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An OED Update Reveals the Surprising Place Where Hundreds of New Words Originated

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The June quarterly update of the Oxford English Dictionary, out this week, brings with it more than 500 new words. As with other lexicographical updates we’ve seen in 2015, the OED list includes new entries tethered to a rapidly evolving language of gender and identity (cisgender, intersectionality), as well as depressing, obligatory additions stemming from life under the technocratic regime of late capitalism (infopreneur). And, of course, there is no shortage of embarrassing gibberish (totes).
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J.K. Rowling Announces ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ — a Play Detailing the “Untold Part” of the Story

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Today is the 18th anniversary of the U.K. pub date of the first Harry Potter book. To celebrate, J.K. Rowling, who’s currently in the midst of working on the Harry Potter spinoff film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and potentially Ezra Miller), just announced an upcoming stage production titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will explore the “untold part” of the wizard’s young life. 
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What’s Behind Our Obsession With Novels About Prep Schools and Elite Colleges?

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When I received a review copy of a forthcoming book about post-college female friendship called Bennington Girls Are Easy, I immediately grabbed it for my summer reading pile, and even considered vaulting it ahead of many other similar-seeming books about young women. The title immediately called to mind alumna Donna Tartt’s The Secret History — her masterpiece about the aesthetic pursuit of evil at a Bennington-like institutions — and I salivated.
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20 Photos of Famous Authors Looking Badass

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Here’s a secret: a lot of famous authors are, well, kind of badass. That is, they’re even more badass than you assume, if you’re the kind of person who thinks it’s already fairly cool to be a great writer. Or maybe they just got caught in some really good light. Either way, here are some… Read More

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John Malkovich Reads Vonnegut’s ‘Breakfast of Champions’

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Audible has released a John Malkovich-narrated audio book of Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions. In the meta-fiction novel, Vonnegut’s reoccurring sci-fi writer character Kilgore Trout meets with car salesman Dwayne Hoover, who believes Trout’s work to be non-fiction. The work alleges that its reader is the only human with free will (i.e. not a robot), and Hoover — who’s going mad — takes the message to heart, allowing his newfound solipsism to fuel his violent impulses.
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