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  1. vulture picks
    27 Notable New Releases Over the Next Two WeeksFrances McDormand’s Zoom talk show, a new Euphoria episode, the Anything for Selena podcast, and more.
  2. profiles
    Jazmine’s TaleAfter another long hiatus, the venerated R&B singer returns with her riskiest album yet.
  3. encounter
    The House That Rebuilt ThemShacked up in the suburbs of Kansas City, Katie Crutchfield and Kevin Morby are making some of their best work.
  4. profile
    Torrey Peters Goes ThereThe author’s debut novel, Detransition, Baby, wades into two of the most vulnerable questions for trans women.
  5. books
    The Implosion of American DirtHow one of publishing’s most hyped books became its biggest horror story — and still ended up a best seller.
  6. movie review
    The Empty Spectacle of Wonder Woman 1984The disappointing sequel highlights not only the dire state of the live-action superhero genre, but the dire state of Hollywood filmmaking as a whole.
  7. extremely online
    Clubhouse Is Dangerously Close to Becoming Our New Internet WastelandWhat’s true of any social-media endeavor remains the same on this app: Give people the space to talk, and they will say too much.
  8. respect the classics
    The 2020 Boomer Rock Renaissance No One Saw ComingMcCartney, Dylan, Stevie, Springsteen, and so many of rock’s immortals offered life lines in dire times.
  9. profile
    2020 Looked Bleak. Then DJ iMarkkeyz Remixed It.Metaphorically unmasking the DJ whose viral videos soundtracked this year.
  10. album review
    Taylor Swift Is Done Self-MythologizingAs folklore did, the stories in evermore ask us to consider what motivates women when they act desperately against their interests.
  11. best of 2020
    The 10 Best Art Shows of 2020Jordan Casteel, Noah Davis, and anything you could see in person.
  12. best of 2020
    The 10 Best Books of 2020Interior Chinatown, Piranesi, Romance in Marseille, and more.
  13. the quarries
    The First (And Dear God, It Better Be the Last) QuarriesIn which we award the most original, absurd, scrappy, and ingenious works that shaped our year in quarantine.
  14. the quarries
    Nothing Made Sense in 2020 — Unless You Were on the InternetThe culture of quarantine brain.
  15. vulture lists
    Every Miley Cyrus Cover, RankedWhere does her “Doll Parts” cover rank?
  16. tv
    Big Mouth’s Missy Finds Her VoiceAmid an industrywide reckoning, the show recast the voice of its Black lead just as the writers were giving her a racial-identity crisis.
  17. encounter
    Hugh Hamrick Tells His Side of the StoryAfter 30 years of dating David Sedaris, “Congressman Prude” finally has his say.
  18. extremely online
    It Started With a LaughIn 2019, Ashnikko broke out after a viral hit on TikTok. What if it wasn’t a fluke?
  19. backstories
    How Emma Corrin Became The Crown’s Princess DianaFidgety hands, a voluminous fringe, and other details that made the people’s princess click into place.
  20. art
    Bringing the Beauty OutFor the photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop, the moment was always now.
  21. books
    Shuggie Bain Makes It OutFirst-time novelist Douglas Stuart’s unsparing account of a life not unlike his own might be the best-reviewed book you’ve not yet read in 2020.
  22. celebrity
    The Quarantined Stardom of Ana de ArmasIn the absence of everything that makes a star, Ana de Armas has still managed to become one — just not quite how she’d pictured it.
  23. election 2020
    Watching CNN on Election Night Felt Like Being Dipped in Boiling OilBelieve it or not, it doesn’t have to be like this.
  24. vulture honorary degree
    Movies Were Better When Whoopi Goldberg Was in ThemThe actress has already achieved EGOT status. Now, finally, she’s a Master of Culture.
  25. profile
    Elvis Costello Wrote the Anthem for This Brooding TimeHe’s back with his 31st (or so) studio album. But don’t look for any consolation from him.
