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The book: This 1999 noir novel by Jonathan Lethem centers on Tourette's-afflicted detective Lionel Essrog. The book gleefully twisted the genre's penchant for intricate mysteries with detours into Zen Buddhism, corporate misbehavior and elderly mobsters.

The book: Long before Macavity, Bombalurina and Old Deuteronomy became Twitter-famous in the trailer revealing this film's surreal jump from Broadway to the big screen, these characters lived in the "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats." T.S. Eliot wrote the collection of poems to his godchildren. Published in 1939, the book has been praised for its whimsical look at cat psychology as well as an occasional satire of 1930s London.

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