Even More Notes From Our Homes to Yours

Suggestions, lists, distractions and quarantine diaries from our reporters, critics and editors.

There’s a grand tradition at The New York Times that when people travel to another city or nation or region, they reach out to a reporter who works there for advice. They ask the food editor for recommendations as well, the travel editor, the art critic, the science writer who knows all about rain forests. These requests come often enough that some make lists — where to eat in Seoul, which museum to visit in Berlin. Journalists do this even when they’re cooped up during a pandemic, but about different things, of course. They take notes, casual but not — what to listen to, what to read, which workout to try. These notes, often assembled in shareable documents, reveal something of themselves and the work that they do. They are delightful, informative, helpful, low-fi insights into the worlds they inhabit. And at this extraordinary time, we thought we’d share them with you.

—Sam Sifton

Caity Weaver, Styles Reporter:
🔎 Almost Everything I Looked Up in a Week 🔍
“A name chosen at random from the Wikipedia list of outstanding young men/Americans. Not sure what the criteria are exactly.”
Ron Lieber, Writer-at-Large:
Covid Personal Finance Impact List 📊🔬
“Who knows what is coming next to our budget or the world? Might as well reset the thing while interest rates are at all-time lows.”
Veronica Chambers, Senior Editor, Special Projects:
My Favorite Gallery: My Apartment 🖼
“Every piece of art in my apartment is something I’ve bought slowly, over many months for each piece, on a payment plan.”
Gia Kourlas, Dance Critic:
My Rack of Shame 👗👔🧥🎩 (and some of the stories behind it)
“They are ridiculous. Sometimes I think Rei Kawakubo is playing a joke on me. Here are a few looks. Laugh your heart out.”
Guy Trebay, Styles Reporter:
A Walker in the City 👟🏰
“Myself, I like pavement. On occasion I enjoy a stroll through the woods or along a country lane, but never as much as I like to wander the streets of a city.”
Tina Jordan, Deputy Books Editor:
What I’m Watching 👀, Reading 📚, and Obsessing Over
“On these early summer mornings, my walks have stretched to 5, 6, even 7 miles because I want to hear just a little more.”
Jonah Bromwich, Styles Reporter:
Weather-related songs for ☁️ gloom ⛅️ or 🌤 less gloom ☀️🎵
“Warm, Sunny, Could Almost Go For a Run But Just Imagining Doing So Instead.”
Tejal Rao, California Restaurant Critic:
🌟good stuff, 7/20 edition 🌟
“Klancy Miller’s new magazine, and looking at food through the gaze of Black women.”