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  1. overnights
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: A Real VoiceA well-earned and long-time-coming alliance bears immediate fruit for June, but can it last?
  2. overnights
    Big Little Lies Season Premiere Recap: Let Second Grade BeginStrap in for another season of car-seat conversations, sandy footprints, and guttural female screams (this time from Queen Meryl herself!).
  3. overnights
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: The Trolley ProblemJune’s quest to obtain some high-power allies deepens our understanding of Serena and complicates our feelings about Commander Lawrence.
  4. overnights
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Martha, May I?When an opportunity lands in June’s lap to ingratiate herself with Mayday’s ragtag group of schemers, she jumps at it.
  5. best of 2019
    The Best Books of 2019 (So Far)Bowlaway, American Spy, and other standout books from the year.
  6. overnights
    The Handmaid’s Tale Season Premiere Recap: Mother NatureFollowing her baby daughter’s escape to Canada, June displays a new willingness to embrace the other mothers who care for her children.
  7. book review
    Elizabeth Gilbert’s New Novel Is All Sex, No DriveCity of Girls fails in its mission to make a liberated 1940s glamour girl compelling.
  8. chat room
    Fiona Shaw on Killing Eve, Fleabag, and How Phoebe Waller-Bridge ‘Enchanted’ Her“If I respond with my wayward rhythms to her rhythm, it’s like playing jazz.”
  9. summer preview
    12 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This SummerColson Whitehead, Jia Tolentino, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, and more.
  10. overnights
    Game of Thrones Series Finale Recap: BrokenMany died playing this game of thrones, but no one really won.
  11. overnights
    Game of Thrones Recap: It Tolls for TheeA massively uneven, occasionally brilliant episode drags down not one but two queens.
  12. tv
    Kit Harington Got Drenched With Wine During That Game of Thrones Party Scene“Everyone was trying to throw wine at Kit, so he had a horrible day,” says Kristofer Hivju.
  13. overnights
    Game of Thrones Recap: Worst Laid PlansDid everyone suffer a collective knock on the head and forget what happened the last time a fleet of Targaryen soldiers sailed down south?
  14. explainers
    How to Tell Dany’s Dragons Apart on Game of ThronesIs it Drogon, Viserion, or Rhaegal?
  15. sexy metafiction
    This Year’s Call Me by Your Name Is French: More Meta But Just As HotPhilippe Besson’s Lie With Me is reminiscent of André Aciman’s novel of young gay love, but its style is utterly unique (also no sexy peaches).
  16. chat room
    Game of Thrones Star Bella Ramsey Was Psyched to Fight a Giant Zombie“I was stabbing, with a bit of sloppy dragon glass, a green polystyrene ball.”
  17. overnights
    Game of Thrones Recap: Not TodayThe biggest battle of the series weaves intricate patterns around every character we know and love before giving us the deus ex machina we deserve.
  18. game of thrones
    Everything to Know About the Night King, White Walkers, and WightsA complete guide to the deadliest enemy on Game of Thrones.
  19. chat room
    GOT’s Gwendoline Christie Understands If You’re Worried About Brienne Now“Brienne has one of the few pure souls in the world of Game of Thrones. She’s one of the few truly good characters.”
  20. all in the family
    It’s Pretty Creepy to Root for Game of Thrones Incest, Right?Targaryen or not, Jon didn’t grow up hoping and praying that he might someday sleep with his aunt.
  21. overnights
    Game of Thrones Recap: And Now Our Watch Has BegunThe long night before the Long Night begins, complete with too much booze, some unexpected singing, and a glorious act of redemption.
  22. vulture lists
    The 10 Best Game of Thrones DuosForget the dragons: We’re here for the buddy comedies.
  23. overnights
    Game of Thrones Season Premiere Recap: Family ReunionWe return to where this whole saga began in a homecoming episode packed with a bunch of reunions, a couple of dragons, and one big family secret.
  24. roll call: westeros edition
    Wait, Who’s Still Actually Alive on Game of Thrones?Once scattered across a dozen cities and two continents, the sprawling cast has condensed into a few groups. These are their last known whereabouts.
  25. vulture lists
    25 Questions That Game of Thrones Needs to Answer in Its Final SeasonHow will Jon and Dany react to their surprise incest? Who will land the Iron Throne? What eyeliner brand does Euron use?
