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Another traumatic week of 2017 got you ducking for cover? Whether your chosen catharsis/distraction is the best-reviewed comic book movie in years, an enduringly creepy David Lynch classic or the latest must-listen podcast, we’ve got you covered. 

2 Dope Queens Podcast

Have we mentioned that Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams host one of the funniest shows you’ll find anywhere? Not yet? Well, this latest episode with Connie Britton and Gina Yashere of The Daily Show (you know, that show Williams used to be on) is a great place to start.

‘The Answers’ by Catherine Lacey

With her debut novel, Nobody is Ever Missing, Catherine Lacey showed she is one of fiction’s freshest, most talented young voices. With The Answers, a novel set in modern day New York City, Lacey offers up a more plot-driven, sometimes funny, oftentimes sad work that explores love in the gig economy. 

'Blue Velvet' Streaming on Hulu


‘Blue Velvet’ Streaming on Hulu

Since we can’t binge every new episode of Twin Peaks on Showtime, a journey through David Lynch’s back catalog is the next best thing. In this case, his 1986 classic starring  Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern and Dennis Hopper yelling “Heineken? Fuck that shit! Pabst Blue Ribbon!” never ceases to blow minds. Some would argue that this weird psychological noir remains his absolute masterpiece.

Chris Fleming’s ‘Polyamorous’

Comedian Chris Fleming outdoes himself in his latest Eighties-inspired music video parody starring himself in many guises – in which he dispels a few myths about who’s polyamorous (the dude who works at the Verizon store and wears vests to parties) and who’s not (the dude with bad hair).  Plus, the synthesizer sounds are sweet. Just watch this immediately. 

‘No Good Deed’ by Goldy Moldavsky

Goldy Moldavsky burst onto the literary scene in 2016 with the smash hit YA novel Kill the Boy Band, a look at fandom gone too far that resonated with readers of all ages.  Her second book, No Good Deed, which centers around “Camp Save the World, a summer program for teen activists who care about making a difference,” proves she’s no one-hit wonder.

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‘House of Cards’ Returns

Along with the return of too-true comedy of Veep this season, House of Cards was the most-anticipated Beltway-set series after the scary reality of Trump’s presidency. Frank and Claire Underwood return for a fifth season on Netflix, but can anything they do to keep the presidency compare to the destruction we’re experiencing in our everyday reality? Well, turns out the writers certainly want to capitalize on the D.C. insanity – we even get Frank (Kevin Spacey) issuing an executive order to ban Muslim travelers from entering the United States – but the campaign drama between Republican Will Conway (Joel Kinnaman) is a tough sell after the Hillary showdown we suffered through. That said, there’s something about gunning for Robin Wright’s Machiavellian mastermind, who’s sleeping with her lover in the White House, that almost makes us wish for that alterna-universe than the one we are currently enduring.