From a World War II novel to a behind-the-scenes look at holiday movie classics, here’s the Weekly’s must-read, -watch and -listen to this week. 

READ | The Good Shepherd

You might not be able to put this 1955 novel by C.S. Forester down. You’ll keep waiting for a break in the action. Good luck with that. A convoy of ships is being escorted to Europe across the submarine-infested waters of the north Atlantic during World War II, under the command of an officer who is all too conscious of the middling rating he has received for his capabilities. Sound familiar? Tom Hanks starred in the movie version, “The Greyhound.” 

WATCH | The Holiday Moves That Made Us

Unwrap the real stories behind iconic Christmas blockbusters, including “Elf” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” thanks to insider interviews and behind-the-scenes peeks. And yes, you’ll see Will Ferrell dancing on a table. Be prepared for some funny and informative takes on the films profiled in Season 2, which was released on Netflix on Dec. 1. Season 1, released in November 2019, featured all-time favorites like “Die Hard” and “Home Alone.” On Netflix.


A mostly-reunited Smashing Pumpkins strengthens their creative confidence in their newly-released album. According to Apple Music, frontman Billy Corgan bucks the expectation that having drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha back long-term means a return to pummeling riffs and intricate art rock. Instead, the band makes a sharp pivot toward goth-pop. Overall, it’s an adventurous, musically generous offering that captures the musicians at their most vital when they take risks.

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