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
Killers of the Flower Moon — Origins of the FBI. David Grann is a master storyteller (seriously, go back and read The Lost City of Z, it’s still a knockout) and his latest book is no exception. It’s an incredibly well-researched non-fiction book about a series of suspicious murders of Native Americans who struck oil in 1920s Oklahoma. A film version is already in the works. (Recommended by Theresa Sun, Book Guru)
The Beastie Boys Book — They’re Back in Town! This is not some dashed-off rock star memoir to make some money before a tour. No, this is a 590-page tome filled with heartfelt admissions and fun facts. (Did you know that BEASTIE stands for Boys Entering Anarchistic States Toward Internal Excellence? We did not.) Pro tip: Get the book in audio format on Audible to have it read to you by the Boys themselves alongside other music legends. (Recommended by David Clements, OZY Enthusiast)
Fluke — What Are the Odds? The greatness of this book is twofold: First, everyone loves reading weird stories about crazy coincidences. Second, everyone loves being the person who gets to explain that crazy coincidences are rarely all that crazy — or that rare. Plus, author Joseph Mazur gives you a graspable explanation of some probability and statistical concepts you may have been pretending to understand, but didn’t, for years. (Recommended by Alex Furuya, Anecdote Master)
WHAT TO COOK
Anti-inflammatory Vegan Soup — Take That, January. Whether it’s actually medically beneficial, who knows? But it is warm, cozy and packed with vegetables, and that’s really all you were after on a cold winter night anyway. Dice up four cloves of garlic, an onion and as much ginger as you can stand, then heat olive oil in the bottom of a large pot. Add a diced red bell pepper, some jalapenos (two, unless you have a death wish), carrots, celery, a couple cans of chickpeas, green beans and a head of cauliflower cut into florets. Throw in two tablespoons of turmeric — warning: turmeric stains your pot, your clothes, your floor, everything — along with as much salt and pepper as you like. Cook about 10 minutes, until the vegetables are softened and smell amazing, then add a can of coconut milk and some vegetable stock to simmer for half an hour. Right before serving, you can garnish with cilantro or sriracha to really clear the sinuses. (Recommended by Viviane Feldman, Chef de Projet)
Yogurt in an Instant Pot — Breakfast All Week. If you, like some of us, got an Instant Pot over the holidays, it turns out you can … make your own yogurt? Hear us out, this is not a labor-intensive Gwyneth Paltrow thing: Cook a gallon of milk in the Instant Pot for 20 minutes until the milk hits 180 degrees, keep it there for 5-10 minutes, then let it cool to about 110 degrees. Whisk in a half cup of plain yogurt, then set the Instant Pot to “Yogurt” and just leave it for 8 hours. Or 24 hours. However many hours you want to, honestly, but the longer you cook it, the less you’ll have to strain it afterward. Later, seal it in whatever cute containers you have around and maybe label each jar with notes like “MONDAY BREAKFAST, DO NOT STEAL.” A gallon of milk should make more than enough for one person for a week, so you can sparingly share with anyone you think deserves it. (Recommended by Tracy Moran, Always Prepared)
WHAT TO LISTEN TO
OZY Confidential — What Are You Waiting For? There’s a lot of stuff to hear when it comes to modern podcasting, but not a whole hell of a lot to listen to — mostly because lots of podcasts didn’t get the memo that you should both have a little edge and not suck. And while I’m the host of OZY Confidential, I also would never try to shill stuff that I didn’t think should be shilled. So here’s what we’ve got: Audio that won’t make you wish you were listening to music, stories you’ll remember the next day, and the next. You’ll be eavesdropping on conversations I’d have wanted to listen to even if I wasn’t the one doing the talking. So listen up. We’ll make it worth your while. (Recommended by Eugene Robinson, Weekender Usurper)
And whatever you do, don’t do this …
Complain about your garden frost. China says seeds sent to the moon with its Chang’e 4 mission have sprouted, marking a giant leap for plantkind. The cotton seeds, which we at OZY will be calling Bud Aldrin, have sprouted in a sealed container and could presage a future in which crops are grown on the moon. (BBC)
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.