STAFF PICKS FOR THE BEST THINGS TO WATCH, BUY AND READ THIS WEEK

A different kind of road trip, a new mini-series featuring chess — chess! — and, hey, who doesn’t need a new T-shirt?

WATCH | The Queen’s Gambit

Based on a 1983 novel, this mini-series follows the fictional tale of an orphaned chess prodigy — Beth Harmon, played by Anya Taylor-Joy — as she rises to fame and fortune in the rarified world of (men’s) professional chess during the 1950s. It touches on race, gender, drug abuse and other topics while simultaneously making chess seem truly thrilling (and we’re not being sarcastic about that, Jason). Watch it on Netflix.

BUY | Thanksgiving apparel

You know what makes Thanksgiving better? Themed T-shirts for the whole fam. Etsy has a popular array of T-shirts from “Oh Snap!” to ingredient-themed T-shirts like “turkey,” or “stuffing,” or “cranberry sauce.” Do we need more funny shirts cluttering up the closet? You betcha, especially this year.

READ | BLUE HIGHWAYS

Maybe you’ve had to put your wanderlust on hold during the pandemic. Here’s a way to unleash it vicariously, following writer William Least Heat-Moon on a meandering journey via rural roads across the United States, creating a mashup of conversation and contemplation that might resonate more now than when it was published in 1982. 

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