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  1. superlatives
    Thurston Moore on the Obscure Sonic Youth Songs He Loves the MostPlus, playing with Iggy Pop, advice from Alan Vega, and the book he “probably will publish at some point in 2021.”
  2. coronavirus
    New York Comedy Clubs Demand to Reopen With the Same COVID Rules As Restaurants“It makes zero sense.”
  3. underdogs
    Desus and Mero Are Proud to Be the New Susan LucciThey say their 2020 Emmys snub is “very on-brand.”
  4. the vow
    NXIVM Went After ‘the Beautiful People’A clip from this Sunday’s episode of The Vow breaks down how “successful, capable” people were lured into the NXIVM sex cult.
  5. sanity check
    Angel Olsen’s Pandemic Sanity Routine Is Pretty Damn InspiringIncluding her new friendship with an elderly widower, a growing fascination with moss, and her desire to become a private investigator.
  6. nxivm
    What to Know About HBO’s The Vow and the NXIVM Sex CultA guide to the docuseries’ main players and the organization’s inner workings, subsequent trials and convictions, and ongoing work.
  7. true crime
    What to Know About I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and the Golden State KillerA guide to Michelle McNamara’s investigation, the hunt for the Golden State Killer, and how he was finally caught.
  8. chat room
    Bill Burr Almost Had a Heart Attack on The King of Staten Island“I literally thought that I was going to die.”
  9. sexual assault
    The 8 Accusations Against Russell Simmons Detailed in On the RecordThe doc follows his alleged history of rape and harassment.
  10. trash talk
    14 Amazing Tales of Michael Jordan Being a Hypercompetitive WeirdoWe’re not saying these are all definitely true, but watching The Last Dance makes it easy to believe they are.
  11. vulture lists
    14 Outrageous Little Richard StoriesThe late legend lived a life full of sex, drugs, spirituality, generosity, sex, bravado, kindness, and some more sex.
  12. late night
    How to Produce a Late-Night Show During a Global Pandemic in 6 StepsWriters from five programs explain their ever-shifting jobs while stuck in quarantine.
  13. instagram
    Mike Birbiglia Found a Fun Way to Raise Thousands for Comedy Club StaffWith help from John Mulaney, Maria Bamford, Gary Gulman, and more.
  14. high fidelity
    High Fidelity’s Music Supervisors Pick Their 10 Favorite Songs From the ShowFrom deep cuts to David Bowie, creating the Hulu reboot’s soundtrack was the perfect job for music nerds.
  15. true crime
    Everything to Know About McMillions and the McDonald’s Monopoly ScamAn infamous con that involved Florida men, Italian mobsters, Mormons, drug dealers, strip clubs, and a zany FBI sting.
  16. snl
    Pro Athletes on SNL: The 13 Best SketchesThey might not be actors or comedians, but they’ve been behind some solid SNL moments.
  17. surviving r. kelly
    The 12 Biggest Revelations From Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning`From the NDAs to bribery to a suicide pact to how Kelly tried to get rid of the infamous “pee tape.”
  18. gift guide
    The Perfect Star Wars Gift for Every Room of the House101 semi-essential basics (or however else you’d classify a BB-8 nutcracker).
  19. disney+
    How to Get Started With Disney+ (and Then Binge Baby Yoda Immediately)Everything you need to know to subscribe to the service or give it as a gift.
  20. 25 days of cats
    ‘What the Hell Is Skimbleshanks?’ The Oral History of SNL’s Cats SketchJames Van Der Beek, Chris Parnell, and Mike Schur revisit a forgotten SNL classic.
  21. to stream or not to stream?
    All the New Streaming Services That Want Your MoneyApple+, Disney+, HBO Max, and more are competing for your eyeballs. Which one is right for you?
  22. stand-up
    What Joker Gets Right About Stand-Up ComedyTalking with Gary Gulman and Sam Morril, who perform stand-up in the film, about their roles and the horrors of open mics.
  23. backstories
    The Hardest, Strangest, Most Unforgettable Jobs In HollywoodTV and movie craftspeople share their stories (and a great dip recipe).
  24. backstories
    The Hardest Song I Ever ChasedHollywood’s most reliable music supervisors explain how they got that song into your favorite movie or TV show.
  25. old town road
    How Long Will ‘Old Town Road’ Stay at No. 1?So far the Lil Nas X disruptor has denied Taylor Swift, Drake, and Ed Sheeran a No. 1 hit. Here’s how it might be stopped.
