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Hanya’s Boys

The novelist tends to torture her gay male characters — but only so she can swoop in to save them.
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The Future’s Not All Bad

Believe it or not, there are some things to look forward to this year.
2022 preview

49 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2022

With new releases from Sheila Heti, Ottessa Moshfegh, Namwali Serpell, Hernan Diaz, and more.
  1. obit
    Comedian and Baskets Star Louie Anderson Dead at 68He was hospitalized for blood cancer treatment.
  2. book club
    11 Books to Read If You Already Miss YellowjacketsFor Jeff.
  3. vulture lists
    10 Great Audiobooks to Listen to This MonthBrian Cox, Daphne Palasi Andreades, Noah Hawley, and more.
  4. the law
    Britney Spears Wants Jamie Lynn to Stop Talking About HerThe pop star’s lawyer requested Jamie Lynn “cease and desist from referencing Britney derogatorily.”
  5. family feuds
    Oops … Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears Are Fighting AgainBritney brought their argument over Jamie Lynn’s memoir into day two.
  6. close reads
    Hanya’s BoysThe novelist tends to torture her gay male characters — but only so she can swoop in to save them.
  7. anniversaries
    9 Ways The Fault in Our Stars Changed the Last Decade of Pop CultureHappy anniversary to all those quote tattoos.
  8. 2022 preview
    The Future’s Not All BadBelieve it or not, there are some things to look forward to this year.
  9. books
    The Spine CollectorFor five years, a mysterious figure has been stealing books before their release. Is it espionage? Revenge? A trap? Or a complete waste of time?
  10. 2022 preview
    49 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2022With new releases from Sheila Heti, Ottessa Moshfegh, Namwali Serpell, Hernan Diaz, and more.
  11. books
    The Spine Collector Saga Isn’t Over YetBernardini’s arrest is certainly the latest plot twist.
  12. got ‘em
    The FBI Has Made an Arrest in the Spine Collector CaseFilippo Bernardini was charged with fraud and aggravated identity theft.
  13. profile
    Sean Thor Conroe, ProtégéBefore the writer could publish his first novel, Fuccboi, he lost his fiercest advocate. Now he’s facing the hype alone.
  14. dementors
    Is J.K. Rowling in the New Harry Potter Special? Yes and No.They bring out Joanne B-roll.
  15. unsolved mysteries
    Now We’ll Never Know If Dan Brown Was Living a Secret Life With a Horse TrainerThat’s one for the mystery books.
  16. obits
    Joan Didion and the Courage to Say What You MeanThe lesson to take from her is one of wild conviction.
  17. close reads
    Station Eleven Finds the Sublime in the ApocalypseThis pandemic story’s winter 2021 debut seems almost perfectly wrongly timed, but that’s precisely what makes it so perversely satisfying.
  18. rip
    Writer Joan Didion Has Died at the Age of 87The nonfiction giant redefined the essay.
  19. we here for you
    11 Books to Fill the Succession-Size Hole in Your HeartFrom ancient history to children’s fiction.
  20. vulture lists
    9 Great Audiobooks to Listen to This MonthWill Smith, Mel Brooks, Ann Patchett, and more.
  21. best of 2021
    The Best Comedy Books of 2021Featuring Mel Brooks, Amber Ruffin, a history of the Twin Cities comedy scene, and a celebration of Native comedians.
  22. books
    Backstage at the Birth of Sesame StreetThe Muppeteers look even shaggier than Oscar does.
  23. reading list
    To Read bell hooks Was to Love HerNine texts to introduce and re-introduce yourself to the groundbreaking scholar’s work.
  24. obits
    The Courage of bell hooksShe viewed her radical work as one of the purest expressions of love for Black people there is.
  25. rip
    bell hooks, Influential Black Feminist and Writer, Dead at 69She wrote over 40 books across nearly five decades.
  26. book review
