The Binge

Why This Book Set In An Alternate Universe Should Be Your Next Read

By Jessica Best - 16 May 2019

Settle in for good times this weekend because there's a sling of binge-worthy goods you need to cross off your bucket list.

Here's everything you need to binge this weekend.

Step Up

Harness the noughties this weekend with a flashback to a time where dancing movies were a massive thing. Step Up has just landed on Netflix and if you need a refresher, this one has Channing Tatum all over it. Set in Baltimore, Step Up follows the story of Tyler Gage (Tatum) and the privileged dancer Nora Clark (Jenna Dewan) who find themselves paired up in a showcase that is locked to determine the rest of their lives. Head here to watch it.


Easy is an anthology series from creator Joe Swanberg that explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture. Season three has hit Netflix and the eight-episode series, written and directed by Swanberg, features Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress and Emily Ratajkowski.

Dream It Real

Dive into deep conversations with Dream It Real, a new podcast seeking to drive conversations around thought leaders, inspiring young people and their dreams for themselves and the future by Coach. The interview-based series is hosted by Heben Nigatu, who in 2016 was named of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and kicks off with the global face of Coach Selena Gomez who chats on the subject of authenticity, social media, self-acceptance and her collaboration with Cardi B. You’ll also find episodes with Michael B. Jordan and GOT actress Maisie Williams.

Machines Like Me By Ian McEwan

Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever – a love triangle soon forms. This provocative and thrilling book warns of the power to invent things beyond our control.


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