first person

How Mel Brooks Fell for Anne Bancroft

“We started talking one day, and we never stopped.”
book review

‘What Is the Power of My Body?’

Emily Ratajkowski may want to join the feminist discourse, but in her essay collection she’s mostly in conversation with herself.
book excerpt

‘You Don’t Understand What This Is Doing to Me’

In the age of anti-heroes Tony Soprano reigned supreme. In his new book James Andrew Miller explores the toll the character took on James Gandolfini.
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    What to Read, Watch, or Listen to After Binging Get BackRecommendations for every kind of Beatles fan.
  2. the law
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  3. gift guide
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  4. reading is fundamental
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  5. podcasts
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  6. casting
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  7. hell of a book
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  8. first person
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  13. vulture lists
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  14. capitalism
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  15. best of 2021
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  16. dune you feel like we dune
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  18. vulture lists
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  19. art du jour
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  20. the view from outside
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  21. book excerpt
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  22. double consciousnesses
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  23. book review
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  24. his favorite shapes
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  25. the industry
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  26. reading is fundamental
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  28. a long talk
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  29. awards
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  30. the music man
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  31. vulture lists
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  32. book excerpt
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  33. awards
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  34. book review
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  35. profile
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  36. books
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  37. read like the wind
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  38. best of 2021
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  39. one grand books
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  40. book review
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  41. book review
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  42. well read
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  43. fall preview 2021
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  44. fall preview 2021
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  45. fall preview 2021
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  46. book excerpt
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  47. vulture lists
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  48. fact vs fiction
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  49. books
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  50. literature
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