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Your Sunday Long Reads: Ke$ha, Marvel, and Hating the Beatles

Ke$ha.

It's Sunday afternoon, or: your last chance to read all that stuff you meant to read last week before Monday brings a new deluge of things you will want to read. Below, some of our recommendations:

"Good Girls Gone Mild" by Julianne Escobedo Shepherd (Vibe): Ke$ha is, unsurprisingly, all about light-up glittery gold sneakers and candy, but she also has a serious side. (Really!)

"How Marvel created the modern blockbuster" by Panio Gianopoulos (Salon): On turning an understaffed magazine into a billion dollar box office empire. 

"Hate the Beatles!" by Mark Edmundson (Los Angeles Review of Books): A story about trying — and, eventually, failing — to be on the wrong side of history. 

"The Dead are Real: Hilary Mantel's Imagination" by Larissa MacFarquhar (New Yorker): The queen of historical fiction gets a long-overdue New Yorker profile.

"Martin McDonagh on the violence and camaraderie of his Seven Psychopaths" by Scott Tobias (The A.V. Club): The director and screenwriter talks about the difficulty of writing violent characters and explains why he doesn't feel pressured to work too much. 

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