Welcome back to The Friday Download, T+L’s weekly roundup of books, music, and internet culture that promise to carry you through the weekend, whether your itinerary is jam-packed with travel or you’re staying put, staycation style. This week, dive into the Man Booker Prize longlist, binge-watch ballet, and listen up for an exclusive premiere from The Waifs.

By Caroline Hallemann
July 31, 2015
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The Waifs "Come Away"

With sweet melodies and intimate, expertly crafted song lyrics, this trio of Australian troubadours (aided by an additional drummer and bassist) offers listeners a new take on its folk-rock sound with Beautiful You, the band's seventh studio album. The record officially drops August 14, but get a sneak peek of "Come Away," an upbeat track that swells to a dynamic musical climax, premiering exclusively on T+L, below.


On the Grid

Take a truly high-design vacation with this series of neighborhood guides, curated by creatives around the world. Plan your trip, here.


Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings

Earlier this week, the "Man Booker Dozen" was released, a longlist of 13 contenders up for the prestigious literary award. Among the titles: Marlon James's 700-some page novel, a Caribbean work of historical fiction spanning multiple decades and exploring the aftermath of Bob Marley's 1976 assassination attempt. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times describes it as, "like a Tarantino remake of “The Harder They Come” but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja. It’s epic in every sense of that word." We're sold. Crack open A Brief History of Seven Killings (or the also touted, previously featured The Fishermen) today, and watch for the shortlist, a whittled-down lineup of six, to be announced September 15. 


Ballet 422

Now available on Netflix, director Jody Lee Lipes's 2014 film follows Justin Peck, a promising young New York City Ballet choreographer, as he takes an original work from inception to the studio and finally to the stage for its world premiere. Stream the documentary now

Caroline Hallemann is the associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @challemann.