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Welcome. It’s nearly fall. School’s in session, Broadway’s back, the Emmy Awards are on Sunday and, depending on how you’re doing today, you might be feeling a sense of anticipation. Or is that anxiety? Sometimes, they’re indistinguishable. We continue, nonetheless.

Here’s what I’m excited about: Ken Burns’s Ali documentary series. The “Sopranos” prequel, “The Many Saints of Newark.” New books — fiction (Cixin Liu, Jonathan Franzen, Hillary Rodham Clinton?) and non- (Amia Srinivasan’s “The Right to Sex,” essays by Phoebe Robinson). Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch.” Diana Ross’s first album in 15 years.

Lil Nas X’s debut studio album is out today. That’ll be my (and perhaps your?) weekend listening. Lindsey Buckingham’s new one is out today, too — alternate between the two for a real zoomer-boomer cocktail.

Or have an actual drink: Eric Asimov has 10 takeaways from seven years of his “Wine School” column that’ll help you choose a good bottle (or two) for the weekend. Or go for some brisk seltzer, in moderation. (Perhaps Topo Chico?)

Round out your generation-hopping entertainment with Julie Delpy’s Netflix series, “On the Verge,” described in Decider as “‘Girls’ if all the characters were twenty years older and in full midlife crisis mode.” To me, that’s a recommendation. If it’s not your thing, A.O. Scott recommends Clint Eastwood’s “deep cut for the die-hards,” “Cry Macho.” (Delpy: Gen X. “Girls”: millennials. Eastwood: Silent Generation. Bingo!)

Your list of lists.

5 Things to Do This Weekend >> In N.Y.C. and online.

26 Fall Recipes Our Food Staff Can’t Wait to Make >> Mushroom bread pudding!

11 Books by Latinos to Read for Hispanic Heritage Month >> Natalie Diaz’s “Postcolonial Love Poem.”

9 New Books We Recommend This Week >> Alexander Vindman tells his story.

Fall Brings a Bounty of New Albums. Watch for These 3. >> New one from the indie rockers Parquet Courts.

A Rare Look at Bob Dylan in the Studio, and 13 More New Songs >> “The War on Drugs trades psychedelic haze for 1980s heft.”


While the appeal of trotting the globe and crashing on strangers’ sofas may have faded, for now or forever, “Paradise Lost: The Rise and Ruin of Couchsurfing.com,” from Input, is a riveting read that will help satisfy any wanderlust you’ve been experiencing lately.

“While a home-roasted chicken represents an idealized American dinner, the rise of the ubiquitous takeout rotisserie chicken is an extreme microcosm of the commodification and exploitation of that vision.” Read Cathy Erway on “America’s favorite illogically cheap, ecologically dubious roasted chicken.”

And thanks to Sam Sifton for rickrolling me: Here’s Rick Astley and Blossoms performing the Smiths’s “This Charming Man” in London earlier this week. Enjoy.

Tell us.

What are you looking forward to this fall? Write to us: athome@nytimes.com. Be sure to include your full name and location and we might feature your response in a future newsletter. We’re At Home and Away. We’ll read every letter sent. There are more good ideas for passing the time this weekend below. See you next week.

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