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1. Ah, to remember the days when magazines offered more to read than just photo captions! VSL readers loved the Paris Review’s second edition of extended Q&As with literary titans — including Graham Greene, William Faulkner, James Thurber, and Stephen King (!) — who reveal themselves in thousands of clever, well-chosen words. To read the original e-mail, click here.

2. Todd Haynes’s new, wacky maybe-kinda Bob Dylan biopic, I’m Not There, may not be for everybody, but the soundtrack is something all our readers could agree on. With two discs’ and 33 tracks’ worth of Dylan covers — from Eddie Vedder, Cat Power, and Antony & the Johnsons, among others — it’s a perfect tribute to a man whose music can still raise goose bumps. To read the original e-mail, click here.

3. The most popular VSL Web pick for November? The awesomely complicated TV spot “Tipping Point” for Guinness. Director Nicolai Fuglsig (who previously did our favorite spots for Bravia TVs) turns a remote mountain village in Argentina into a giant Rube Goldberg device to dazzling effect. To read the original e-mail, click here.

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