The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Pitchfork reviews the Beatles reissues. A Hard Day’s Night scores a 9.7, but With the Beatles doesn’t fare so well — an 8.8. [via Pitchfork] 2. Charles Burnett will direct a feature-length documentary about Barack Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. [via THR] 3. The shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize includes previous winners A.S. Byatt and J.M. Coetzee, and big sellers Sarah Waters and Hilary Mantel. [via Publishers Weekly] 4. Theater critic John Heilpern has left the New York Observer after 17 years, stating, “I don’t want to be too negative about the 12-year-old owner, Jared Kushner, but as my ma and pa from Manchester, England, used to say, ‘That boy couldn’t run a chip shop.'” [via NYP] 5. Nick Cave has released a soundtrack for his new novel The Death Of Bunny Munro that is reportedly a mix of “a film soundtrack, a radio play, and an hallucination.” [via NME]