice Sleeps,” a Supreme Court thriller. (And she’s reading “The Coldest Winter” by David Halberstam.) Sarah Schulman’s “Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993” is based on 17 years of interviews with nearly 200 members of the direct-action group that worked to end AIDS. Parul Sehgal read all 700 pages of it in a day. Michael Lewis has a new book, about the pandemic. And Alison Bechdel’s first book in almost a decade, about her obsession with fitness fads, looks extremely promising.
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Jasmine Ramos from Chicago is finding joy in K-pop.
There’s always something going on in the world of K-pop, from new albums to music shows and game shows. It’s nearly impossible to stay bored — there’s always something to watch or listen to. Should you find yourself wanting to indulge in a K-pop performance, I recommend Ateez’s cover of “Rhythm Ta,” originally by the group iKON.
What’s helping you lead a full and cultured life these days, at home and away? Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your full name and location and we might feature your response in a future newsletter. We’re At Home. We’ll read every letter sent. More ideas below. I’ll see you on Wednesday.