1 | ALBUM
808s & Heartbreak Using an ancient 808 drum machine for beats and a broken engagement for material, Kanye West turns in the most fascinating pop experiment since Radiohead's Kid A. The ghostly vocals and spare arrangements take getting used to, but the sound of his introspection is thrilling.
2 | BOOK
Revolutionary Road Richard Yates' devastating 1961 novel about a couple whose marriage implodes amid the cocktails and commuter trains of '50s suburbia may be the best book you've never read. So read it now--then see the film, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, out Dec. 26..