tv review

My Brilliant Friend Is an Intimate Adaptation of a Beloved Novel

Based on Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan books, HBO’s My Brilliant Friend is a late-breaking candidate for show of the year.
backstories

The Challenges of Adapting Ferrante

The team behind HBO’s My Brilliant Friend on bringing the author’s Naples to life.
books

The 69th National Book Awards Reminded Us It’s a Big World Out There

With awards to Isabel Allende and Sigrid Nunez and a revived translated-book prize.
  1. tv review
    My Brilliant Friend Is an Intimate Adaptation of a Beloved NovelBased on Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan books, HBO’s My Brilliant Friend is a late-breaking candidate for show of the year.
  2. backstories
    The Challenges of Adapting FerranteThe team behind HBO’s My Brilliant Friend on bringing the author’s Naples to life.
  3. books
    The 69th National Book Awards Reminded Us It’s a Big World Out ThereWith awards to Isabel Allende and Sigrid Nunez and a revived translated-book prize.
  4. lit parade
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  5. books
    Isabel Allende Gives Rousing Speech at National Book AwardsThe first-ever Spanish-language author to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award brought the crowd to their feet.
  6. books
    Here’s the List of This Year’s National Book Award WinnersIt includes a few surprises and the return of the Translated Literature category.
  7. one grand books
    Ellie Kemper’s 10 Favorite BooksNora Ephron, Zadie Smith, and more.
  8. must reads
    6 New Paperbacks You Should Read This NovemberA creepy but beautiful debut, an insider look at the excessive ’80s, and more.
  9. the cut on tuesdays
    If You Can’t Get Enough of Elena Ferrante, Read ThisThis week’s podcast episode comes with some book recommendations.
  10. die hard
    Die Hard’s Director Breaks Down Bruce Willis’s Iconic Roof JumpJohn McTiernan on John McClane’s climactic jump — and Hans Gruber’s final, fatal plunge.
  11. memoirs
    How Memoirist Marina Benjamin Learned to Stopped Worrying and Love InsomniaDefying a long cultural history of pushy remedies and “rest cures,” as detailed in her new book, Insomnia.
  12. the autumn of scams
    J. K. Rowling’s Assistant Reportedly Scammed the Hell Out of HerShe spent thousands on candles and luxury cats.
  13. the droughtlander is over
    Outlander Season 4: Everything to Know About the New CharactersThe faces — whether friend, foe, or furry — that you can expect to see as the Frasers take on Colonial America.
  14. memoirs
    7 Juicy Tidbits From Jill Soloway’s New Memoir, She Wants ItShe’s candid about Transparent’s demise.
  15. broadway
    Alec Baldwin Gets a Gig Reading Celebrity Books on BroadwayRachel Dratch, Antoni Porowski, Lewis Black, and more will also perform.
  16. author talk
    Idra Novey on Fascists, Pot, #MeToo and Her Chillingly Timely New NovelThose Who Knew involves a charismatic senator in an island nation with familiar skeletons in his closet.
  17. backstories
    Finding the Ferrante FourHow the stars of HBO’s My Brilliant Friend were chosen from 9,000 children to portray two of the most elusive characters in modern literature.
  18. one grand books
    Hans-Ulrich Obrist’s 10 Favorite BooksCarl Jung, Édouard Glissant, and more.
  19. resurgence
    Why Lucia Berlin Matters More to Us Today Than She Did During Her LifetimeA memoir and a new story collection cement the late writer’s status as the anti-Kerouac — and a godmother of auto-fiction.
  20. book excerpt
    There Will Never Be a Man As Perfect As The Office’s Jim HalpertAn excerpt from Lane Moore’s new book How to Be Alone.
  21. must reads
    7 New Books You Should Read This NovemberJonathan Lethem, Lucia Berlin, and more.
  22. printed matter
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  23. further reading
    Novelist Jeff Jackson on the 4 Best Rock Chronicles You’ve Never Heard ofBooks (on the Stones, Nico, Robert Johnson, and an L.A. cult) that inspired his wild new novel, Destroy All Monsters.
