This Weekend: America Through New Eyes
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.
By OZY Editors
WHAT TO DOWNLOAD
NYT Crossword Puzzle — Waste Time the Erudite Way. Nobody loves crosswords more than we do (sorry, Will Shortz), and the New York Times is the gold standard. Even if you don’t currently agonize over them, this app is a really good way to get yourself addicted, since it gives you access to decades of puzzles. (Recommended by Alex Furuya, Puzzle Master)
Goldstar — Seats for Less. Goldstar Events has long been selling discounted tickets to music, theater, movies and sports events, with a focus on young audiences that might otherwise not be going to see live shows. The app is just a simpler way to get them — and they are genuinely discounted, which is refreshing. (Recommended by Alex Lau, Theatergoer)
Cinemagraph Pro — Spice Up Your ‘Gram. First, some background: A cinemagraph is a still image where just one part is animated, so a combination of still footage and video. This is the best app for creating them … and it’s free, though subscriptions to fully use it will cost you between $15 and $300 depending on what you want. (Recommended by Sophia Akram, Camerawoman)
WHAT TO READ
In the Distance — America Through New Eyes. Hernan Diaz’s debut novel is a gripping adventure story, the tale of a Swedish kid walking all the way across 19th century America to find his long lost brother. Diaz’s captivating description, told through the eyes of someone genuinely baffled by much of what he sees, will appeal to the travel writing devotee in most of us and catapult us beyond the banalities of modern life into something rich and strange. (Recommended by Jana Bennett, OZY TV Guru)
Pachinko — An Immigration Story. The title of Korean-American author Min Jin Lee’s newest novel refers to a Japanese form of pinball enjoyed by the patrons of the protagonist’s gambling shop in 1960s Nagano. And that protagonist — as all great ones do — has a terrible secret. His is about his identity: He’s hiding his Korean background, and its discovery would mean he’d be subjected to the abuse heaped on immigrants in mid 20th-century Japan. (Recommended by Sharon O’Sullivan, Pinball Wizard)
WHAT TO LISTEN TO
Southern Gothic — Spooky Stories From the Bayou. This podcast hasn’t made the headlines like S-Town did, but it explains the American South’s folklore and history — from the burning of Atlanta to the legend of Tennessee’s Bell Witch, which reportedly enjoyed having arguments about religious scripture.
This also scratches the true crime itch as it recounts stories (some of them about famous crimes) in a similar style to many popular true crime podcasts. And there is an entire miniseries on Southern cryptids like the rougarou, a Louisiana bayou werewolf. You won’t be able to inhale this fast enough. (Recommended by Perry Jeffries, OZY Fan)
And whatever you do, don’t do this …
Fart on other people, jeez. But if you DID, it’s not a form of bullying in Australia. That was the ruling of a court of appeals in Victoria state, after an engineer brought the case that his supervisor constantly farting on him counted as bullying. (Fox News)
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.
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