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WATCH | LOST KINGDOM

As Alfred the Great defends his kingdom from Norse invaders, Uhtred — born a Saxon but raised by Vikings — seeks to claim his birthright. Now in its fourth season, which was released earlier this year, Alfred’s son and daughter, Edward and Aethelflaed, spar over the future of the Merica kingdom and their father’s dream of a united England. Meanwhile, Uhtred attempts to take back his birthright in Bebbanburg. Watch season four on Netflix. 

LISTEN | NOTES ON A CONDITIONAL FORM

The fourth studio album by the English band, The 1975, was recorded from August 2018 to February 2020 and produced by band members George Daniel and Matthew Healy, with some tracks also co-produced by Jonathan Gilmore. The 22-track album was preceded by seven singles, “People“, “Frail State of Mind“, “Me & You Together Song“, “The Birthday Party“, “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America“, “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)“, and “Guys” over a nine-month period. Larry Fitzmaurice of Entertainment Weekly described the album as a genre-hopping blend of pop and rock music, similar to their previous albums, with a recurring theme of electronic pop and dance music.

READ | PRETTY THINGS

Two wildly different women — one a grifter, the other an heiress — are brought together by the scam of a lifetime in a page-turner from the New York Times bestselling author of “Watch Me Disappear.” Nina once bought into the idea that her fancy liberal arts degree would lead to a fulfilling career. Vanessa is a privileged young heiress who wanted to make her mark in the world. Instead she becomes an Instagram influencer. Their paths collide on the cold shores of Lake Tahoe. 

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