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Seven things you need to check out this week

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After a long, hot week filled to the brim with plenty of 2017 weirdness, we present seven ways – From Courtney Love in a Lifetime movie to a literary comeback 25 years in the making –  to get your mind off whatever is at the top of our politics section right now (and whatever takes its place in the coming days). 

‘Swell’ by Jill Eisenstadt

Jill Eisenstadt made a splash in the literary world in the Eighties with her debut From Rockaway, then followed it up with a book of short stories in 1991, Kiss Out. Since then, sadly, no books have emerged from the outer-borough native. Now, in 2017, she’s returned to the fiction world, revisiting her old stomping grounds – Rockaway Beach post-9/11, pre-Hurricane Sandy –  in this funny novel perfect for weekend-getaway reading. Don’t call it a comeback – call it the literary comeback of the year. 


‘Oh, Hello’ on Netflix

You’ll be charmed (I’m sure) to watch Gil Faizon (Nick Kroll) and George St. Geegland (John Mulaney) discuss their lives in New York City, their popular cable access show and, of course, watch them prank various people by serving them too much tuna. Filmed during the recent limited run of Kroll and Mulaney’s hilarious two-man Broadway show (featuring special nightly cameos from celebs like Matthew Broderick, as seen above), Oh, Hello triumphs as comedy in spite of its hyper-specific, Upper West Side-centric worldview.

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