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Celebrated Statesman, Artist Killed in Kenya Attack (Audio)

Professor Kofi Awoonor, former chairman of Kenya’s Council of State and a poet of African decolonization, was among those killed in the attack on the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi on Saturday.

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On Chelsea Manning and Privacy, Cumberbatch Still Sides With Authority (Updated)

After reading Benedict Cumberbatch’s full, unedited remarks on the punishment of Chelsea Manning and government destruction of privacy, published Monday at The Guardian, I believe his meanings as originally reported remain intact.

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DC Gives Poor Excuse for Nixing Batwoman’s Lesbian Wedding

The co-publisher of the iconic comic book said Batwoman can’t marry the woman of her dreams because “heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives,” The Independent reports.

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From the Rubble of the Syrian Civil War, Visceral Poetry Arises

Turning away from the religious metaphors of the past, Syria’s new verse relies on realistic, raw descriptions inspired by war and expresses the hope for a united country to be formed. But the outspoken nature of this emerging literary tradition comes at a price.

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Poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney Dies at 74

No anthology of Irish poetry (or, arguably, contemporary poetry) is complete without an entry penned by Seamus Heaney. Friday, the literary world lost a treasure when the renowned bard died in Dublin, after being hospitalized due to a fall.

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Crime Writer Elmore Leonard Dies at 87

Along with his literary contributions, the author’s crime thrillers became part of the American cultural conversation through screen adaptations of several of his stories. He died Tuesday at his home in Michigan at age 87.

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On His Birthday, a Famed Artist’s Masterpiece Faces the Bulldozer

The late political cartoonist Paul Conrad won the Pulitzer Prize so many times it was deemed unseemly to give him any more. Now, on the Thursday he would have turned 89, one of his masterpieces faces oblivion.

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Michael Douglas’ Cancer Caused by an STD That Can Easily Be Prevented

The movie star rejected embarrassment to say this week that his throat cancer was caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that only 1 percent of boys are vaccinated against.

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WTF? Beyonce and Anna Wintour Chair Punk Couture Exhibit

It’s hard not to imagine a genuine punk rocker gagging a little bit on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.”

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE



In-Depth Review and Analysis of the 2013 Pulitzer Winner for Fiction

Cherilyn Parsons, in her Truthdig review of “The Orphan Master’s Son,” wrote that the book, which just won the Pulitzer Prize, is “a rich, careening, dystopian tale that stretches the form of a novel to give us a visceral hit of life inside North Korea.”

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