Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland, Watch “Masters Of Sex” & Make Apple Pie Ice Cream

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!


  • This long interview Vulture did with Brad Paisley about the disastrous song “Accidental Racist” was a really enlightening and interesting read. It’s also a master class for public figures who fuck up and want to learn from their mistakes. – Winona
  • This short and sweet piece on McSweeney’s, in which the writer reimagines Walter White’s “I am the one who knocks” speech as written by other famous writers, made me LOLLLL. For example, here’s how George R. R. Martin might have written that notorious monologue from “Breaking Bad”: “‘I am the man who swings the sword on others,’ said Ser Walder, of House White. ‘Valar morghūlis.'” – Amelia
  • Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland is finally out! Woot! This novel is set in both America and India and sounds positively epic. – Amelia


  • “Masters Of Sex” premieres on Showtime this Sunday night! That’s where I’ll be! – Jessica
  • Having read multiple reviews of “Don Jon,” the directorial debut from Frisky boyfriend Joseph Gordon Levitt, most of which have been very positive, I’ll be seeing this movie in theaters this weekend. The movie also stars JGL, alongside Scarlett Johansson, and is about a guy who’s found his expectations affected by watching a lot of porn. Sounds like lots of dudes I know! Check out the trailer below. – Amelia



  • I’ve been listening to up-and-coming country artist Kacey Musgraves a lot. She has a very organic, raw sound with a big of a bluegrass edge. Her album, Same Trailer Different Park, is really catchy. – Katie
  • If you enjoy folk-pop in the vein of KT Tunstall, then you might want to check out Julia Weldon. I’m loving her album, Light Is A Ghost, which is the perfect background music for a lazy weekend afternoon. – Jessica
  • All week, I’ve listened to nothing but Drake’s new album, Nothing Was The Same, (“Pound Cake” is my jaaaaaam), and the full-length debut from HAIM, which has been streaming on NPR. This trend continues into the weekend. Join me! – Amelia
  • Someone I follow on Twitter just piqued my interest with this tweet: “The new ‘Poop Train’ episode of Radiolab is a horrifying treasure.” SOLD! Listen here. – Amelia