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  1. overnights
    The Vow Recap: Lean InSomehow the day-to-day workings of DOS are even more alarming than Girls’ Night Out, Branding Edition.
  2. 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.’”
  3. 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.
  4. overnights
    The Vow Recap: The Tipping PointEven with some haziness relating to timelines and locations, “Viscera” is crafted like a ticking bomb.
  5. 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.
  6. overnights
    Snowpiercer Season-Finale Recap: Devil in the White CityWelcome to Chicago, Snowpiercer.
  7. 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?
  8. overnights
    Snowpiercer Recap: RevoluciónThe engine is under assault from virtually every passenger onboard, just as Layton hoped.
  9. overnights
    Snowpiercer Recap: Right-Hand WomanSnowpiercer finally drops some consequences.
  10. 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.
  11. overnights
    Snowpiercer Recap: Eye for an EyeThis episode has one of the most “what the hell just happened?” moments I’ve seen on TV.
  12. overnights
    Snowpiercer Recap: Sake BombHere comes the revolution.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. vulture recommends
    Want Is the Summer Book I Couldn’t Put DownIt’s a defining novel of our age of left-behind families.
  16. summer 2020
    29 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This SummerThey will shake you out of your stasis.
  17. 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.
  18. profile
    In Case of Emergency, Read Olivia LaingFrom The Lonely City to Funny Weather, the author writes to find a path forward through pain.
  19. all by myself
    9 Great Books With Lonely ProtagonistsInvestigating the wild terrain of the isolated mind.
  20. 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.
  21. profile
    The Disaster ArtistEmily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven is speaking to our pandemic-frenzied moment. Her new book is even bleaker.
  22. eat the rich
    Why Emma Is Still Jane Austen’s Most Pleasurable HeroineGo ahead. Judge the hell out of her. That’s the point.
  23. encounter
    Jenny Offill Wrote the Perfect Worry NovelIn Weather, the author takes us through the Five Stages of Climactic Grief.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. what were the 2010s?
    Gone BoysWhere are the Jonathans of yesteryear? Female authors dominated the 2010s, and replaced the Great American Novel with something better.
  30. overnights
    Dublin Murders Recap: House of LiesThe series introduces us to Cassie’s housemates and their many secrets, as it inelegantly plows through 450 pages of novel in 60 minutes.
  31. girl groups
    Little Women Was the Original Super-FranchiseFrom film and TV adaptations to fan-fic and merch, Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel about the March sisters has always been big.
  32. overnights
    Dublin Murders Recap: Left BehindCassie and Rob are two planets that have slipped their orbits, neither really equipped to tackle what they’re facing alone.
  33. best of 2019
    The Best Overlooked Books of 2019Lesser-noticed novels by Yoko Ogawa, Helen Phillips, and others were among the year’s greatest.
  34. overnights
    Dublin Murders Recap: DoppelgängerThe series sends Rob and Cassie off in two different directions, prioritizing a shiny new mystery at the expense of the first.
  35. overnights
    Dublin Murders Recap: a ReckoningThe series’ attempts to plausibly layer two already implausible book premises may already be falling apart.
  36. overnights
    Dublin Murders Recap: The Murder GodsAs Cassie and Rob’s investigation branches out, a new complication is speeding toward Knocknaree.
  37. close reads
    Jennifer Aniston Is a Great Actor. The Morning Show Proves It.It’s the closest Aniston may ever come to playing a pastiche of her own career and celebrity.
  38. overnights
    Dublin Murders Premiere Recap: Is This Happening?Starz’s adaptation of Tana French’s beloved Dublin Murders books does a lot right as it establishes its main mystery and central detective duo.
  39. adaptations
    Let’s Set More of Our Literary Idols on FireAlena Smith’s Dickinson blows a mouthful of pot smoke in the face of the biopic genre. More, please!
  40. how mysterious
    Tana French Is Our Best Living Mystery WriterWith her Dublin Murder Squad series, she has built a world that’s more George R.R. Martin than Agatha Christie — minus the beheadings.
  41. overnights
    Unbelievable Finale Recap: Next Time, Do BetterThe series ends on not only a judicial victory but a personal one for nearly all parties involved.
  42. overnights
    Unbelievable Recap: Those BurdensOur perp goes from stalking and documenting the lives of the women he attacks to being documented and catalogued himself.
  43. overnights
    Unbelievable Recap: We’re Big Into VengeanceAs Marie quietly accepts the indignities heaped upon her, Lilly takes the opposite tack.
  44. overnights
    Unbelievable Recap: A Thousand CutsThe case is inching along, but Marie is years in the past, quite alone, and entirely unknown to the only women who care enough to do the legwork.
  45. profile
    New York’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer Runs a Podcast on Park AvenueZibby Owens’s Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books “moves product” like nothing else.
  46. overnights
    Unbelievable Recap: Garden-Variety HorribleMarie doesn’t even think she can trust herself, let alone the system that’s failed her for her entire life.
  47. overnights
    Unbelievable Recap: Dumb LuckAs Duvall and Rasmussen dig into the nitty-gritty of good police work—not just case-closing police work—we learn a few more nuggets about the perp.
  48. overnights
    Unbelievable Recap: The WolfUnbelievable’s second episode is designed to work in unison with its first, creating a snugly fit yin and yang of police procedurals.
  49. overnights
    Unbelievable Series-Premiere Recap: Here Comes HelpA clinical but moving premiere offers a series of indictments of how first responders and bystanders mishandle rape victims.
  50. praise be sequels
    Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments Joins the Empowerment ParadeThe sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale ultimately succumbs to our fan-service dystopia.
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