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De­nis John­son, the prizewin­ning fic­tion writer, poet and play­wright best known for his sur­real and tran­scen­dent story col­lec­tion Je­sus’ Son, died last week of liver can­cer at age 67. “De­nis was one of the great writ­ers of his gen­er­a­tion,” Jonathan Galassi, pres­i­dent and pub­lisher of Far­rar, Straus & Giroux, said in a state­ment Fri­day. “He wrote prose with the imag­i­na­tive con­cen­tra­tion and em­pa­thy of the poet he was.” John­son won the Na­tional Book Award in 2007 for his Viet­nam War novel Tree of Smoke and was a fi­nal­ist for the Pulitzer Prize for Tree of Smoke and, in 2012, for his novella Train Dreams.

Carly Rae Jepsen is giv­ing lis­ten­ers all the right emo­tions, yet again. The Cana­dian pop singer, who rose to fame with the megahit “Call Me Maybe,” re­leased “Cut to the Feel­ing” as a sin­gle on Fri­day to a rous­ing re­sponse. Her name quickly be­came a trend­ing topic on Twit­ter and some high-pro­file tastemak­ers were tout­ing it as a pos­si­ble “song of the summer” can­di­date.

Ben Stiller and his wife, ac­tress Chris­tine Tay­lor, an­nounced Fri­day that they are sep­a­rat­ing af­ter 17 years of mar­riage. They have two chil­dren. Star wire ser­vices

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