Posts Tagged: Pulitzer Prize

One Burning Question: A Conversation with Evelyn C. White

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“I understood in that moment that my life had changed forever. And it has.”

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The Rumpus Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Viet Than Nguyen discusses his story collection The Refugees, growing up in a Vietnamese community in San Jose in the 1980s, and the power of secondhand memories.

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The Rumpus Interview with Gregory Pardlo

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Poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo discusses the reverence for poetry found in other cultures, how he strings a book together, and the future of American poetry in light of our national crisis.

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The Rumpus Interview with Margo Jefferson

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Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Margo Jefferson talks about her new memoir, Negroland, and about growing up in an elite black community in the segregated Chicago of the 1950s and 1960s.

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The Rumpus Interview with Adam Johnson

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Pulitzer Prize–winning author Adam Johnson talks about his new book, Fortune Smiles, fiction and voice, veterans and defectors, solar-powered robots and self-driving cars, and infrared baseball caps that can blind security cameras.

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The Rumpus Interview with Joshua Mohr and Janis Cooke Newman

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Authors Joshua Mohr and Janis Cooke Newman talk with one another about their new novels, All This Life and A Master Plan for Rescue, respectively.

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Sinclair Lewis’ Rejection Letter

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Letters of Note posts Sinclair Lewis’ rejection of the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel. Lewis argues that honors such as the Pulitzer serve the committees who award them rather than receivers of the award; these committees become the enforcers of taste and threaten to decrease the creativity of future authors: “I invite other writers […]

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Pulitizer Do-Over

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NYT Magazine asked writers and critics which novels deserved this year’s “lost” Pultizer Prize. DFW’s The Pale King was a repeat hypothetical winner. “The Pale King, my favorite work of fiction from 2011, isn’t David Foster Wallace’s greatest novel; perhaps it isn’t even fully ‘his,’ given that it was edited and published after his death. […]

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Non-Awards

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Listen in to Here & Now as Rumpus columnist Steve Almond discusses the 2012 Pulitzer Prize fiction indecision–and why it may be a good thing. Almond argues that we are overly invested in literary awards and suggests that the Pulitzer process should focus on the deliberations rather than the voting. “The most fascinating thing you […]

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“The Year We All Lost”

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At The New York Times, Anne Patchett reflects on the Pulitzer’s failure to give a fiction award, and her disappointment as a writer, reader, and bookseller. “The winners are written up in papers and talked about on the radio, and sometimes, at least on PBS stations, they make it onto television. This in turn gives […]

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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Poetry is good for your face, but you need to make sure you rub it all the way in. Harriet, the Poetry Foundation’s blog, is having some problems with commenters. I wonder why we don’t? Steven Fama has a few choice words for the Pulitzer Committee. John Ashbery on the importance of poetry: “Its beauty […]

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