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Watch Jon Stewart Get Chummy with Stephen Colbert on ‘The Colbert Report’

This may be hard to believe, but Jon Stewart has never appeared as a proper guest on The Colbert Report. It’s… Read More

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Watch Toni Morrison Be Delightful, Wise, Everything Great on the ‘Colbert Report’

Toni Morrison, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author of Song of SolomonBeloved, The Bluest Eye, and so much more, appeared on… Read More

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50 Cultural Icons on Their Favorite Books

Everybody loves a good book. Yes, everybody — even the rich, famous and culturally relevant. And since there’s nothing better than a book recommendation from someone you already idolize, why not check out which ones they count as their favorites? Maybe you’ll wind up finding out that you have even more in common with Lady Gaga than you thought. Click through to find out which books your favorite cultural icons, from Bill Murray to Joan Didion to Nas, love best — and get to padding that reading… Read More

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“Why Are They Sabotaging Us?” Famous Authors Speak Out on Amazon vs. Hachette

The war between Amazon and Hachette has dominated this year’s book news. But what gets lost in this fight — a fight which is taking place, as noted by Sherman Alexie, between giant corporations — is that the authors are the ones who are suffering. And lord knows authors suffer enough already. They stayed quiet during the first months of this fight, hoping, probably, that some concession would be made in favor of humanity rather than corporations. But as Amazon vs. Hachette drags on, big-name authors from Neil Gaiman to Malcolm Gladwell to Sherman Alexie are speaking out against Amazon’s bullish practices. Here’s what they have to… Read More

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50 Cultural Icons on What They Were Like as Teenagers

It’s hard out there for a teenager. It’s even kind of hard out there for those of us who used to be teenagers — especially in these back-to-school months, when the nostalgia comes creeping up like those floods we used to wear and never, ever should again. But you know who was probably even stranger than you in high school? Your favorite cultural icon. Or maybe not — as is only to be expected, some had joyful (and/or prank-filled) teenage years, some suffered tragedies, some were completely weird, some were popular, and some deserve our respect for even getting through. Click through to read 50 cultural icons on their teenage… Read More

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Here’s James Franco Talking Renaissance Manhood and ‘Child of God’ on Colbert

Last night on Colbert, James Franco was actually kind of charming: perhaps in an effort to promote his new film,… Read More

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Stephen Colbert, Lena Dunham — Yes, Even James Franco — and the Era of Celebrity as Bookseller

I wrote a post a few years ago about Jewel’s 1998 bestselling book of poetry, A Night Without Armor. The book, while undeniably terrible, has probably sold more copies in one year than the bestselling books of poetry from the last five years combined. What does that tell you? For one, it says that with all the great poetry out there, the general public has really bad taste. But it also speaks volumes about the fact that a celebrity name attached to a book — whether they wrote it or not — sells copies. And although there was probably no study as to how much extra time customers stood in the poetry aisle, browsing the other titles, and possibly buying them, lured there because of A Night Without Armor, I have to believe at least a few young minds were drawn to poetry because of that book. Because, let’s face it: we all have to start somewhere, and that somewhere usually sucks. … Read More

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Watch Stephen Colbert Explain How “Sexy Mugshot Guy” Could Help Reform the Prison System

Last night on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert offered his take on Jeremy Meeks, the felon charged with “street terrorism”… Read More

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