  26. profile
    Susan Choi on Her Mind-Bending #MeToo NovelHow rage and the Access Hollywood tape inspired this spring’s most inventive and polarizing novel.
  27. spring preview
    Spring Books Preview: Fiction We Can’t Wait to Read by Sally Rooney and OthersSubtle dystopias, #MeToo meditations, a mysterious vanishing, and just Normal People.
  28. smell-o-fiction
    Let’s Celebrate the Stinky Heroines of Repulsive Realist FictionThe New Me and other novels fight vlogger perfectionism with a refreshing dose of the gross.
  29. books
    The London Bookstore That Became the Face of a MovementA.N. Devers opened the Second Shelf to change how we talk about (and pay for) rare books by women.
  30. quel scandale
    The Book Publishing Scandals of Early February: Holy HellJill Abramson, Dan “tumor” Mallory, Bezos’s “picks,” YA troubles — and it’s only the 8th.
  31. memoirs
    How It Feels to Publish Your Wife’s Memoir About Dying“Who was I to sit there and kill her dream?” asks the widower of Julie Yip-Williams, author of The Unwinding of the Miracle.
  32. memoirs
    I Tried to Be Virginia Woolf. A Brilliant New Memoir Comes Closer.Katharine Smyth’s All the Lives We Ever Lived is both a literary tribute and a powerful debut of its own.
  33. the crime scene
    Crime-Solving Cats and Cozy Mysteries: A Publishing JuggernautMeow If It’s Murder is just the tip of a very large, very furry iceberg.
  34. class is in session
    ‘We Are Living in Evil’: Discussing Friday Black’s Horrific TruthsThe Vulture Spoiler Book Club on the shocking, hilarious, deeply moral stories of Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.
  35. bad girl lit
    The Villainous Bitch Has Become the Most Boring Trend in LiteratureWe wanted unlikable narrators; we got an army of psychopathic she-beasts too shallow to hate.
  36. most anticipated 2019
    37 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2019From old favorites (Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith) to new favorites (Sally Rooney, Marlon James), plus sequels to Olive Kitteridge and The Handmaid’s Tale.
  37. books
    10 Books Just Added to the Public Domain That Are Worth ReadingEdith Wharton, e.e. cummings, Agatha Christie, and more.
  38. best of 2018
    Fiction’s 10 Best Scenes of 2018Shocking confessions, acts of depravity, and a feminist meet-cute with a merman.
  39. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Finale Recap: For Better, for WorseAs Lila’s wedding approaches, the differences between her and Elena unite the two friends in silent understanding.
  40. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Recap: The Marriage PlotElena’s return to the quartiere finds her sorting out her own romantic confusion against the chaotic backdrop of Lila’s engagement.
  41. close reads
    My Brilliant Friend and the Relatable Horror of Elena’s ZitsIt isn’t merely that teenage Elena has acne, but how exquisitely all those pimples function as a (forsaken) facet of her character.
  42. year in culture 2018
    In Fiction, It Was the Year of the WomanAmid Trump-obsessed nonfiction blockbusters, women led the way forward for fiction that matters.
  43. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Recap: La Isla BonitaA viciously effective episode gives Elena what she’s always wanted, and then rips it all away.
  44. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Recap: If The Shoe Fits …A slow and slightly clunky hour fixates on the Cerullo siblings’ relationship to jealousy and fury.
  45. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Recap: Girl, You’ll Be a Woman SoonThe disproportionate dynamics between women and men color everything as Lila and Elena slide toward womanhood and all it entails.
  46. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Recap: Growing PainsAs Elena and Lila lurch toward womanhood, the closed-off intimacy of their relationship has been stretched loose.
  47. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Recap: The PlebsLila and Elena’s trajectories begin to diverge in an episode that fixates on what connects the two girls, and what sets them apart from each other.
  48. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Premiere Recap: The Sounds of ViolenceThe Elena Ferrante HBO adaptation kicks off with a tightly packed episode establishing the contours of Lila and Elena’s loud, crowded lives.
  49. ferrante fever
    Seven Great Books on Female Friendship Elena Ferrante Didn’t WriteBonds made and broken in great novels by Zadie Smith, Claire Messud, Toni Morrison, and others.
  50. lit parade
    Critics Didn’t Sweat Michelle’s Prose Style — They Just Wanted No-Drama ObamaThey found her big-money memoir, Becoming, a refreshing return to executive restraint.
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