  24. further reading
    The Many Books That Inspired Jonathan Lethem’s The Feral DetectiveChandler, of course, but also Philip Pullman, Dawn Powell, Richard Brautigan, and Virginia Woolf’s biography of a dog.
  25. vulture lists
    Amy Tan’s 10 Favorite BooksMary Karr, Salman Rushdie, and more.
  26. book adaptations
    The John Green Looking for Alaska Adaptation Has Finally Cast Its StarsKristine Froseth will play Alaska, and Charlie Plummer will play Miles.
  27. exclusive
    The Story of the Hardcore Concert That Birthed the Beastie BoysHear Mike D and Ad-Rock read from their new audiobook.
  28. the industry
    FX Passed on Broad City Because It Was Deemed Too ‘Girly’“We were devastated,” Abbi Jacobson writes in her new memoir.
  29. bookstagram
    Here’s an Annoying Instagram Trend: Throwing Yourself on a Pile of Open BooksBooks have been portrait props for centuries, but this is getting ridiculous.
  30. vulture lists
    7 Essential Fall Books by and About Women Who RockFrom Tina Turner to Tori Amos, Yoko Ono to Roseanne Cash, and the makers of a neon-pink book called Women Who Rock.
  31. one grand books
    Meg Wolitzer’s 10 Favorite BooksVirginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, and more.
  32. lit parade
    Barbara Kingsolver Takes Aim at the Trump Era, and Critics Shoot BackUnsheltered isn’t getting much love for plumbing white middle-class insecurity in our time.
  33. sketch comedy
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  34. q&a & excerpt
    Ali Fitzgerald on Her New Comic About Refugees and Germany’s Rising NativismThe creator of Hungover Bear turns serious with Drawn to Berlin — plus an excerpt.
  35. the who
    You Know Who Had a Terrible Time at Woodstock? Some Guy Named Roger Daltrey“It was billed as an Aquarian exposition — three days of peace and music. But it was chaos.”
  36. the who
    Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend’s Biggest Fight Nearly Turned Deadly“He fell down hard, cracking his head to the stage. I thought I’d killed him.”
  37. the who
    Roger Daltrey Is Calling Bullshit on Pete Townshend’s Guitar-Smashing Passion“Pete will tell you it was art … bollocks. He’s journalizing.”
  38. book excerpt
    The Genderqueer Tale of “Take a Walk on the Wild Side”’s Jackie Curtis“I’m not a boy, not a girl — I’m just me, Jackie.”
  39. profile
    Sarah Perry Hopes the Monster From Her New Novel Is Watching Harvey WeinsteinThe British author talks about her gothic third novel, Melmoth, on a visit to some downtown Manhattan churches.
  40. one grand books
    Liz Phair’s 10 Favorite BooksJ.D. Salinger, Toni Morrison, and more.
  41. adaptations
    Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret to Be Adapted by Edge of Seventeen DirectorAnd just like that, you’re 13 again.
  42. book excerpt
    How Chris Gethard Learned to Stop Trying to Fit In and Just Do His Own ThingAn excerpt from Gethard’s new book Lose Well.
  43. book excerpt
    The Making (and Unmaking) of Paul’s BoutiqueThe Beastie Boys made a masterpiece. And then they were foiled by Donny Osmond.
  44. man booker prize
    Anna Burns’s Milkman Wins the Man Booker Prize for FictionThe novel is set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
  45. must reads
    7 New Paperbacks You Should Read This OctoberBighearted romance, dystopian drama, and more.
  46. book excerpt
    Lin-Manuel Miranda Wrote a Poem Just for You“I wanted to wish you good morning.”
  47. women and power
    To Binky Urban, ‘Power’ Is a Male Word“Being dominant is not anything I care about. What I care about is being effective, being respected,” says the most powerful woman in book publishing.
  48. must reads
    10 Great Horror Books for WimpsTitles you won’t have to have to hide in the freezer.
  49. 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.
  50. books
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