1. books
    The Ecstatic, Violent Joy of Susan Choi’s My Education Raven Leilani on how Choi’s work inspired her debut novel Luster.
  2. close reads
    Untangling Taylor Swift’s ‘Teenage Love Triangle’ Trilogy “Cardigan,” “august,” and “betty” tell a story of high-school romantic drama from three different perspectives.
  3. obits
    Reni Santoni, Dirty Harry Actor and Seinfeld’s Poppie, Dead at 81 The actor had his first starring role in the 1967 Carl Reiner comedy Enter Laughing.
  4. vulture sports
    Dwayne Johnson Hopes You’re Ready for Some (More) Football With XFL Purchase The actor was among the investors who purchased the defunct league founded by Vince McMahon.
  5. my single is dropping
    Hot Girls Rejoice: Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion Announce New Song Out Friday There’s still some summer left. Why leave it lukewarm?
  6. lawsuits
    Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc. Hit With Antitrust Suit by Norwegian Journalist Journalist Kjersti Flaa accuses the organization behind the Golden Globes of fostering a “culture of corruption.”
  7. the industry
    Bradley Cooper May Be Joining Paul Thomas Anderson’s ’70s Child-Actor Drama Presumably as an adult of some kind.
  8. the sparrow academy?
    9 Big Questions About That Umbrella Academy Ending So, should we be worried about another apocalypse in season three? Given that this is The Umbrella Academy, probably.
  9. controversies
    Portia de Rossi Stands by Ellen DeGeneres and Against Bot Attacks “To all our fans … we see you.”
  10. records on records
    Taylor Swift Sets Record With Album and Song No. 1 Debuts “cardigan” entered the Hot 100 at No. 1, with “the 1” and “exile” also charting in the top ten.
  11. the inside track
    Dominic Fike Still Has a Lot to Learn With lines like “I hope I get Me Too’d,” from “Cancel Me,” the breakout alt-rapper only muddies the statement he’s trying to make.
  12. streaming
    What, Exactly, Is Hiding in the Disney+ Movie Archives? Remember Fuzzbucket? Neither do we.
  13. ho ho ho
    Lifetime Enters the Millennium, Announces First LGBTQ Holiday Movie The Christmas Set-Up is exactly how it sounds.
  14. dance challenges
    It Took the Beyhive Less Than 24 Hours to Learn the ‘My Power’ Choreography Get loose, get loose, get low, get low.
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