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This Tom Hanks Story Will Help You Feel Less Bad by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Taffy Brodesser-Akner is the ace of The New York Times staff of writers covering celebrity culture, often taking on more prickly subject and giving a telling prominence to the more challenging elements of their behavior, the sort of infractions against graciousness that are usually left untyped. Her profile of Bradley Cooper, published last year at the height of the A Star is Born publicity push, is already the stuff of legend. for her latest article, Brodesser-Akner is able to take a very different angle, essentially confirming the suspicion — or ratifying the hope — that Tom Hanks is, to paraphrase the headline that will be used in tomorrow’s print edition of Times, as nice as you think he is, or maybe even nicer. For so many reason, the article is a joy to read.

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