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An Apple a Day

Fiona's long-delayed CD tops our pop culture picks of the week.


Hey, Sonic Youth! Turn those frowns upside down! Your 1990 album, Goo, has gone deluxe.
  • Hey, Sonic Youth! Turn those frowns upside down! Your 1990 album, Goo, has gone deluxe.
CD -- Extraordinary Machine: Fiona Apple's way-overdue third album finally sees the light of day. And while we prefer the busier bootleg version that's been floating around all summer, this is still quite -- yes -- extraordinary. Moody girls, unite; your queen has returned.

CD -- Goo -- Deluxe Edition: The two-disc version of Sonic Youth's 1990 milestone includes outtakes, B-sides, and demos. And the original album's been remastered so that every feedback-drenched squawk and wail sounds crystal-clear.

TV -- Helen of Troy: The face that launched a thousand ships gets its props in this enthralling PBS special (airing at 9 p.m. Wednesday) that separates fact from myth. Historians agree on one fact: That Brad Pitt pic sucked.

BOOK -- The Hungry Years: This funny memoir traces British journalist William Leith's quest to get to the bottom of his obesity (spurred by an interview with carb doc Robert Atkins). No big surprise: He's addicted to food, among other things. Heavy stuff.

BOOK -- Lolita: With underage temptresses in vogue (see Bill Murray's Broken Flowers encounter with a very young, very naked vixen), now's a good time to check out the 50th anniversary edition of Vladimir Nabokov's jailbait classic. Feel horny and ashamed, all at the same time!

COMIC -- The Quitter: Perpetual crank Harvey Pekar recalls growing up as a white Jewish kid in a predominantly black Cleveland neighborhood in his latest graphic novel. Still doesn't explain why he's such a pain in the ass.

DVD -- The Right Spectacle: The Very Best of Elvis Costello: Twenty-seven of Costello's videos -- from "Pump It Up" to "13 Steps Lead Down" -- chart the bespectacled rocker's rise from angry young man to bitter old guy. Somebody should get him together with Harvey Pekar.

DVD -- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Finally, a chick flick for teens that doesn't blow -- even if its premise is a bit of an eye-roller: A pair of magical jeans fits every girl, from the skinny one to the chunky one. That's nothing. We have special socks that can do the Running Man.

MOVIE -- Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit: The cheese-loving inventor and his bemused pup investigate a case of missing veggies in the claymation duo's first feature. Off the suspect list: Ted Nugent.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- Aussiewood: Australia's Leading Actors and Directors Tell How They Conquered Hollywood: This tiresome book takes a fawning look at Australians --like Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, and Heath Ledger -- who've made it big in America, and some who haven't (who the hell is Fred Schepisi?). They should've kept it Down Under.

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