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A secret shelf of banned books thrives in a Texas school, under the nose of censors

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Jada Pinkett Smith's creative life. Matt Winkelmeyer/Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images hide caption

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'Oscar Wars' spotlights bias, blind spots and backstage battles in the Academy

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You'll savor the off-beat mysteries served up by 'The Kamogawa Food Detectives'

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Author and cultural critic bell hooks poses for a portrait on December 16, 1996 in New York City, New York. Karjean Levine/Getty Images hide caption

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The secret to lasting love might just be knowing how to fight

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A person dressed as Bigfoot makes their way through the snow during a blizzard in Boston in January 2015. John O'Connor's The Secret History of Bigfoot explores the myth and its lingering appeal. Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images hide caption

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Maurice Sendak delights children with new book, 12 years after his death

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Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004. Jeff Haynes/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Reexamining the 'upskirt decade' and the public ridicule of female pop stars

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In her new book Get the Picture, journalist Bianca Bosker explores why connecting with art sometimes feels harder than it has to be. Above, a visitor takes in paintings at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London in 2010. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images hide caption

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How the art world excludes you and what you can do about it

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Mark Daley is the founder of The Foster Parent, a national platform to connect interested families with foster organizations. Mark Daugherty/Simon & Schuster hide caption

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A foster parent reflects on loving — and letting go of — the children in his care

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Maurice Sendak delights children with new book, 12 years after his death

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Writer George Pelecanos reads The Washington Post every morning in his home. Keren Carrión/NPR hide caption

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Police raided George Pelecanos' home. 15 years later, he's ready to write about it

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