Guardian and Washington Post win Pulitzer prize for NSA revelations – A full list of finalists and winners can be found here. While the fiction prizes are always of interest, this year the spotlight is definitely on the journalism awards, especially reporting on the NSA surveillance and the Boston Marathon bombing. The Boston Globe was recognized for that coverage.
Among the other Pulitzers, Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia of the Tampa Bay Times won for local reporting for their investigation into the housing blight of the city’s homeless population; and the New York Times’s Tyler Hicks and Josh Haner took the two photography prizes.
The Pulitzer for fiction writing went to Donna Tartt for The Goldfinch, while Annie Baker won the prize for drama for her play set in a cinema, The Flick. Become Ocean, a piece commissioned by the Seattle Symphony by John Luther Adams, won the Pulitzer for music. –The Guardian
How Has Fiction Handled the Theme of Money? – A very interesting piece by writers Pankaj Mishra and Rivka Galchen on how writers and fictional works approach issues around class and money. We talk a lot about how Romance so often celebrates upper class and aristocratic lifestyles, but the overall relationship between money and fiction is complex, conflicted, and often uncomfortably close.
“Business is the only human solidarity,” the American novelist William Dean Howells confessed in his essay “The Man of Letters as a Man of Business.” “We are all bound together with that chain, whatever interests and tastes and principles separate us.” Howells acknowledged what by the Gilded Age had become an unavoidable reality. Catering to a rising bourgeois class, imaginative writers had been forced to recognize money as both the root of many evils and also, in Marx’s words, “the truly creative power.” –New York Times
13 Kickass Literary Power Couples – From Stephen and Tabitha King to Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, a candid and compelling look at how writers’ relationships influenced and were influenced by the work. Percy and Mary Shelley’s relationship is pretty well-known, but there are still some interesting tidbits here. For example, Zadie Smith’s husband, Nick Laird, claims he discovered her, and if it were not for Véra Nabokov, it’s questionable whether Vladimir’s work would have seen the light of day. She even lectured in his place at Cornell.
Vladimir Nabokov’s classic works such as Lolita and Pale Fire have entranced generations of readers. While Lolita was met with considerable controversy for its “obscene” and “pornographic” content, Nabokov himself was quite straight-laced and conservative. He was married to Véra for over 50 years, and they were constantly together. Moreover, his wife was a brilliant woman whose significant contributions to his oeuvre are easy to overlook, but ultimately undeniable. –Huffington Post Books
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