Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Make Crispy Cauliflower, Read Margaret Atwood’s Latest & Crack Up With Mike Birbiglia

Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!


  • I’m planning to hate read that Salon.com article about why we don’t need pandas.  And then burn something. – Jessica
  • I’m obsessed with this book, We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedywhich is composed entirely of candid interviews with female comedians and the media gatekeepers who helped or hurt their careers. It’s fascinating, enraging, inspiring, and obviously very funny. — Winona
  • If you need a little perspective in your life, this will help you understand why timing is everything. — Ami
  • Everyone is talking about this piece on Jonathan Franzen being “the great hater.” – Ami
  • I was very interested to read this fascinating article about what happens to people when they smoke marijuana, not that I know anything first hand about that, nope nope. – Amelia
  • Oh shit, look, Margaret Atwood has a new book out? If you haven’t already read her classic novels — Handmaid’s Tale, The Edible Woman, Cat’s Eye – DO, but I’ll be over here in my bed racing through her latest, the final book in a trilogy, MaddAddam– Amelia


  • “It’s A Disaster” is streaming on Netflix — it’s a comedy about the apocalypse starring David Cross, Julia Stiles and America Ferrera.  I interviewed Stiles about the movie a few months back! – Jessica
  • Look, it’s not your fault or my fault that somehow the season three premiere of “Homeland” has leaked online. And we both know neither of us has self-control, so just watch it already. – Amelia
  • Over the summer, I saw the comedian Mike Birbiglia perform his newest material, so it’s a treat that one of his old comedy shows, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriendis streaming on Netflix.  (And if you haven’t watched his feature-length film, “Sleepwalk With Me” yet, that’s what you should be doing this weekend!) – Jessica


  • This crispy orange cauliflower is amaaaaaazing. Before I tried it I was super skeptical that CAULIFLOWER could taste anything like orange chicken, but somehow the texture totally works. It’s not exactly healthy, but it’s vegan, gluten-free, and super easy to make. — Winona
  • I haven’t tried this recipe for a microwavable single serving cookie, but the implications of its existence are life-changing. – Winona


  • I’m digging the Lianne La Havas album Is Your Love Big Enough on my Spotify. She’s a jazz singer with a modern twist and she’s the perfect background music for work … or something more intimate. – Jessica
  • Earlier this week, one of hip-hop’s legendary DJs, Mister Cee from New York’s Hot97 radio station, finally confessed to paying for sex with trans women. Mister Cee submitted his resignation to the station, but program director Ebro Darden (who I confessed to crushing on in this love letter to Hot 97’s morning show) refused to accept it. He then had a long on-air conversation with Mister Cee on the Hot 97 morning show, in what turned out to be a remarkably open, honest and non-judgmental discussion about acceptance in hip-hop. Listen below. — Amelia


  • Fall is basically here, better get used to it. American Eagle Outfitters has a bunch of jeans on sale for under $30 this weekend, so stock up! — Amelia