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 Watch
Shtisel — Family Drama, in Hebrew. Israeli TV like Fauda has made real inroads with American audiences, but Shtisel, which is now streaming on Netflix, is something different. Rather than action-packed thrills, it goes for gentle family drama, depicting the ordinary lives of ultra-religious (as in they don’t use the internet) Jews in Jerusalem. (Recommended by Tracy Moran, Drama Critic)
Versailles — Decadence on Screen. You may think you loved the manor houses of Downton Abbey, but the real opulence is all in this French-Canadian series set in the 1660s, when King Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles. Don’t expect Marie Antoinette — this is set before her time — but do expect plenty of intrigue and amazing fashion. (Recommended by Mark Fiorentino, OZY Fan)
Murder Mountain — True Crime on a Pot Farm. Humboldt County was known as a haven for pot smokers long before states starting legalizing marijuana left and right, but this series delves into the industry’s dark underbelly. This is one for true crime fans as it follows the disappearance of a young weed farmer. (Recommended by Theresa Sun, Mystery Solver)
What to Read
The Three-Body Problem — Thrills Amid Augmented Reality. Easily one of the smartest science thrillers in recent years, this novel by iconic Chinese writer and Hugo Award-winner Cixin Liu seamlessly marries China’s turbulent modern history with cutting edge physics to bring both alive. The book starts during the tumult of the Cultural Revolution, when a professor is beaten to death by his students after his own wife denounces him as a “class enemy.” Their daughter, who watches, grows into a top physicist who helps detect extraterrestrial life. Fast forward to the present, and Beijing is in the grip of a fresh crisis: Top scientists are being murdered, one by one. And the only clue binding the murders is an augmented reality video game called the Three-Body Problem, whose creators are unknown. (Recommended by Charu Sudan Kasturi, Not Playing Games)
The Vegetarian — Dark and Visceral. South Korean writer Han Kang’s masterful three-part novella tells the story of Yeong-hye, a young married woman who suddenly decides to stop eating all meat, to the chagrin of her husband. Over the course of her story, her family disintegrates and her mental health declines in a novel that’s a swirling meditation on desire (both unfulfilled and ill-advisedly fulfilled) and the power of individuals to help or change each other. This was the first of Kang’s books to appear in English. But after she won the Man Booker Prize in 2016, her other works have also been translated, so you can read your fill once you’re done with this one. (Recommended by Alex Furuya, Hungry for More)
What to Play
Monument Valley II — Colorful Puzzles. Even if you’re not a big mobile game player, it’s useful to have one or two for those moments when you lose reception underground or your flight goes on way past the supply of decent in-flight movies. So make it a game that’s worthwhile: Monument Valley II, the sequel to the 2014 hit Monument Valley, is a beautiful, colorful puzzle game. In it, you guide faceless and silent mother and daughter characters who must at times work together to move forward through 14 levels of intricate architectural puzzles. It won a Webby last year for best puzzle game and its trippy, M.C. Escher-style design will haunt your dreams if you play too much. (Recommended by Viviane Feldman, Beating Every Level)
And whatever you do, don’t do this…
Leave radioactive material lying around. A recent email to Park Service employees alerted them that three buckets of uranium ore had been left in the Grand Canyon National Park’s museum building for 18 years, which could have exposed both visitors and employees to radiation. An investigation is now underway as to why it was never removed. (Arizona Republic)
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