What the Dispatch Magazines staff is reading, watching and listening to this week

READING: “Educated” by Tara Westover

I went into [this memoir] with an interest in learning some of the details of a survivalist lifestyle, but was riveted by the story of what it is like to grow up with a mentally ill parent whose warped worldview seems to swallow the entire family. Hard to read, hard to put down. —Suzanne Goldsmith, Senior Editor, Columbus Monthly

READING: “The Reddit Forum That Guesses Who You Are Based on What’s in Your Fridge” by Helen Rosner

I enjoy reading The New Yorker's food correspondent Helen Rosner, and she recently tweeted out an amusing piece she wrote about the Reddit forum called Fridge Detective. In her words, it's a subreddit where "online sleuths ... examine, in minute detail, the interiors of one another’s refrigerators." It's voyeuristic and very entertaining. —Erin Edwards, Digital Editor | Dining Editor, Columbus Monthly

WATCHING: Homecoming (Prime Video)

I watched the first episode of Homecoming, and it is exactly what I hoped it would be. It's a psychological thriller about a woman who worked at a facility transitioning soldiers back to civilian life, and what really went on there. I loved the podcast and have been waiting in anticipation for the show. I think the visual style accomplishes the same cool eeriness as the audio on the podcast. —Chloe Teasley, Staff Writer, Columbus CEO

WATCHING: “Bad Times at the El Royale”

This past weekend, I finally got around to seeing “Bad Times at the El Royale,” a (somewhat) recently released film about four guests’ encounters over the course of an evening at a hotel that straddles the California-Nevada state line. Think ’70s Americana, a la Coen Brothers with a sprinkling of Wes Anderson. The script was a bit didactic at times, but at others, it was as full-bodied and attention-grabbing as the cinematography. —Rylan Lee, Intern, Columbus Monthly 

LISTENING: The Teacher’s Pet

If I were to make a list of things I dislike, driving and mornings would be at the top. The only thing making my current 45-minute commute bearable is a wealth of podcasts. I recently finished The Teacher’s Pet, a true crime podcast from the newspaper The Australian. In 14 episodes, journalist Hedley Thomas investigates the 1982 disappearance—and suspected murder—of Lyn Dawson. The circumstances surrounding Dawson’s “disappearance” weren’t exactly normal. A fraught marriage and her husband’s infidelity (with one of his students!) are just the beginning of this sad but addicting tale. —Brittany Moseley, Assistant Digital Editor


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