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Watch John Green's commencement speech: 'Do not worry too much about your lawn' -- VIDEO

Author John Green — famous for The Fault In Our Stars and for making you laugh and then cry — has joined David Foster Wallace, Toni Morrison, and many others on the long list of Authors Giving Commencement Speeches with his address to Butler’s graduating class. Like theirs, Green is mostly warning the audience to not grow up and be terrible. It also comes with advice, such as: “Do not worry too much about your lawn.” And: “Keep reading. Specifically, read my books, ideally in hardcover.” The address is heartfelt and conversational, peppered with asides and references to the Internet — just like Green’s novels. Except this time: no deaths!

The full text of the speech is over on Green’s Tumblr. Watch it in full starting at 1:01:08 (“12 minutes flat, 11:45 if you don’t laugh”) below.

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Philip Roth talks 'Portnoy's Complaint', his own 'delusions of grandeur' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Author Philip Roth is famous for exploiting his private life for material in his writing, but the upcoming PBS documentary American Masters: Philip Roth: Unmasked (airing Mar. 29, 9 p.m.) will reveal the iconic writer’s thoughts on many subjects without the veil of fiction. In honor of Roth’s 80th birthday, admirers such as Jonathan Franzen and Mia Farrow also weigh in on his work and influence. Below is a clip in which Roth talks about the confessional nature of Portnoy’s Complaint — watch until the end to see his sharp sense of humor on display. READ FULL STORY

Patricia Cornwell visits 'Katie' after legal victory -- EXCLUSIVE

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Patricia Cornwell’s legal battle with her former money managers involved helicopters, Elton John tickets, and — last week — a $50 million award from a jury.

Now Cornwell’s journey is ending with a stop-off at Katie, in an episode that airs tomorrow, for the author’s first TV interview since the lawsuit concluded — and EW was on set.

Read highlights from the sit-down, and see a clip from the interview, below.

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'The Onion Book of Known Knowledge' is at your fingertips with the Book Bjorn -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Have you ever felt like a hopeless dimwit? Is Encyclopedia Britannica just not cutting it for you? Do you want to win friends and influence people? Then you’d better pick up a copy of The Onion Book of Known Knowledge, out Oct. 23

But it’s too heavy, you say! I couldn’t possibly lift a tome so replete with knowledge all by my lonesome. Not to worry, there’s the Book Bjorn! This extremely fashionable carrier distributes the weight of the book across your back and puts it in easy reach so you can enjoy your copy of The Onion Book of Known Knowledge entirely hands-free! Check it out below:

Admit it, book lovers. You kind of want one.

Read more:
Now ‘The Onion’ will mock TED talks with ‘Onion Talks’ — VIDEO
Hostage situation in Congress, ‘The Onion’ reports
‘The Onion’s Pulitzer campaign shifts into semi-celebrity overdrive

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