AKA how to welcome 2016 with open arms.
Listen: “★” by David Bowie
David Bowie is always unpredictable. Case in point: His 25th album, “★” (pronounced “Blackstar,” natch), will fail to fit any one genre when it’s released January 8th—on Bowie’s 69th birthday. Instead, expect a mash-up of hip-hop, jazz, and pop from maybe the only legend who can turn a symbol into an album title.
Watch: “Making a Murderer”
Your friends have cancelled plans with you because they couldn’t pull themselves away from the Netflix series. See what the hype’s all about and get sucked into the true story of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who spent 18 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit before being put back in for a murder he maybe didn’t do. Be prepared to flake out on everything on your calendar until you’ve watched all 10 episodes.
Adios, annoying FedEx notes deeming your package undeliverable without a signature. This app hooks you up with a third party that’ll receive the package, sign for it, and deliver it to your door when you’re home. If you’re an Amazon Prime regular, consider splurging for the $19 monthly subscription.
Read: “Make Me” by Lee Child
Jack Reacher steps off the train in a Midwestern town called Mother’s Rest, mainly to figure out where the name originated. He ends up befriending a detective and setting out to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her partner. What happens next takes the pair to Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco, and back to Mother’s Rest to confront a horrific conspiracy rooted in the small town.
Celebrate: Snow days—best spent binging on all of the above.