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Stephen Colbert to Take the ‘Late Show’ Reins from David Letterman

When David Letterman pushes away from his desk on CBS’ “Late Night with David Letterman” in 2015, Stephen Colbert will be ready to pull up a chair.

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George W. Bush Used Top Google Results for All Paintings; Who Will Sue for Copyright Infringement?

Yes, that’s right. George W. Bush is an appropriation artist.

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Yearning for an Imagined Past

Wes Anderson’s characteristically whimsical “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” set in a fictitious central European nation succumbing to 1930s fascism, reflects contemporary audiences’ “half-embarrassed, half-guilty wish to know something of the great convulsions of the past,” film critic Stuart Klawans writes in The Nation.

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Author, Litterateur, Environmentalist Peter Matthiessen Dies at 86

The American who won awards for such books as “The Snow Leopard” and “Shadow Country,” co-founded literary magazine The Paris Review and was involved in the CIA’s Cold War propaganda effort died of leukemia in Long Island, N.Y., on Saturday.

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Will Stephen Colbert Replace David Letterman?

The Comedy Central host could give up his role as second fiddle to Jon Stewart and make the jump to network television.

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Capital in the 21st Century

In his new book, French economist Thomas Piketty reminds us that within the dynamics of capitalism is a natural and destabilizing tendency toward inequality of income, wealth and opportunity.

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The Big Book

Photojournalist W. Eugene Smith brought worldwide attention to social injustice with his provocative photographs. In 1959 he began assembling a retrospective on what was then his life’s work, which has never been published, until now.

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Cesar Chavez: The Story of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Diego Luna tells Truthdig he wanted to make a movie his Mexican-American son could look to for inspiration.

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The Triple Package

Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld try to explain why Cubans, East Asians, Indians, Jews, Lebanese, Mormons, Nigerians and Persians “do strikingly better than others in terms of wealth, position and other conventional measures of success.”

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‘Looking’ Is a Gay Show for Straight People

HBO is known for premium content, and its all-gay show “Looking” was successful enough that it has been renewed for a second season. I’m still not sure what, if anything, happened in the first one.

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