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Your Sunday Long Reads: Truman Capote, Marlon Brando, Cyndi Lauper, and How Daniel Craig Saved James Bond

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productionsí action adventure SKYFALL.

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:

"How the Bond Franchise Almost Died" by Stephen Galloway (Hollywood Reporter): Back in early 2010, 007 was on his deathbed as MGM decided to pull the plug on Skyfall. Luckily, a last-ditch resuscitation effort by Daniel Craig kept the franchise from going under.

"In Cold Type" by Douglas McCollam (Columbia Journalism Review): A profile of Truman Capote's 1957 profile of Marlon Brando for the New Yorker.

"Medium Uncool: The CD Turns 30" by Pitchfork Staff (Pitchfork): A celebration of the compact disc in all its burned, scratched-up glory. 

"He's So Unusual" by Jane Marie (The Hairpin): A writer interviews her uncle about his days as Cyndi Lauper's hair and makeup guy.

"Philip Roth: A eulogy for a living man" by Panio Gianopoulos (Salon): Reacting to news of the author's retirement. 

For more in-depth weekend readings, visit our friends at Longreads.

Photo: Francois Duhamel/United Artists Corporation, Columbia Pictures