February 27-March 2, 2012

The Beach Boys’ Smile is one of the great lost masterpieces of rock and roll, and it haunts the band’s catalog, with songs from the project turning up on most of their later albums. Mike Vincent gives you a map to assembling your own Smile, as well as his take on the later releases of the original tapes and Brian Wilson’s solo re-recordings. Read “Cracked”

Kevin Mattison wraps up The Great Oscar Race with a look at the winners, and the winners that should have been. Read “Three strides back and kind of OK with it”

Yael Borofsky takes on one of hockey’s most pressing ontological questions: How in the world have the Detroit Red Wings been so good for so long? Read “Hockey philosophy: Why are the Red Wings so good?”

There are favorite movies, and then there are favorite movies that we don’t want anyone to know about. Ana Holguin lets you in on her “Top 5 movies to watch when no one’s watching”

The streaming content deal between Netflix and Starz expired today, and in case you haven’t noticed already, there’s probably a handful of stuff that’s no longer in your queue. Sarah Pavis lists “The top 10 movies I’ll miss most now that the Starz deal has expired”

Kelly Hannon reads Tana French’s Faithful Place, a compelling murder mystery about lost love and the dark places that only family can take you. Read “Where the body is buried”

Jill Kolongowski would love to be able to tell you how to eat well when you’re attending a conference, but she’s never quite figured it out. She can, however, detail her experience, so at least you know what to avoid. Read “How not to eat at AWP 2012”

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