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  1. best of 2021
    The Best Books of the Year (So Far)The slate for 2021 — of fiction and nonfiction alike — is bursting with vibrancy and verve.
  2. the art of ending things
    Why the End of Atonement Is a Triumph for Unreliable NarratorsWhen Ian McEwan’s book came out, the final twist infuriated many readers. Twenty years later, it’s a classic of the form.
  3. behind the scenes
    Pieces of a Woman Hinges on One Heaving, Tremendous Home Birth-SceneThe filmmakers and star Vanessa Kirby explain how the tragic 24-minute shot came together.
  4. 2021 preview
    46 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2021With new novels by Kazuo Ishiguro, Rachel Cusk, and more.
  5. best of 2020
    The Best Books of the Year (So Far)During a difficult year, fiction is rising to contemporary challenges and demands.
  6. windsor woes
    The Crown Found Its Scoundrel in CharlesIf the Netflix series once wanted us to see the prince as a sensitive man dragged along by an unfeeling system, it certainly doesn’t anymore.
  7. overnights
    The Good Lord Bird Finale Recap: He Stirred Shit UpThis story ends exactly how and when it should, but damn, I wish there were more.
  8. overnights
    The Good Lord Bird Recap: LunaticsThe penultimate episode leans into John Brown’s failed raid on Harpers Ferry as a comedy of errors.
  9. overnights
    The Good Lord Bird Recap: Jesus Walks“Hiving the Bees” painstakingly recounts just how exquisitely John Brown fumbled his planning for the raid at Harpers Ferry.
  10. overnights
    The Good Lord Bird Recap: No More WordsAn exquisitely rendered hour of television finally regulates Onion and John Brown’s relationship.
  11. chat room
    Why Daveed Diggs Finally Agreed to Play Frederick Douglass for Good Lord Bird“It’s not a goal of mine to play historical figures … I’m not really interested in the hero worship that we normally do with our biographies.”
  12. overnights
    The Vow Season-Finale Recap: Take Back Your LifeThe Vow concludes having given us only the briefest of glimpses into what culpability really looks like. Then again, there’s always next season.
  13. overnights
    The Good Lord Bird Recap: Meet the DouglassesFrederick Douglass (Daveed Diggs) is introduced in direct dichotomy to Brown in an episode that purposely pushes our buttons.
  14. book review
    DeLillo and Amis’s New Books Are Lazy Versions of Their Greatest HitsIf you’re looking to the old guard for innovation, you’re in for a disappointing reading season.
  15. overnights
    The Vow Recap: Maybe You Should Talk to SomeoneHeading into its endgame, The Vow makes the claim that the poison that destroyed NXIVM at the root was plain-old endemic misogyny.
  16. overnights
    The Good Lord Bird Recap: Divided in HalfA slower, moodier episode pulls back on Brown’s scene-stealing hijinks and switches the narrative from savior-focused to slave-focused.
  17. overnights
    The Vow Recap: The Body Keeps the ScoreA two-pronged episode fills in an important element of Keith’s backstory, as Catherine Oxenberg inches closer to legal action against him.
  18. overnights
    The Good Lord Bird Premiere Recap: What a Beautiful CountryA busy premiere built around one skirmish after another nonetheless admirably strings together a morally complicated situation.
  19. overnights
    The Vow Recap: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed“Honesty & Disclosure” finally catalogues the backlog of other accusations leveled against Keith Raniere & Co. for almost a decade.
  20. overnights
    The Vow Recap: Think and Grow Rich“Class 1 Data” follows the money, and tracks exactly how the defectors pushed their narrative into mainstream media.
  21. overnights
    The Vow Recap: Change Your Mind, Change Your BodyWe see the many ways that the women inside NXIVM were instructed to turn on one another — but always in the name of “helping.”
  22. overnights
    The Vow Recap: Lean InSomehow the day-to-day workings of DOS are even more alarming than Girls’ Night Out, Branding Edition.
  23. fall preview 2020
    The Hardest Elena Ferrante Lines I’ve Translated“This is the problem with translation — you think, ‘Oh, wow, I could’ve done better here.’”
