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Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Philip Roth Dies Aged 85

Winner of a multitude of literary prizes including the Pulitzer, Man Booker, and two National Book Awards, Philip Roth has died at 85. His death ending an era in American literature. Some of his most popular works include American Pastoral, The Human Stain, and Portnoy’s Complaint

 

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The New York Times reported that he had died of congestive heart failure.

 

During his career, Roth was able to explore many versions of himself through his literature, blurring the lines between reality and fiction. He explored what it meant to be an American, a Jew, a writer, and a man. In 2005, Roth became only the third living writer to have his books immortalized in the Library of America

 

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Junot Díaz Steps Down as Pulitzer Prize Chairmen Amid Misconduct Allegations

Last week, award-winning author and MIT professor, Junot Díaz was confronted by author Zinzi Clemmons, who stated he backed her into a corner and forcibly kissed her while she was a graduate student in his workshop in 2012. What quickly followed was a slew of accusations and allegations from various authors; accusing Díaz of sexual misconduct, assault, harassment, bullying, and violent misogyny. 

 

 

 

 

In a statement given by the Pulitzer Prize board on Thursday, the allegations against Díaz are being reviewed. In the meantime, he has relinquished his role as chairman on the board; a role he’d just been granted in April.

 

The Pulitzer Prize board has stated that “Mr. Díaz said he welcomed the review and would cooperate fully with it.” 

 

MIT has also stated they are taking the allegations against Díaz seriously, and will be leading an independent investigation. 

 

The Cambridge Public Library has announced cancellation of their annual Summer Reading Kick-Off, featuring Díaz.

 

Díaz was also forced to withdraw from The Sydney Writers’ Festival, with the festival stating:

 

 As for so many in positions of power, the moment to reckon with the consequences of past behavior has arrived. Sydney Writers’ Festival is a platform for the sharing of powerful stories: urgent, necessary and sometimes difficult. Such conversations have never become more timely.

 

The accusations and allegations are still flowing in; each containing nauseating accounts of aggression and discomfort. The writing world has been shaken up by the downfall of such a prolific author. But, the accusations needed to be made in order for victims to get justice.  

 

The curtain that had long hidden the dark truths of these stories, and protected the men who’ve abused their power, began to fall last October, following the Weinstein accusations and the beginning of the #MeToo movement, and is still only beginning to fall. These stories are sickening and difficult to read, but it’s important we see them and understand that a vital change has begun.

 

Díaz has yet to release a statement.

 

 

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Celebrates with Photos of his Pug in Pajamas

Andrew Sean Greer won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature this week for his novel Less, and the recipient of the prestigious $15,000 award took to Twitter to express his delight and astonishment at winning by including photographs of his pug dog sporting fetching pajamas and rainbow suspenders. Here is a man who knows not only how to win over the judges of one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, but also the internet. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kendrick Lamar Just Won a Pulitzer Prize and No One Saw it Coming

So it’s safe to say that after Beyonce’s Coachella performance, and the news that Kendrick Lamar has won a Pulitzer Prize, 2018 has been salvaged a little.

 

The first of its kind, Kendricks hip hop album DAMN won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. While the announcement of his win is a bit of a shock considering its the first album that has won that isn’t jazz or classical, it makes sense as Lamar has made a huge impact on hip hop, music, and culture since the release of his first album.
 

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 Andrew Sean Greer’s 2017 novel Less won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book follows a failed novelist’s journey traveling the world to avoid his ex-boyfriend’s wedding. Greer’s novel takes a more satirical look at the ‘American abroad’ narative, with the New York Times calling it “…the funniest, smartest, and most humane novel I’ve read since Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists.” Arthur Less, the main character of Greer’s novel, travels from New York to Paris, Berlin, Morocco, southern India, and Kyoto just to attending literary seminars, events, and festivals all while trying to avoid having to go to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

 

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