September 6, 2013 |
The National Book Foundation has announced that Maya Angelou is this year's recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community. Over Angelou's 50-plus years as a writer and poet, she has won many awards -- including three Grammys, the National Medal of Arts, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and over 30 honorary degrees -- but the Literarian Award could be considered her first major literary prize. In a phone interview with the Associated Press after the announcement Thursday, Angelou said the prize made her feel like she was "picking in high cotton.
July 8, 2013 |
Here's one sure sign that contemporary electronic dance music is getting better: It's slowing down. The amped-up tempos and overeager productions of the late-EDM era were the last refuge of insecure, overcompensating producers. That's why "Comfort," the languid and melancholy full-length debut from the young London producer Maya Jane Coles, feels so assured. Its dozen tracks are a model of restraint, poise and pacing that does the real job of dance music - creating a world to get lost in. The album's standout house tracks, like "Burning Bright" and "Everything," should place her next to Disclosure and Seth Troxler as outsiders with crossover potential (she's already remixed the xx, a perfect stylistic fit)
June 21, 2013 |
Deep in the jungles of Mexico, scientists have discovered a Maya city, complete with signs of pyramids, remnants of palace buildings and ball courts. This hidden archeological gem, named Chactún (which means “red stone” or “great stone”) was described by the country's National Institute of Anthropology and History. “It's a total gap in the archeological map of the Maya area,” Slovenian archaeologist Ivan Sprajc, who led the team, said in a taped interview in Spanish.
June 15, 2013 |
On Friday night at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the actress Maya Rudolph appeared at an event billed as "The Serious Business of Being Funny," in which she would discuss her comedic influences in an interview with Elvis Mitchell. A one-time "Saturday Night Live" cast member and recent star of the sitcom "Up All Night," Rudolph has been a warm and welcome presence in films such as "Bridesmaids" and "Away We Go. " The actress, eight months...
May 11, 2013 |
Efrain Rios Montt, the former Guatemalan military dictator who ruled his country during one of the bloodiest phases of its civil war, was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity Friday for the systematic massacre of more than 1,700 Maya people. He was sentenced to 80 years in prison. The landmark ruling by a panel of three Guatemalan judges came after a dramatic trial that featured testimony from dozens of ethnic Ixil Maya, who described atrocities committed by the army and security forces who sought to clean the countryside of Marxist guerrillas and their sympathizers during the 1982-83 period that Rios Montt, an army general and coup leader, served as the country's de facto leader.
April 27, 2013 |
Whatever happened to magic realism? The question arises when dipping into "Maya's Notebook," Isabel Allende's bruising, cinematically vivid new novel. It's an exercise in gritty realism rather than the fanciful folkloricism that Allende has been known for, accurately or not, since her fictional debut, "The House of the Spirits," 30 years ago. Magic realism always was more of a publishers' marketing coinage than an apt description of the works of the so-called Latin American Boom, which looms over Spanish-language literature like Easter Island monoliths: Mario Vargas Llosa, Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes and Gabriel García Márquez.