NAUGHTY CHARACTERS TO KEEP YOUR RESOLUTIONS NICE [SHOWING SLIDE 6 OF 10]

New Year’s resolutions are meant to be harsh and unforgiving, but who wants to start off the year feeling dour or Puritanical? Maybe, for now, you’re on the straight and narrow, and maybe you’re doing an admirable job of it. But even the saints among us need an outlet now and then. Why do we have writers around if not to help us imagine what it’s like to live as someone who’s different from ourselves? The bad boys and girls in these 10 books will let you slip into some naughty, scandalous lives—people who willingly disappear (or are disappeared), cads, philanderers, murderers—you know the types. Just make sure you wake up as your resolution-abiding self in the morning.

by Simon Rich

"Now we know what happens to all those SNL sketches that Lorne Michaels shoots down."
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