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John Vercher is the author of the novels Three-Fifths and After the Lights Go Out. Karen Maria Photography/Soho Press hide caption

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A novelist's time in the MMA cage informed his book on memory loss and identity

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Megan Thee Stallion, performing at Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, U.K. on Sat. June 25, 2022. During her set, Megan spoke out against the Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images hide caption

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How I fell in love with pinball

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Life in the Middle Ages is more gross than engrossing in this ruthless novel

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Street Symphony plays in harmony with Skid Row's 'sacred spaces'

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Janelle Monae presents the award for best female R&B/pop artist at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP hide caption

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The Peanuts characters reminded readers of the importance of Title IX at a moment when many schools and athletic programs were resistant to it. Peanuts © 1979 Peanuts Worldwide LLC hide caption

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'Peanuts,' one of the world's most popular cartoons, pushed for Title IX in the 1970s

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'Wait Wait' for June 25, 2022: With Not My Job guests Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda

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