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Why Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run Is One of the Year’s Most Crucial Reads

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Why Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run Is One of the Year’s Most Crucial Reads

For a cultural icon who seems to have been around forever, Bruce Springsteen’s career has been filled with a surprising amount of, well, surprise. Always...

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The Bell Jar Gets a Movie, and 5 More Biopics About Women Writers

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The Bell Jar Gets a Movie, and 5 More Biopics About Women Writers

Sylvia Plath is one of modern literature’s most celebrated, complicated women, which is why it’s astonishing that it has taken this long for...
Dispatches from Generation YouTube

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Dispatches from Generation YouTube

For some, the term “YouTube Star” inspires nothing but confusion. There’s a generational rift between folks who still turn to their televisions...

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10 Biographies of Awesome Dads

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10 Biographies of Awesome Dads

Father’s Day isn’t just about your dad and the lame gift you probably bought him at the last-minute (another tie? really?). It’s about all the...
7 Other Overlooked Historical Figures who Deserve the Hamilton Treatment

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7 Other Overlooked Historical Figures who Deserve the Hamilton Treatment

The country is gripped with Hamilton fever, and the only cure is scoring tickets to the hottest show on Broadway. Even if you don’t live close enough...

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10 Must-Read Biographies of Black Americans

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10 Must-Read Biographies of Black Americans

Black History Month is an ideal moment to read biographies of some of the most influential and important—yet often overlooked—black Americans, men...
William Shatner’s Leonard Illuminates a Famous Friendship

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William Shatner’s Leonard Illuminates a Famous Friendship

There was great fanfare when Leonard Nimoy visited Barack Obama in the White House. Here, finally, was Spock himself meeting a president who, perhaps...
The Road to Little Dribbling Chronicles the Further Adventures of Bill Bryson in Britain

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The Road to Little Dribbling Chronicles the Further Adventures of Bill Bryson in Britain

With his wry sense of humor, keen observations, and ability to connect a place’s history with its present, Bill Bryson makes for an excellent travel...

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5 Reasons We’re Excited to Read Jon Meacham’s New Book about George H.W. Bush

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5 Reasons We’re Excited to Read Jon Meacham’s New Book about George H.W. Bush

There is little doubt that George Herbert Walker Bush is one of the most remarkable Americans of the modern era—and not solely because he was our...
A Graphic Memoir from Marvel Superstar Stan Lee

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A Graphic Memoir from Marvel Superstar Stan Lee

Stan Lee is a legend. “If I didn’t know everything about my life already, I’d envy your voyage of discovery!” he writes in the...
Valuable Life Lessons from Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?

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Valuable Life Lessons from Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?

It has been four years since Mindy Kaling shared her insecurities with us in Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a hilarious memoir of her coming-of-age...
10 Reasons Everyone Should Read Joan Didion’s New Biography, The Last Love Song

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10 Reasons Everyone Should Read Joan Didion’s New Biography, The Last Love Song

At 80, Joan Didion has had a long life in the publishing world. And since her novels, memoirs, and essays have a very personal tone, it’s easy to...

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