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Stephen Colbert wants you to read 'The Great Gatsby' by Thursday -- VIDEO

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Oprah probably won’t mind that Stephen Colbert stole her idea (as a tribute) and started his own book club. It’s called “cOlbert’s Book Club” – with the capital O so it can have a similar logo to Oprah’s – and its first book is The Great Gatsby.

Come Thursday, Colbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, and Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann will be sipping chardonnay and discussing the broad themes of the novel. We predict a lot of 3-D jokes.

“I will be reading right up until my first book-club meeting Thursday, when I assume we will discuss how this opulent, consequence-free lifestyle reaches its inevitable happy ending,” Colbert joked.

Watch the announcement below and remember, you all were supposed to have read it in high school anyway:

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Originally posted May 7 2013 — 10:38 AM EDT

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