  24. fall preview
    19 Books We’re Excited to Read This FallElena Ferrante’s The Lying Life of Adults, Emma Cline’s Daddy, and Rumaan Alam’s Leave the World Behind, and more.
  25. overnights
    The Vow Recap: The Tipping PointEven with some haziness relating to timelines and locations, “Viscera” is crafted like a ticking bomb.
  26. overnights
    The Vow Premiere Recap: How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleThe docuseries’ opening chapter brings to life the appeal of NXIVM while giving us just enough knowledge to anticipate the troubles to come.
  27. overnights
    Snowpiercer Season-Finale Recap: Devil in the White CityWelcome to Chicago, Snowpiercer.
  28. overnights
    Snowpiercer Recap: I Saved Humanity, Audrey!Does Layton really have the stomach to take control of Snowpiercer in the finale? Or does Melanie have him right where she wants him?
  29. overnights
    Snowpiercer Recap: RevoluciónThe engine is under assault from virtually every passenger onboard, just as Layton hoped.
  30. overnights
    Snowpiercer Recap: Right-Hand WomanSnowpiercer finally drops some consequences.
  31. overnights
    Snowpiercer Recap: Runaway Train“Trouble Comes Sideways” asks us to consider where Melanie falls in a very particular post-apocalyptic version of the trolley problem.
  32. overnights
    Snowpiercer Recap: Eye for an EyeThis episode has one of the most “what the hell just happened?” moments I’ve seen on TV.
  33. overnights
    Snowpiercer Recap: Sake BombHere comes the revolution.
  34. overnights
    Snowpiercer Recap: It’s Only Doors Between UsFight Night allows the train’s classes to mix, and reveals the tiny exploitable holes permeating Snowpiercer’s closed system.
  35. overnights
    Snowpiercer Recap: When You Control the Tail, You Control InformationAs Layton continues his investigation, we learn more about the cruelties the Wilford Co. sees fit to impose on Snowpiercer’s riders.
  36. vulture recommends
    Want Is the Summer Book I Couldn’t Put DownIt’s a defining novel of our age of left-behind families.
  37. summer 2020
    29 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This SummerThey will shake you out of your stasis.
  38. overnights
    Snowpiercer Series-Premiere Recap: Murder on the Apocalypse ExpressWe embark on a journey of class disparity with an event that will bring the Tailies, first-class passengers, and employees together in unlikely ways.
  39. profile
    In Case of Emergency, Read Olivia LaingFrom The Lonely City to Funny Weather, the author writes to find a path forward through pain.
  40. all by myself
    9 Great Books With Lonely ProtagonistsInvestigating the wild terrain of the isolated mind.
  41. endings
    Hilary Mantel Thinks the Last Book Is Her BestThe author on her final beheading, and debuting the last installment in her trilogy with no book tour.
  42. coronavirus
    Severance​ Predicted the Slow-Burn Performance of Our PandemicLike Ling Ma’s protagonist, we haven’t been shot out of a cannon and into a new world. We’re watching it unfold like a digitally broadcast picaresque.
  43. profile
    The Disaster ArtistEmily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven is speaking to our pandemic-frenzied moment. Her new book is even bleaker.
  44. eat the rich
    Why Emma Is Still Jane Austen’s Most Pleasurable HeroineGo ahead. Judge the hell out of her. That’s the point.
  45. encounter
    Jenny Offill Wrote the Perfect Worry NovelIn Weather, the author takes us through the Five Stages of Climactic Grief.
  46. coming attractions
    32 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2020The return of Elena Ferrante and a Me Too narrative unlike any you’ve read before.
  47. legacies
    Elizabeth Wurtzel Took Up Space, Even When the Literary World Wouldn’t Have HerShe was often looked down upon by a literary community that saw her as too much everything.
  48. overnights
    Dublin Murders Finale Recap: Mummy and DaddyIf you were hoping for every puzzle piece to click into place, then you’ll be sadly disappointed.
  49. little women
    We’re All AmyThe Little Women character has served as our national totem of spoiled little turds for 151 years, as if we didn’t all yearn to be her.
  50. overnights
    Dublin Murders Recap: Attrition. Sedition. Depose the King.And just like that, Cassie-Lexie’s story wraps up in an extravagant festival of confession.
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