Why you should care
The Weekender is a special collaboration between OZY Tribe members near and far to provide delicious recommendations for your valuable weekend time.
WHAT TO READ
Undark Magazine — Explore the World. Science journalism can be one of the toughest beats in the industry: It’s dense and often difficult to explain, and many readers just tune out. But Undark, founded in 2016, is an extraordinary digital magazine covering science as it relates to society and our daily lives in a way that’s routinely fascinating. (Recommended by Dan Peleschuk, Always Curious)
This Is Where I Leave You — What’s Funnier Than Funerals? While this comic novel was made into a film, we can’t recommend that you watch it. Instead, go back to author Jonathan Tropper’s original, which is smart and hilarious. It’s the kind of book that makes you laugh out loud on public transit and embarrass yourself in front of strangers. (Recommended by Sharon O’Sullivan, Here for a Laugh)
Not a Scientist — The Politics of Facts. Essential reading for the era of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” journalist Dave Levitan’s book takes a deep dive into different ways politicians misrepresent, take credit for and mangle facts and scientific data for their own gain — and how it can be disastrous. (Recommended by Branda Brumaire, OZY Fan)
WHAT TO WATCH
Raazi — A Slick Spy Thriller. Set in 1971, this Indian action film follows Sehmat Khan (Alia Bhatt), a Kashmiri woman who’s recruited to replace her own father in his job … as an espionage agent. She spies on Pakistan for India while the two countries are at war over her homeland, but must choose between her love for her husband and her loyalty to family and country. Keep an eye on Bhatt: She’s possibly the best Bollywood actress of her generation. (Recommended by Charu Sudan Kasturi, On the Edge of His Seat)
Cold War — The Next Casablanca. This film, beautifully shot in black and white, zigzags between the constraints and patriotism of communist Poland and the hedonism of 1950s Paris, all united by the power — both destructive and creative — of music and song. It’s an extraordinary film, wrenching and gorgeous, with lead actors who will not only smash your heart into little pieces but can actually sing and play the music their characters do. (Recommended by Fay Schlesinger, Loves a Good Tearjerker)
WHAT TO EAT
Harissa — Not the Condiment. While it is known as a chile pepper paste, on snowy mornings in Kashmir, harissa is a winter treat. It’s a local breakfast dish that starts with meat, normally lamb or beef, that has been cooked over low heat for 6-7 hours. When it’s super tender, you add basmati rice and spices (don’t forget the cumin!) until the heady smell wafts through the house overnight, and you wake up ready to devour it. As a final touch, hot oil or butter is poured on top of each harissa bowl, sizzling and popping before you wolf down the entire thing with roti bread and a side of nunchai, traditional Kashmiri salt tea. If you find a restaurant that will make this for you, we suggest you move in. (Recommended by Maroosha Muzaffar, Relisher of Flavor)
And whatever you do, don’t do this…
Look a gift truck in the mouth. A truck crash in Thailand spilled 80,000 cans of Leo beer into the roads of Phuket. The driver says he lost control on a slippery road, and the mishap brought hundreds of locals out into the streets to scavenge the beers. Police say that if the individual beer thieves can be found, they may be charged. (UPI)
SLIDE INTO OUR DMS
Do you have a killer potato salad recipe that you’d like to share? Think you discovered the next great jam band? Share your suggestions with us here at OZY! Email us: Weekender@ozy.com.