July finds wise New Yorkers fleeing the heat mirage of New York for the rolling foothills of the Catskill mountains, breezy coastlines of Rockaway and Jersey, or sun-kissed destinations farther afield. When we’re back in town, we might take refuge with a book (like Rachel Cusk’s subtly genius novel, Transit) in the shade of a Prospect Park oak, bask in the delightfully air-conditioned Metropolitan Museum (where Ragnar Kjartansson’s latest transcendent video installation, Death is Everywhere, is on view), or sip a cold beverage on some rooftop watching the sunset while listening to the sounds of summer (if it’s daytime, might we recommend Bruce’s new record: Western Stars, if nighttime, spin Mark Ronson’s Late Night Feelings). Wherever July finds you, we hope the July, 2019 edition of Miscellaneous — Athletics’ no-frills round-up of the cultural items that inspire us each month — keeps you cool, collected, and culturally satisfied.
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“Haze. Three student violists boarding
a bus. A clatter of jackhammers.
Granular light. A film of sweat for primer
and the heat for a coat of paint.”
— From “Morningside Heights, July” by William Matthews (1998)
Header Image: “Pacific Coast View / Gibson Beach, Pt. Lobos, Monterey Coast” by Carleton Watkins