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Batman Sidekick Featured on The Daily Show

Last night The Daily Show with Jon Stewart took a satirical look at Batman‘s Parisian sidekick, Nightrunner–uncovering some prejudice against the comic book character.

The French sidekick has an Islamic background. The segment featured Bosch Fawstin, a comic book artist who seems to believe that being a Muslim and being a Jihadist are mutually inclusive. Daily Show reporter Aasif Mandvi (who is also a Muslim) donned a costume to pose as a crime fighter, all in the name of comedy.

This is not the first time Nightrunner faced such criticism. Batman writer David Hine explained why he had Batman meet his sidekick in Death and Taxes magazine: “The process of developing a story is complex and there are all kinds of things I looked at. The urban unrest and problems of the ethnic minorities under [Nicolas] Sarkozy’s government dominate the news from France and it became inevitable that the hero should come from a French Algerian background.”

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Jon Stewart & Julie Andrews Win Audiobook Grammy Awards

Last night, Jon Stewart & The Daily Show writers won the Best Spoken Word Album Grammy Award for Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race. Julie Andrews and her daughter (Emma Walton Hamilton) won the Best Spoken Word Album for Children award for the poetry collection, Julie Andrews’ Collection Of Poems, Songs, And Lullabies.

In the video embedded above, Andrews reads a poem. Andrews also won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In her acceptance speech earlier this month, the actress talked about her work as a children’s author.

When Stewart read at a New York City Barnes & Noble, he explained the book’s premise: “This is the entirety of the human experience. How we got here, what we did while we were here, and obviously, how we’re leaving. We’ll tell you, it’s really quite funny.”

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George W. Bush Memoir Tops College Bestseller List

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, eight out of the top ten titles on college campuses are nonfiction books. Decision Points by George W. Bush topped the list.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson were the only fiction books on the list. Life by Keith Richards and The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 by Mark Twain joined Bush’s memoir on the list. Humor titles by Jon Stewart and Tucker Max also made the cut.

What titles did you read while you were in college? The magazine surveyed university bookstores across the country for the list. Follow this link for the complete list of participating bookstores.