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 LISTEN TO

Heavyweight — The Past Is Barely Past. This American Life alum Jonathan Goldstein is the creative, um, heavyweight behind this podcast, which takes creators back to problems or moments that have stuck with them from their pasts. It’s an extraordinary feat of storytelling and will keep you coming back for more … and more, and more. (Recommended by Marion Cunningham, Here for the Heavy Stuff)

The Breakfast Club — No, Not the Movie. Watch the movie if you want to — it’s great. But also listen to this pop-culture YouTube radio show, which has a raw, natural vibe and honest celebrity interviews you don’t want to miss. (Recommended by Bishop Walton, OZY Fan)

Duncan Trussell Family Hour — Trippy But Real. Trussell’s podcast is an earnest, personal dissection of the nature of existence that may sometimes make you feel like the only person at a party who isn’t high. Try the episode featuring Paul Selig, who claims to channel spirits … even if you don’t buy it, you’ll find yourself repeating his words in times of stress. (Recommended by Rich Burns, Expanded Mind)

WHAT TO READ

The Art of Racing in the Rain — A Dog’s Life. Meet Enzo, an aging mixed-breed dog who loves his owner, a race car driver, and muses a lot about the meaning of life. Be warned, this one’s incredibly sad — most good books about dogs are — but it’s lovely and meaningful too. This is the kind of book that will make you cry over your keyboard while tweeting “we don’t deserve dogs.” (Recommended by Diana Clephane, Dog Lover)

White Chrysanthemum — Devoted Sisters. The issue of so-called “comfort women,” who were kidnapped into sexual slavery by Japan’s army during World War II, has made its way into the headlines in recent years with the Japanese government’s official recognition of its history in 2015. But few accounts are as visceral and unflinching as this novel about two sisters, one of whom is abducted … while the other grieves and wonders if she’ll ever see her again. (Recommended by Sophia Akram, Storyteller)

WHAT TO WATCH

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse — The Best Comic Book Movie of All Time. There is one main problem with Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, and it’s that it will forever ruin every other comic book-based film for you. And in case you were planning to just watch it on the small screen, we wanted to catch you before it leaves theaters: This is a film to be seen on the biggest screen possible. Animated and explosively funny, it captures the snarky wit and visual grace that made Spider-Man such a beloved character … and then adds a bunch of other Spideys on top of that. While it’s a story that delves deep into Spider-Man’s mythos and the alternate comic book universes that have been created by the franchise over time, it’s done so skillfully that you don’t need any prior knowledge of Spider-Man to enjoy it.

Perhaps best of all are the chase scenes, which manage to be both exciting and hilarious. Then there’s the fun of gradually identifying each voice actor — can you work out which one is Nicolas Cage? (Recommended by Ned Colin, Spider-Fan)

And whatever you do, don’t …

Fill your bags with leeches. We can’t be any clearer than that. A Canadian man returning from a trip to Russia was caught with 5,000 live leeches, which he says he was transporting for personal orchid-related use. Authorities are still trying to find caring homes for 3,950 of the parasitic worms after some were taken in by museums. (Daily Mail)

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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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