    Edith Schloss, 20th-Century WomanIn her book The Loft Generation, a fixture of the midcentury New York art scene gets a long-overdue introduction.
  27. best of 2021
    The Best Books of 2021From radical nuns to gut-wrenching memoir, this year’s books hit us where it hurt.
  28. obits
    A Black EducationRemembering Greg Tate, critical giant, author, Flyboy, and my teacher.
  29. deaths
    Greg Tate, Author and Master of Criticism, Dead At 64The critic died by cardiac arrest, his family confirmed in a statement.
  30. rip
    Anne Rice, Queen of Gothic Lit, Dies at 80Author of The Vampire Chronicles.
  31. in other words
    What’s So Hard About Crediting Book Translators?Translations into English are expected to be seamless — but the people who do the work rarely get the attention or pay they deserve.
  32. help!
    What to Read, Watch, or Listen to After Binging Get BackRecommendations for every kind of Beatles fan.
  33. the law
    Man Wrongfully Accused of Author Alice Sebold’s Rape Exonerated After 40 Years“My goal in 1982 was justice — not to perpetuate injustice,” Alice Sebold has written in a statement.
  34. gift guide
    11 Pop-Culture-Inspired Gifts for Kids (That Won’t Drive Parents Crazy)Before you ask: Yes, there is Paw Patrol stuff.
  35. reading is fundamental
    50 New (or Newly Relevant) Books Worth Gifting This YearSomething for every reader (including those who would rather just look at pictures).
  36. podcasts
    The Hosts of Cookies Think NBA Players Might Enjoy Dimes SquareBen Detrick and Andrew Kuo on basketball, New York nightlife, Eric Adams, and their new book.
  37. casting
    Lizzy Caplan Won’t Party Down Owing to Overlap with Fleishman Is in TroubleShe’s missing the revival to star in the FX on Hulu limited series with Jesse Eisenberg.
  38. hell of a book
    2021 National Book Awards Winners and FinalistsJason Mott’s Hell of a Book won for fiction, and Tiya Miles’s All That She Carried received the award for nonfiction.
  39. first person
    How Mel Brooks Fell for Anne Bancroft“We started talking one day, and we never stopped.”
  40. book review
    Love Behind Bars Is Possible. It’s Just Absurdly Hard.In Love Lockdown, journalist Elizabeth Greenwood follows couples who are trying to make it work when at least one partner is in prison.
  41. book review
    The Sentence Shows the Downside of UrgencyLouise Erdrich’s novel takes on the 2020 protests — and draws conclusions that feel dated already.
  42. 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.
  43. book review
    In Rax King’s Book Tacky, Lowbrow Is High PraiseA new essay collection celebrating trash culture is less certain about why some things are considered tacky at all.
  44. vulture lists
    15 Book-to-Screen Adaptations to Read Before the End of the YearHouse of Gucci, The Last Duel, and even a few adaptations not directed by Ridley Scott.
  45. capitalism
    Biden Administration Sues to Halt $2 Billion Simon & Schuster AcquisitionIn an antitrust case to prevent Penguin Random House from buying its competitor.
  46. dune you feel like we dune
    We Need to Talk About the Name ‘Duncan Idaho’Duncan Idaho is not a character in Dune. Duncan Idaho is the name of a Chris Pratt character in an action movie that goes straight to Paramount+.
  47. book review
    Kwon Yeo-sun’s ‘Lemon’ Is a Murder Mystery That Refuses to Be SolvedThe novel by Kwon Yeo-sun tracks the aftermath of a teen girl’s murder, with three very unreliable narrators.
  48. vulture lists
    8 Great Audiobooks to Listen to This MonthKatie Couric, Sutton Foster, Stanley Tucci, and more.
  49. art du jour
    David Byrne’s New Book Is (Nothing But) DingbatsIllustrated dingbats, that is.
  50. the view from outside
    Meghan McCain Felt ‘Slapped’ When Joy Behar Said She Didn’t Miss Her on The ViewAnd she “no longer felt safe working at The View” afterward.
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