  26. stand-up
    Go Ahead, Post These Comedians’ Sets on InstagramIt’s common for A-list comics to lock up fans’ phones — but many up-and-comers see the benefits of being recorded.
  27. r kelly
    8 Disturbing R. Kelly Revelations Detailed in New BookIncluding harrowing details from the Aaliyah annulment and infamous “pee tape,” plus why the current Chicago case might fall apart.
  28. r kelly
    R. Kelly Reporter Jim DeRogatis Never Wants to Hear Another ‘Pee Tape’ Joke“To see it reduced to a joke when you have this 14-year-old being violated …”
  29. estates
    Aretha Franklin’s Handwritten Wills Are Detailed, Funny, and Legally MessyIncluding the revelation about the paternity of her eldest son, what happens to her gowns, and some shade for her employees.
  30. gift guide
    Game of Thrones Gifts for the Obsessive in Your LifeThe show may be over, but your fandom can live on.
  31. backstories
    An Oral History of Game of Thrones, As Told By Its Bit Players“Do you know how they keep cattle? That’s sort of how they keep us.”
  32. glossaries
    The Secret Lingo of the Best TV Writers RoomsFrom “Jeffing” to “kid pepper” to “the biggest crabs.”
  33. wine country
    Paula Pell Is Ready to Be a Movie Star, Sort OfThe Wine Country star on watching her friends get famous, going topless at Rachel Dratch’s 50th, and the last bastion of comedy: fat.
  34. say the wrong thing
    We’ve Been Mispronouncing Lloyd Dobler’s Name From Say Anything This Whole TimeBut don’t worry, John Cusack started it.
  35. tribeca film festival
    Sarah Silverman Says Her Bedwetter Musical Will Open Sometime Next YearPlus other things we learned from her chat with Mike Birbiglia at Tribeca.
  36. tribeca film festival
    The Simpsons Creators and Stars Reveal Their Dream Guest Stars at TribecaHarry Shearer also offered an idea for a Simpsons spinoff series.
  37. her smell
    How Her Smell Dug Deep for Its Fake ’90s Album Covers With Elisabeth MossDirector Alex Ross Perry and artist Teddy Blanks explain the references and Easter eggs in the fake album covers they created for the movie.
  38. beefs
    A Recap of the Week the Kid Mero Mercilessly Dragged Tucker Carlson FansIn a three-day span, the Desus & Mero co-host hilariously picked fights on behalf of Chris Hayes.
  39. yeehaw culture
    Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Was Destined to DisruptA guide to the country-trap song that’s baffling the music industry.
  40. the case against adnan syed
    The 7 Biggest Takeaways From The Case Against Adnan SyedThe finale of the four-part HBO mini-series contains multiple revelations that raise even more questions about how Syed’s case was handled.
  41. music
    8 Songwriters on the Line Between Inspiration and Theft“You sing something and you’re like, I’m sure this exists. I’m stealing, right?”
  42. music
    A Brief History of Song Copying, From Handel to PharrellWe don’t know when the first accusations of borrowing were levied, but we have this timeline of some of the most famous, often ridiculous, examples.
  43. true crime
    Watch an Exclusive Clip From HBO’s The Case Against Adnan Syed FinaleCould DNA evidence potentially exonerate Adnan?
  44. leaving neverland
    Why Michael Jackson’s Estate Is Suing HBOIt all comes down to a single clause in a 27-year-old contract between Jackson and the cable network.
  45. leaving neverland
    The 8 Biggest Takeaways From Oprah’s After Neverland SpecialWhat we learned from Oprah’s conversation with Wade Robson, James Safechuck, and director Dan Reed.
  46. leaving neverland
    The 11 Most Disturbing Michael Jackson Allegations in Leaving NeverlandThe HBO doc claims that Jackson sexually abused two underage boys for years, and even held a pretend “wedding” with one of them.
  47. leaving neverland
    Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Is Proving Hard to SellEven with a price cut of $69 million, it’ll be hard for buyers to ignore the notoriety.
  48. oscars 2019
    Terence Blanchard Talks About the Toughness of Scoring BlacKkKlansman“Your heart just feels like it’s ripped open.”
  49. vulture investigates
    How Death, Dismemberment, and Jesus Helped ‘Baby Shark’ Become a HitThe kids love it, but who actually wrote it?
  50. surviving r kelly
    Crisis and PR Experts Are In Agreement About R. Kelly’s FutureThe Pied Piper of R&B needs to shut up, according to the pros.
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