What Do You Plan to Catch Up On This Summer?

What Do You Plan to Catch Up On This Summer?

Summer is just around the corner. Tell us how you would like to spend your time off from school, including the names of books, movies, television shows, albums, dance performances, plays and concerts you would like to check out.

In the introduction to “A Season to Catch Up on Reading,” John Williams writes:

Most years around this time, we ask The Times’s staff book critics what they’ll be reading over the summer. But book critics, when not reading, also spend the summer like the rest of us do: taking in movies, plays, ballets and the sun. So we’ve asked our book critics to tell us what other cultural offerings they’re looking forward to this season. And we’ve saved the “what you’re planning to read” question for The Times’s esteemed critics in other disciplines, bookish types all.

James Poniewozik, chief television critic, writes:

Having just finished writing a book that required a ton of nonfiction reading, I’m glad to read fiction again. First, I’m going to punch one of the remaining holes on my Nerd Card by finally reading “Watchmen,” the dark superhero alternative history by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, held to be one of the greatest graphic novels. It’s also the jumping-off point for an HBO series later this year, so I’m still reading for work as well as fun. But, baby steps.

Jennifer Szalai, book critic, writes:

My horror-movie-watching habits are seasonal: While I hesitate to watch anything with zombies in the winter (feeling trapped indoors by the weather makes for too much verisimilitude), I’m generally game to be terrified in the summer. Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die” is billed as a “zombie comedy” — the trailer makes it look more funny than scary, and the cast (including Tilda Swinton as a swordswoman-mortician) is a big draw for me. I was thinking that one of the shuffling, decaying figures looked suspiciously like Iggy Pop — and sure enough, it is.

The fifth season of “Black Mirror” is coming in June — brilliant and unsettling technological dystopia that’s so close to our present moment that I can only bear to consume a single episode at a time. I’m also looking forward to “I must create a Master Piece to pay the Rent,” the first museum survey of work by the Los Angeles artist Julie Becker, who died in 2016.

Students, read the entire article, then tell us:

— Are there any recommendations you just read about that interest you? If so, which?

— If you were asked to contribute an item for the same article, what would you recommend? Why?

— Have a look at The Times’s 75 recommendations for summer reading. What is your favorite genre or genres? What selections look interesting to you?

— What do you hope to accomplish and enjoy over the next few months in terms of reading, watching, listening, museum-going or otherwise engaging with creative works?

Students 13 and older are invited to comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff, but please keep in mind that once your comment is accepted, it will be made public.