Word + Quiz: pastiche

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Word + Quiz: pastiche

1. a work of art that imitates the style of some previous work

2. a musical composition, literary work or other artistic product made of pieces from various sources

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The word pastiche has appeared in 53 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Sept. 9 in “Central Park Birder Turns Clash Into Graphic Novel About Racism” by Sarah Maslin Nir:

Mr. Cooper said the graphic novel was deliberately not an exact recounting of his May 25 interaction with Ms. Cooper.

“I think that is the beauty of comics, it lets you reach that place visually and viscerally,” he said. “And that’s what this comic is meant to do: Take all these real things that are out there and, by treating them in a magical realist way, get to the heart of the matter.”

… Mr. Cooper said the Beth character is intended to be a pastiche, not a depiction of Ms. Cooper. (Ms. Cooper could not be reached for comment.)

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