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The biggest lie we still teach in American history classes

How HBO’s My Brilliant Friend translates Elena Ferrante’s beloved book to TV

What Taylor Swift’s new record deal means for the music industry — and for her image

Green Book builds a feel-good comedy atop an artifact of shameful segregation. Yikes.

Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend doesn’t just compel people to read, but to travel

American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable

HBO’s My Brilliant Friend adaptation is a knockout

SNL’s cold open makes voter fraud conspiracies sound as ludicrous as they are

SNL explains Amazon’s HQ2 strategy: to troll President Trump

The host of You Must Remember This on writing a book as essential as her podcast

The darker side of Stan Lee’s legacy

Elite library sorters race to process books in cutthroat competition

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels like a giant prologue for some other movie

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’s bonkers plot twist, explained

Jonathan Franzen’s new essay collection is a bird-obsessed, condescending mess

The best movies out this weekend

13 great films now in theaters and on streaming.

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The author of The Princess Bride shaped pop culture as few screenwriters have

Cam has the brilliant audacity to argue that the internet isn’t about connecting people

Bohemian Rhapsody loves Freddie Mercury’s voice. It fears his queerness.

The guidebook that helped black Americans travel during segregation

In Widows, Viola Davis’s heist crew captivates even when the story stumbles

Netflix’s Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an old West folk tale, with a signature Coen brothers twist

Netflix’s The Princess Switch is the best kind of dumb, cozy Christmas movie

How Kristen Bell’s terrific performance grounds The Good Place’s wildest season yet

Monica Lewinsky is finally having her moment

It took 46 years for Aretha Franklin’s concert doc to come out. The wait was worth it.

Jell-O is finally capitalizing on the Instagram slime trend

Sigrid Nunez wins the 2018 National Book Award for The Friend

We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought. 

Watch: Every Stan Lee cameo from every single Marvel movie he appeared in

12 years after mocking Al Gore’s fight against climate change, South Park reconsiders

How corporate cash bought higher education

How Willem Dafoe learned to paint like Vincent Van Gogh

The best part of Michelle Obama’s new memoir is how much smack she talks about her husband

The 5 biggest takeaways from Michelle Obama’s revealing new memoir

Michelle Obama left her job so her husband could be president. Now it’s her turn to shine.

Michelle Obama says she’ll “never forgive” Trump for putting her family at risk

Michelle Obama’s story of “talking white” shines a light on the complexities of code-switching

Michelle Obama’s Becoming is a master class in walking the First Lady Tightrope

I was on a Forbes 30 under 30 list. Here are the hidden privileges that made me a “success.”