Instead of making a New Years resolution, try something new


“One thing I’m dying to try is cooking the foods that are already in my fridge. I don’t need it to become a habit. I just want to try it. Just once. Once in my stupid and useless life, I would like to skip the take out and say to myself, “OK, arrogant, needy, two-faced baritone, not funny and lewd, eat your groceries.” It may sound small, but I believe in being gentle with myself. – Cole escola, 35 years old, comedian and actor

“I was thinking about New Years resolutions and how everyone wants to be fit, look great and feel young. And the one thing I would love to try that I’ve never done that will help me feel young in some ways is TikTok. Opera is in a constant state of emergency and TikTok is in thinly veiled chaos. So I think there are similarities, but to be an opera singer you have to live this very disciplined life. And I’m drawn and drawn to the kind of spontaneity that seems to be required for TikTok. And I’m always trying to get a glimpse of what different communities and different generations are thinking and trying to find bridges between that and this kind of seemingly eerie world of classical music. – Anthony Roth Costanzo, 39, Grammy-nominated opera singer with the Metropolitan Opera and artist in residence at the New York Philharmonic

“I think 2022 may be the year I learn to drive. I never learned to drive. My wife and I bought a car during the first pandemic summer and since then I have been pushing that I learn to drive it. And I think that while I love to be driven, I think it’s finally time that I have to learn how to contribute to my weight. Mars Hobrecker, 28 years old, tattoo artist

“I want to learn to cook. I think as a 45 year old man it’s embarrassing not to know how to cook. Because right now, if the company is falling apart, all I can do is tell jokes, and I don’t know if that’s going to do the job. I want to have something tangible to offer. Right now I can make scrambled eggs, and I was able to make really good spaghetti. Oh yeah, and toast. People underestimate the technique of making the perfect toast, and I’m not one of those people. I take it very seriously: the thing with toast is you want to put the dial between 2 and 3 and then you want to push it down, but you can’t let it come out. You have to watch it. And just when you see a little brown in there, that’s when you bring it up. You want it to be firm and yet soft in the middle, then you can put this butter in it. – Bashir Salahuddin, 45, writer, actor and co-creator and star of “South Side” on HBO Max