Like eggnog, holiday music has a tendency to divide people rather than unite them. For every lover of “Frosty the Snowman” there’s an equally ardent hater. Here, a few selections from this year’s crop, in order of their potential for controversy.
This month’s books
Despite an Oscar nomination and a couple of plum Hollywood roles, Rinko Kikuchi has the right to remain silent
Meet the handsome brothers adding sex appeal to television’s home improvement genre
Depravity gets the la-di-da treatment with a musical version of American Psycho
The career of Britart icon Tracey Emin takes an unexpected turn in Miami
Whoopi Goldberg’s directorial debut celebrates the first lady of standup comedy
Some select lines from Terry Pratchett’s new book, Dodger’s Guide to London
Sixteen years after Princess Diana’s death, her greatest romance lives on in Diana
Credulity goes into hyperdrive with the arrival of a real-life owner’s manual for a made-up machine
On the J Autumn catwalk 4,000 feet above the floor of the Grand Canyon, models have even more incentive not to trip
Two pop stars with fake names, overdyed locks and outsize drives for courting controversy face off this month. Who will take home the crown of scorn?
Courting controversy at the Sydney Opera House
Doomed, Chuck Palahniuk’s ribald sequel to Damned, seeks to reinvent Dante’s Purgatorio for teenagers. Dang
The uncanny similarities between two frightening females
Two movies offer up true-life stories this month: The Fifth Estate (Oct. 18), with Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and Captain Phillips (Oct. 11), starring Tom Hanks as a guy whose ship is hijacked by Somali pirates. Here, we explore which film is most likely to float audiences’ boats.
Piers Morgan’s new memoir reflects on the CNN host’s American adventure
Photographer Tod Seelie captures New York’s wild side
Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights offer up the best haunted house ever
What to read this month