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The Making (and Unmaking) of Paul’s Boutique

The Beastie Boys made a masterpiece. And then they were foiled by Donny Osmond.
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7 New Paperbacks You Should Read This October

Bighearted romance, dystopian drama, and more.
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That Time Julia Roberts Taught Phoebe Robinson How to Swim

In this week’s Good One podcast, Phoebe Robinson reads from her new book Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay and explains her writing process.
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    Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret to Be Adapted by Edge of Seventeen DirectorAnd just like that, you’re 13 again.
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  5. man booker prize
    Anna Burns’s Milkman Wins the Man Booker Prize for FictionThe novel is set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
  6. must reads
    7 New Paperbacks You Should Read This OctoberBighearted romance, dystopian drama, and more.
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    Lin-Manuel Miranda Wrote a Poem Just for You“I wanted to wish you good morning.”
  8. women and power
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    10 Great Horror Books for WimpsTitles you won’t have to have to hide in the freezer.
  10. good one podcast
    That Time Julia Roberts Taught Phoebe Robinson How to SwimIn this week’s Good One podcast, Phoebe Robinson reads from her new book Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay and explains her writing process.
  11. books
    Tana French on The Witch Elm, #MeToo, and the Divisive Ending of In the Woods“Some people hate it and I don’t blame them for being annoyed with it.”
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    Ellie Kemper Is a Rooster and a WarriorAn excerpt all about SoulCycle from Kemper’s new book My Squirrel Days.
  13. reconsideration
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  16. national book awards
    Here Are Your 2018 National Book Awards FinalistsPoet Terrance Hayes gets a second nod.
  17. lit parade
    Michael Lewis’s The Fifth Risk Breaks Through the Trump Book NoiseIn a stormy season of Trump exposés, Lewis’s explainer of government (dys)function earns the highest praise.
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  19. vulture lists
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  20. new york comic con 2018
    The Good Omens TV Show Was Terry Pratchett’s Last RequestNeil Gaiman says he did this one for his friend.
  21. new yorker festival
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    The Best Philip K. Dick Adaptations, According to His Daughter Isa Dick HackettIncluding Blade Runner, of course.
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    13 Great Horror Books Written by WomenNovels, short stories, and chills.
  24. adaptations
    James Baldwin Kept a List of His Dream Cast for a Beale Street MovieWith potential directors, too.
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    8 New Books You Should Read This OctoberGothic novels, big-deal biographies, and more.
  29. books
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  30. memoirs
    Monty Python Almost Never Aired and Other Stories From Eric Idle’s MemoirThis is filled with great stories.
  31. q&a
    ‘Phenomenal Levels of Denial and Arrogance’: Heidi Waleson on City Opera’s End“It was loony.”
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    How Hiring a Superstar Wrecked New York City OperaThe board thought Gerard Mortier would save the company. Instead, its promises to him doomed it.
  33. book review
    War, Drugs, and Other Extremes in the Post-Post-9/11 NovelTwo recent novels, Ohio and Waiting for Eden, try to keep pace with our state of permanent crisis.
  34. last night on late night
    Stephen Colbert Made a Children’s Book Out of Trump’s Post-Hurricane CommentsAll proceeds will go to organizations that help hurricane victims in the Carolinas.
  35. reconsideration
    We Regret to Inform You That Little Women Is Not a Feminist NovelOn the 150th anniversary of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, critics are lining up to praise its pioneering feminism. They’re wrong.
  36. podcasts
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  37. one grand books
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  38. lit parade
    Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Struggle Is Over, But the Critical Debate Lives OnThe question undergirding nearly every review of the now-complete series is whether he regrets that his quest for truth upended his entire family.
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    The Object Joss Whedon Will Never Let GoAs seen in an excerpt from the new book What We Keep.
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  43. vulture recommends
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  45. audiobooks
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  46. vulture recommends
    The Best Audiobooks of 2018 (So Far)Courtroom thrillers, quirky imports, and Billy Crudup.
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    The Best-selling Audiobooks of 2018 (So Far)Here’s what everyone’s listening to right now.
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  49. previews
    The Grub Street Fall Cookbook PreviewThe recipes we can’t wait to make from this year’s most exciting new cookbooks.
  50. reconsideration
    25 Years Ago The Virgin Suicides Kicked Off Our Obsession With Teenage Tragedy.Jeffrey Eugenides’s haunting, faux-nostalgic 1993 novel changed the way we consume adolescence in pop culture.
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