The Anxiety of Time Travel

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti in Palm Springs (Hulu)
Three comedies about tampering with time illustrate the folly of a primal human desire.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n this spring and summer of temporal stagnation, when the ordinary hebdomadal rhythms have been shattered, rush hour consists of commuting from one room of the house to another, and I have to remind myself what day of the week it is, I find myself thinking about time more than usual. How long will we be stuck in this bizarre and unasked-for present before life chugs forward again? Why do we crave that sense of moving toward something, anyway? Will I regret the resumption of normal life? Hulu’s new movie Palm Springs, an amusing and thoughtful romcom, was filmed before


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