What to lis­ten to these hol­i­days

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At this time of year, there’s only one thing bet­ter than a good book, and that’s a good book that won’t give you a dead arm… SWEETBITTER BY STEPHANIE DANLER Read by Alex McKenna

One of the most buzzed-about books of 2016, Sweetbitter is a tale of in­dul­gence and in­fat­u­a­tion set in a fic­tional restau­rant based on iconic New York City eatery (and for­mer work­place of au­thor Stephanie Danler) Union Square Café. It’s es­sen­tially The Devil Wears Prada for the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try. If you haven’t read it in print yet, pour your­self a glass of rosé and press play.


Read by Julie McKay

An ex­plo­ration of an all-too fa­mil­iar fe­male friend­ship nar­ra­tive, Rich and Pretty chron­i­cles two child­hood besties who find that they have in­creas­ingly lit­tle in com­mon as adults. “It’s a re­lat­able sub­ject if you've ever found a rote check-in with your BFF a lit­tle grat­ing with­out re­ally know­ing why,” wrote one re­viewer. Chances are you’ll be direct di­al­ing that BFF by the end of the read­ing, though.



Read by the au­thor

We are a week out from the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion as this issue of Fash­ion Quar­terly goes to print, which means that by the time you see it, Hillary Clin­ton should have fin­ished mov­ing into the Oval Of­fice. We are pre­par­ing by throw­ing back to the 2003 au­to­bi­og­ra­phy nar­rated by the for­mer FLOTUS and now (we think) POTUS her­self. Of course, if our pre­dic­tions are off, we are sure Don­ald Trump’s Great Again: How to Fix Our Crip­pled Amer­ica also makes for a fas­ci­nat­ing lis­ten.


Read by Jeremy Irons

Hum­bert Hum­bert takes on an ex­tra level of creepi­ness in this record­ing of Lolita nar­rated by Jeremy Irons – who went from play­ing the ver­bose vil­lain in the 1992 film to voic­ing Scar in The Lion King. If Hum­bert’s ob­ses­sion with 14-year-old “nymphette” Dolores isn’t enough to get your skin crawl­ing, try con­vinc­ing your brain that he didn’t also kill Mu­fasa.


Read by Diane Keaton

First pub­lished in 1968 against a backdrop of so­cial up­heaval and in­ter­gen­er­a­tional con­flict, Joan Didion’s cel­e­brated book of es­says en­cap­su­lates, through a se­ries of vi­gnettes, the au­thor’s ex­pe­ri­ence of Cal­i­for­nian coun­ter­cul­ture in the late-1960s. It is brought to life by Diane Keaton’s nar­ra­tion. Make your com­mute the most pro­duc­tive part of your day with a pod­cast that will en­ter­tain and in­spire… THE PANDOLLY POD­CAST: What makes a ba­sic bitch? Do hip­sters watch The Hills in an ironic way? How many G&T’s are too many on a long­haul flight? Bri­tish style writ­ers Pan­dora Sykes and Dolly Alder­ton bring you the an­swers to these ques­tions and more. Lis­ten in if: You’re out of Par­don My French episodes, or you’d rather take your fail­safe pod­cast for­mula with a dif­fer­ent, cool ac­cent. PAR­DON MY FRENCH: Fea­tur­ing blog­ger, writer and all-round em­bod­i­ment of Parisian chic Garance Doré con­vers­ing can­didly with ev­ery­one from Is­abel Marant to Rose Byrne about ev­ery­thing from pets to plas­tic surgery, Par­don My French takes a fail­safe pod­cast for­mula and adds a re­ally cool ac­cent. Lis­ten in if: Like us, you’re a Fran­cophile a few Eu­ros short of your Paris dream.

HOW I BUILT THIS: Ever won­dered who came up with the idea for Spanx? How about the sto­ries be­hind In­sta­gram, or Vice Me­dia? Look no fur­ther than How I Built This, a pod­cast that quizzes com­pany founders on where their busi­nesses be­gan. Lis­ten in if: You’re a fan of Sophia Amoruso’s Girl­boss Ra­dio, and you’re open to the idea that, oc­ca­sion­ally, male en­trepreneurs might have in­ter­est­ing in­sights too.

WHO? WEEKLY: Cre­ated by staffers of pop-cul­ture web­sites Jezebel and Vul­ture, Who? Weekly is a tabloid gos­sip par­ody in pod­cast form. It prom­ises to teach you “ev­ery­thing you need to know about the celebri­ties you don’t”. Lis­ten in if: You know your Kim from your Khloe, but you don’t keep up with the Kar­dashi­ans enough to dis­tin­guish Scott Disick from Jonathan Che­ban.


The Cincin­nati En­quirer's in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a so-called open-and-shut case of mur­der forms the ba­sis of Accused, the lat­est stand­out in the wildly pop­u­lar true-crime pod­cast cat­e­gory. Lis­ten in if: You’ve been wait­ing for some­thing to live up to Se­rial ever since its dis­ap­point­ing second sea­son.

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