  26. movies
    Nerding Out With David FincherThe director talks about the decades-long journey behind Mank, his dense, bitter look at Hollywood history, political power, and the creative act.
  27. book excerpt
    How the Sitcom Mirrored, and Shaped, Your Idea of New York CityAn excerpt from The Encyclopedia of New York.
  28. missed connections
    The Remarkably Similar Career Trajectories of Nicole Kidman and Hugh GrantCan you believe these two never worked together until this fall’s The Undoing?
  29. tv
    How The Undoing Became Fall’s Biggest Inadvertent Time CapsuleThe HBO drama series, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, may be New York City’s last big television production of the pre-COVID days.
  30. books
    The Best Sex Emily M. Danforth Has Ever ReadThe Miseducation of Cameron Post author on the ineffable pleasures of Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt.
  31. tv
    Reality TV Glows UpDocuseries like The Vow are television’s latest prestige offering, but they’re not so different from their trashier predecessors.
  32. comedy
    I Was Afraid of Virtual Comedy Shows — Until I Went to OneTaylor Tomlinson’s InCrowd Comedy is an oddly hilarious alternative to a live show.
  33. movies
    The Boys in the Band Play OnThe pioneering gay drama, long dismissed as a relic of self-hatred, is now a Netflix film that remains brilliantly uncomfortable.
  34. movies
    Why Wait for Death?In her new film, Kirsten Johnson documents the loss of her father to dementia — while “killing” him over and over again.
  35. tv review
    Fargo Disappears Into Its Own NavelEvery season of Noah Hawley’s crime anthology series is a veritable monologuefest, but season four seems especially top-heavy.
  36. art
    How Caravaggio Destroyed (and Saved) PaintingThree revolutionary works still speak to us of doubt, inspiration, and grace.
  37. movie review
    Jude Law and Carrie Coon Are Gorgeously Dysfunctional in The NestIn the new film from the director of Martha Marcy May Marlene, a family slowly implodes after moving into a crumbling house in the U.K. countryside.
  38. movies
    The Movies That Don’t Actually Speak to ‘the Moment’Antebellum is cinema’s latest desperate attempt at relevancy.
  39. classical music
    The New York Philharmonic Wants You to Take a Walk in the ParkWith Soundwalk, Ellen Reid’s composition that changes according to your GPS location.
  40. profile
    Delusions of WhitenessIn Rumaan Alam’s new thriller, a white family staying at a Hamptons Airbnb is startled when the Black owners knock on the door.
  41. where it started at
    The 100 Songs That Define New York Rap, RankedIt’s not a sound, it’s an attitude.
  42. theater on tv
    Coastal Elites Is As Distanced As Its SubjectMonologues that play to a crowd don’t work without that audience.
  43. movie review
    Mulan Is a Dour Drag of a Movie (But a Fascinating Cultural Object)In trying to square Disney girl-power tendencies with perceived Chinese values, the new remake ends up in a baffling limbo of motivations.
  44. fall preview
    Let Amber Ruffin Be Your GuideAs she launches a late-night show in the middle of an election season.
  45. fall preview
    Explore the World of Artists in QuarantineThe Drawing Center presents vibrant new work created in lockdown.
  46. tv review
    The Boys Are Back to Blow Your Mind, Literally and FigurativelyGleefully violent as ever, Amazon’s dark superhero story ups the ante on its most suggestive ideas about media image-making and corporate control.
  47. fall preview
    Allow Natalie Palamides to Dominate YouWith her genre- and gender-bending comedy special, Nate.
  48. fall preview
    49 Albums We Can’t Wait to Hear This FallAs this cursed year drags on, music remains one of the only certainties.
  49. fall preview
    Enter Planet Miranda JulyMissed connections, Instagram lovers, and, of course, poop.
  50. fall preview
    Big Sean Finally Knows PeaceA frank talk with the rapper about his long, fraught journey to Detroit 2.
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