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“Playboy”: A Compendium of Comedy, Cartoons & Conscience

A new book explores how comedians like Lenny Bruce, Phyllis Diller, and Joan Rivers were nurtured in Playboy clubs.


The Best of the Yesterday’s Britcoms: From “Monty Python” to “The Inbetweeners”

On the other side of the pond, they like their sitcoms dry with a touch of madness.

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How Do Pop Musicians Interpret Patriotism?

Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, and Lynyrd Skynyrd all pay tribute to America in their own special way.

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The Literary Wonderlands of John Lennon

Lennon’s quirkiness is on full display in “In His Own Write,” “A Spaniard in the Works,” and “Skywriting by Word of Mouth.”

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Artists Reflect on The Beatles in Their Lives

A new book has creative greats (from TV, music, and literature) share personal stories connected to the Fab Four.