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Kamasi Washington, a 37-year-old saxophone player from Los Angeles, is a major player in Nate Chinen's new book Playing Changes. Amy Harris/AP hide caption

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Jazz In The 21st Century Is All About 'Playing Changes'

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Nico Walker wrote his semi-autobiographical novel Cherry while in federal prison for armed bank robbery. Courtesy of Nico Walker hide caption

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An Iraq Veteran, Heroin Addict, Bank Robber And Debut Novelist

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With Wit And Sadness, 'Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine' Has Echoes Of Salinger

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YouTube star Elle Mills recently took a month off from posting videos, telling her fans, "I will be putting my mental health first for a bit." Courtesy of Elle Mills hide caption

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The Relentless Pace Of Satisfying Fans Is Burning Out Some YouTube Stars

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'The Line That Held Us': Noir In Appalachia

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V.S. Naipaul, seen here in 1968, once told NPR, "It's important to avoid the wallow. It repels the reader." John Minihan/Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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V.S. Naipaul, Controversial Author And Nobel Laureate, Dies At 85

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John David Washington stars as Ron Stallworth in Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman. David Lee/Focus Features hide caption

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'I Wasn't Sure If It Was True': John David Washington On The 'BlacKkKlansman' Story

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