This Weekend: An App to Keep Your Running on Track
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 WATCH
The Hook Up Plan – French Entanglements. Netflix’s forays into international content aren’t always great, but this is a total winner with eight episodes of bubbly Parisian joy. We won’t spoil the twists, but this tale of lonely dumpee Elsa, her best friends and the group’s romantic entanglements manages to be sexy, charming and relatable — the perfect rom-com. (Recommended by Viviane Feldman, Love Skeptic)
The Favourite — Court Intrigue. Ahead of Olivia Colman’s turn as Queen Elizabeth II in the next season of The Crown, check out her work as Queen Anne in this smart, dirty, incredibly enjoyable tale of two women jockeying for the queen’s favor in her opulent 1711 court. (Recommended by Wade Best, Popcorn Enthusiast)
The Masked Singer — Korean Import. We don’t want to overhype it, but this is the best reality show premise of all time: Celebrities have an on-screen singing competition … while wearing elaborate, identity-concealing costumes. It’s a Korean concept (there it’s called King of Mask Singer) that’ll make its U.S. debut in January, hosted by Nick Cannon and featuring Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy as judges. No word yet (obviously) on who the celebs will be, but you’ll find out their identities only after they get kicked off. (Recommended by Royd Chung, Binge Watcher)
WHAT TO READ
Uncommon Type — Hanks at His Best. Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks somehow manages to pull off having a collection of old vintage typewriters and makes it seem folksy rather than pretentious. But more than that: He’s written a collection of 17 short stories and … they’re actually lovely. The topics range from three weeks of non-stop sex and activities in his first piece to the tale of a mellowed-out veteran remembering his time overseas during the latter half of World War II. (Recommended by Branda Brumaire, Literati)
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things — Poetic Suspense. The heart of this Jon McGregor novel, set on a quiet English street, is a violent tragedy. What that tragedy is, you don’t find out until the end of the book, keeping you on the edge of your seat as you discover McGregor’s quietly poetic style and skill at uncovering the hopes, dreams and fears of his diverse cast of neighbors. It’s a balancing act, one that got the novel longlisted for a Man Booker Prize, and one that you should definitely read. (Recommended by Barb Fletcher, All-Night Reader)
WHAT TO DOWNLOAD
RunSocial — Keep Your Resolutions. Running is boring. Apologies if you like running, but winter running especially can be a slog. Either you’re outside freezing and probably getting rained on, or you’re inside on a treadmill for what feels like forever. But RunSocial, an augmented reality app, might help you stay on your running toes if you’ve sworn to do more cardio in 2019. It allows treadmill users to choose their setting — and then watch the screen as they go running in the Swiss Alps, in Death Valley or along the track of the London marathon. And if friends are using the app at the same time, they can all run along together.
Obviously, it’s not as good as running in all these places for real, but it beats staring at the wall … and, hey, maybe it’ll inspire you to really get yourself to the Alps. (Recommended by Sophia Akram, Exercising Under Protest)
AND WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T DO THIS …
Biohack yourself like an idiot. A French high school student made translated passages from the Bible and Koran into DNA code sequences to create new proteins, then injected them into his legs. As yet, the ill effects have been limited to swelling, but doctors warn such experiments could have serious consequences. (Daily Mail)
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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