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Your Sunday Long Reads: Allison Williams and the Dawn of the Age of Affleck

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21:  Allison Williams attends the premiere of "The Carrier" during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at AMC Loews Village 7 on April 21, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

It's Sunday afternoon — 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:

"Allison Williams on Season Two of Girls, Improv-ing With Lena Dunham, and Being Marnie Michaels—the New Marcia Brady" by Bruce Handy (Vanity Fair): The HBO star has a theory about why middle-aged viewers feel more sympathy toward Girls' characters than people her own age.

"Good Will Hunting: An Oral History" by Janelle Nanos (Boston Magazine): Go ahead and travel back in time to a world in which no one had ever heard of Ben Affleck.

"George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year" by Joel Lovell (New York Times Magazine): A look at the literary heavyweight and his "eye for the absurd and dehumanizing parameters of our current culture" (per Junot Díaz).

"Django, the N-Word, and How We Talk About Race in 2013" by Rembert Browne (Grantland): Why 2013 will be the year of uncomfortable conversations about race and "the idea of ownership."

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Photo: Jason Kempin/2011 Getty Images