Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch “The Jinx,” Read H Is For Hawk & Make Avocado-Mango Chicken


John Jeremiah Sullivan is the kind of writer that will take something that you couldn’t give a shit about and make it the most compelling, beautiful thing you’ve ever read. “READ THIS!!”, you’ll type in text messages and email subject lines, sending it to all of your friends. Here’s a new thing of his in the Oxford American, about Texas, race, music and a whole lot more.  – Megan

A letter of recommendation about seltzer water seems silly, but then you realize Mary H.K Choi wrote it, and you’re like, “Oh, word? I’m gonna read this RIGHT NOW.” – Megan

I read a review of Helen Macdonald’s H Is For Hawk, grabbed the free sample on my Kindle, and when I was finished, bought the book immediately. She writes with such grace. It’s the kind of writing that you want to read very, very quickly, because each sentence is so good, but I urge you to slow down, and take your time. – Megan

I plan to start reading Yargo, a science fiction romance novel by Valley of The Dolls author Jacqueline Susann, which I have only recently discovered exists. Wikipedia says: “Yargo tells the story of Susan Cooper, a young human woman abducted by aliens from Avalon, N.J. where she is captivated but disturbed by the beautiful and intelligent but emotionless Yargoans.” So yeah, I’m pretty fucking excited about that. – Robyn

The second issue of 2015 of the LA-based indie mag Darling is out, and I plan to spend the rest of my Hobbit-filled weekend lounging in bed very luxuriously, while flipping through its heavy creamy pages filled with gorgeous photography and badass features written by women I admire about women who are badasses. It  only comes out 4 times a year, is $20 a pop, and is absolutely worth it. You can subscribe here– Beejoli


Starring Michael Fassbender as a mysterious musician who wears a papier mache head 24/7, “Frank” follows the adventures of an eccentric and mostly untalented pop band as they attempt to record an album. It’s dark, it’s funny as hell, and I love it. – Claire

About once a year, on a date of no particular significance other than it being a good day to be a shut-in, I like to perform my most meditative activity of my life: get super high and watch the entire “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, while eating Pizza Hut. It’s incredibly specific, I’m aware, but it’s the best nine hours of my life. Clearly, you should do this too. –Beejoli

Beejoli has been going on and on about “The Jinx” on HBO for weeks and I kept thinking she was talking about that show “The Knick,” but it turns out, “The Jinx” is a multi-part documentary directed by Andrew Jarecki, about real estate heir and accused murderer Robert Durst. I love a true crime docuseries, so I started watching it yesterday and quickly realized I knew the story — that Durst had been on trial for the murder of his neighbor in Galvaston, Texas, but that he had also been suspected of killing his first wife Kathie 20 years prior. And I knew the story because I had seen “All Good Things,” starring my boo Ryan Gosling, which was a dramatization of those events, also directed by Jarecki. Apparently the real Robert Durst — who is a free man, by the way, and maintains his innocence in Kathie’s disappearance — agreed to do the documentary after seeing Jarecki’s film. Anyway, this is a really long way of saying you should totally watch “All Good Things” — because GOSLING, obvs — and then immediately start binging on “The Jinx.” If you start RIGHT NOW, you can be all caught up by the time the fifth episode airs tonight at 8 p.m. – Amelia

Meanwhile, I am all caught up, so I’m going to invest my Sunday in watching “High Maintenance,” the Vimeo webseries about a weed delivery guy in New York City, with each episode focusing on a particular client. As a midnight toker myself, there is something fascinating about the relationships between people and their dealers. I expect to laugh my ass off. – Amelia

I’ll be watching Absolute Beginners,” the David Bowie-acted movie based on the coming-of-age novel by Colin MacInnes after which my new fitness column is named. – Rebecca


Oh look, Solange curated a playlist for you and it’s full of chill jams perfect for this “is-it-spring-yet-i-think-it-might-be” weather we’re having. – Megan

The podcast “Reply All” explores all things internet. Whether it’s the tale of the tech guy tasked with expanding Paper’s crash-proofing capabilities before Kim Kardashian’s internet-breaking photos were released or the emotional stories we inadvertently make public through Venmo, it’ll make you think twice about what’s really going on behind our glowing screens. – Claire

I’ve listen to the occasional episode of the WTF Marc Maron podcast, but I finally decided to download the app and buy a premium subscription so that I always have some amazing conversation to listen to while I’m out and about. Marc Maron has interviewed a wide range of characters for his podcast, producing hundreds of hour-plus-long in-depth conversations about depression, drug abuse, comedy, music, politics, fear, love, you name it, with the likes of RuPaul, Robin Williams, Louis CK, Jenny Slate, Amy Poehler, Lena Dunham — really, fucking everyone. Every single episode offers a snapshot into a rarely seen side of these entertainers, but also resonates on a deeply human level. – Amelia

I plan to organize my makeup, a giant pile of which is currently spread across my bureau like an Old Country Buffet of MAC and OCC, while listening to the new audiobook version Agorafabulous: Dispatches From My Bedroom by the hilarious Sara Benincasa. – Robyn

Ibeyi is a French-Cuban art pop duo who sing in French and Yoruba. From what I’ve heard so far it’s super minimal and beautiful and I’m anxious for mooooooore. – Rebecca


Avocado-mango chicken is not for the faint of heart, depending on how you make it, but it combines pretty much all of my favorite cooking ingredients in one place. Also, I have a box of mangoes I have to put to use, and this seems like a darn good place to start. – Rebecca