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Spouses who follow soldiers to war have their own battles to fight

As service members returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, they took a cue from earlier generations and started writing about their wartime experience. The surge in fiction by theseveterans included such powerful stories as “The Yellow Birds,” “Fives and Twenty-fives” and “Redeployment.”But
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‘Bachelor in Paradise’ dispute par for reality TV course

LOS ANGELES — Modern reality television has been misbehaving since it was born.Putting aside the charmingly mild “Candid Camera” midcentury years, the reality TV era that began in the early 1990s with MTV’s “Real World” has encompassed its share of questionable standards and tactics.Both
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Olympic stars Phelps, Biles among finalists for The ESPYS

LOS ANGELES — Multiple stars from last summer’s Rio Olympics highlight this year’s nominees for best male and female athletes for The ESPYS.Swimmer Michael Phelps, who won five gold medals in Rio, joins National League MVP Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Cro
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ABC revives ‘The Gong Show,’ but does it still work in a world rife with amateurs?

Does “The Gong Show” belong in 2017?ABC, which has a lazy habit of exhuming old game shows, brings “The Gong Show” back Thursday night essentially unaltered — it’s a dank and shticky amateur talent show with the admittedly clever stunt-casting of actor Mike Myers as host Tommy Maitland,
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Can you live a moral and creative life and still enjoy a bit of luxury?

In his 1983 book, “Class: A Guide Through the American Status System,” Paul Fussell identified a new rung on the social ladder that he dubbed X. Class Xers are bohemians who are neither rich nor blue collar but not middle class, either; they eschew the trappings of social hierarchy for something
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The best love story is the one that happens by accident

Accidental love stories are some of the very best. They are pure hope — the promise of love when we don’t expect it, don’t intend it, don’t want it. Of course, we always want it. Love, in all its forms, is the mark of our humanity. Perhaps that’s why the romances into which we trip and fal
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How legal problems are swarming the Trump White House, according to cartoons

ON FRIDAY at the Library of Congress, in a celebration of the institution’s impressive comic-art holdings, actress-singer Lynda Carter told The Washington Post that there is one tool that she’d especially wield on Washington in her iconic ’70s role as Wonder Woman: the golden Lasso of Truth.Ca
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The exact date David Sedaris found the voice that made him a star

David Sedaris has spent decades mining his life for nuggets he can polish and sell: the time he was a department store elf, going to the dentist in Paris, his time in a nudist trailer park. His essays tend to meander over a true-ish story from his life, with characters a bit more eccentric than the
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Daniel Day-Lewis says he’s retiring from acting

NEW YORK — Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most widely respected actors of his generation and a three-time Oscar-winner, says he’s retiring from acting.The 60-year-old actor announced Tuesday that he has shot his last film and performed in his last play. That makes Paul Thomas Anderson’s already
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New Chris Cornell music video, filmed before death, released

NEW YORK — Chris Cornell’s final music video, filmed before the singer died in May, was released Tuesday.The video for “The Promise” was released to coincide with World Refugee Day. The clip was filmed in Brooklyn, New York.Eric Esrailian, who produced the video, said Cornell filmed the vide
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