Purple, Prose: The new book Nabokov's Favorite Word is Mauve subjects thousands of books to statistical analysis. NPR Multimedia/AP Photo hide caption

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'Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve' Crunches The (Literary) Numbers

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Chuck Barris, television producer who created several game shows, including The Gong Show, died Tuesday at 87. NBC/NBC via Getty Images hide caption

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Chuck Barris Didn't Invent Schlock Television, He Weaponized It

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Writer Neil Gaiman attends a screening of Coraline during the Entertainment Weekly CapeTown Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre on May 5, 2013. Michael Buckner/Getty for Entertainment Weekly hide caption

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Bill Paxton as John Garrett on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2014. Garrett perished in the finale of the show's first season, a thing Paxton always did with style. Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images hide caption

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