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Perhaps you’re wondering if you’ll get to hear the crash of the ocean this summer or the chatter of cicadas on an August night. Maybe what you miss most is the din of a sunny Saturday in the park, once easily accessible a few blocks away. While the lockdown holds, try listening to Environments, a series of nature recordings that is the next best thing to being outdoors. Recorded on reel-to-reel tape and initially released throughout the 1970s, the albums not only birthed meditative nature recordings but also remain unrivaled in the genre. Each features two uninterrupted tracks of 30 minutes or longer, with titles such as “Wood-Masted Sailboat” and “Dusk in the Okefenokee Swamp.” Eleven albums you may never have needed, until you did. ( —Alex Oliveira



British playwright and screenwriter James Graham tells a story familiar to many of us—at least those of us across the pond—in this new three-part TV series: Diana and Charles Ingram, the stiff-upper-lip English couple, who, in the early 2000s, cheated on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? for a prize of nearly $1.5 million. Adapted from Graham’s stage adaptation of the scandal, Quiz is led by acute performances from Fleabag’s Sian Clifford and Succession’s Matthew Macfadyen—who is equal parts liable and panicked—alongside a glossy Michael Sheen. Revisiting this uncomfortable story, buoyed by 19 years of hindsight, makes for provocative programming. (Premieres May 31, —Bridget Arsenault



Stress cleaning: it’s a thing. While spending a disproportionate amount of time with a bottle of Clorox, I came to realize that my bathroom tile was looking rather dull and, dare I say, grimy. Various sponges did little to remove soap scum, so I scrolled through a gazillion Amazon reviews for a more specialized product before settling on the Drillbrush. Easily attached to a power drill, this heavy-duty scrubber did its job within minutes, leaving my bathroom as sparkling as the one at Rome’s Hotel de Russie. (My happy place.) The best money I’ve spent throughout this entire pandemic. ($20, —Ashley Baker


Toast Workshops

Learning a language, mastering pie dough—basically, making lemonade is a common response to lemons offered by lockdown. Toast, a British clothing-and-lifestyle brand committed to ethical practices and promoting craftsmanship, has launched a series of virtual workshops that aim to edify and engage during social distancing. Hosted over Zoom, the classes cover topics including natural vegetable dyeing, experimental line drawing, and herbal-tea blending. A hit of the series has been the Art of Repair, where participants are taught a Japanese method of reworking and repairing textiles. After being shown a series of techniques, attendees try their hand at patching and stitching a piece of their own. (Suggested donation $6, —Bridget Arsenault

Issue No. 46
May 30, 2020
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Issue No. 46
May 30, 2020