An Apple a Day

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

Extraordinary Machine Goo Helen of Troy The Hungry Years Lolita The Quitter The Right Spectacle The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Aussiewood
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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