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April 15, 2013 | By David Ng
Composer Caroline Shaw has won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for music for her a cappella composition "Partita for 8 Voices. " The two finalists in the category this year were Aaron Jay Kernis for "Pieces of Winter Sky" and Wadada Leo Smith for "Ten Freedom Summers. " "Partita for 8 Voices" was released in October by New Amsterdam Records, featuring the vocal group Roomful of Teeth. On her website, Shaw states that the 26-minute piece was inspired by Sol LeWitt's "Wall Drawing 305" and that it was written for Roomful of Teeth.
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April 14, 2014 | By David Ng
John Luther Adams won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music for his composition "Become Ocean," an orchestral work that premiered last year with the Seattle Symphony, which commissioned the piece. "Become Ocean" is a sonic work that is intended to evoke the landscapes and waters of the Pacific Northwest. The piece will be performed at Carnegie Hall in New York next month with the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Ludovic Morlot. Adams, who is a resident of Alaska, studied at CalArts in the '70s and has had his music performed around the world.
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April 14, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Donna Tartt's bestselling novel "The Goldfinch," published by Little, Brown, won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction Monday. On Twitter, the Columbia University School of Journalism, which announces the awards, had a slip of the finger in its announcement, at first tweeting that the winner was " The Goldfish . " In their citation, the judges described "The Goldfinch" as a "beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters...
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April 14, 2014 | By Doyle McManus
A few months ago, I wrote that it was wrong to try to classify Edward Snowden as either a whistle-blower or a traitor, because he's a bit of each. Only now he's a whistle-blowing outlaw with a Pulitzer Prize to his name. Formally, of course, the prize went to the newspapers that published articles based on Snowden's massive data leak, the Washington Post and the Guardian. They don't give the Pulitzer Prize to sources. But the Pulitzer board members, a gilt-edged group drawn from such institutions as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Columbia University, knew they were giving Snowden a signal honor too. Were they right?
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April 15, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The Pulitzer Prize in fiction, announced Monday, has been awarded to Adam Johnson for his book set in North Korea, "The Orphan Master's Son. " The committee described the book as "an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart. " Johnson teaches at Stanford; "The Orphan Master's Son" is his third book. Sharon Olds won the poetry award for her collection "Stag's Leap," cited as "a stunningly poignant sequence of poems that tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory and new freedom.
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April 15, 2013 | By David Ng
"Disgraced," Ayad Akhtar's play about a corporate lawyer who has hidden his Pakistani Muslim heritage, has won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The two finalists were "4000" by Amy Herzog and "Rapture, Blister, Burn,” by Gina Gionfriddo.  This year's drama jury was led by Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks and included playwright Donald Margulies, Princeton University professor Jill Dolan, critic John Fleming and critic Alexis Soloski.  "Disgraced" was produced last year by Lincoln Center Theater in New York, with Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" veteran Aasif Mandvi in the lead role. The play had its world premiere in January 2012 at Chicago's American Theater Company.  FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview The plot follows Amir Kapoor, a lawyer, and his artist wife, Emily, during the course of a dinner party in which buried feelings are revealed.
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April 14, 2014 | By David Ng
Annie Baker's "The Flick" -- a highly divisive drama that prompted an abundance of head-scratching and some audience walkouts during its off-Broadway run last year -- has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The three-hour play follows the employees of a single-screen movie theater as they clean, converse and otherwise pass the time silently in front of the big screen. "The Flick" debuted last year at New York's Playwrights Horizons, where it was directed by Sam Gold. Baker's other plays include "Body Awareness" and "Circle Mirror Transformation," the latter of which was produced at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa in 2011.
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April 14, 2014 | By Doyle McManus
A few months ago, I wrote that it was wrong to try to classify Edward Snowden as either a whistle-blower or a traitor, because he's a bit of each. Only now he's a whistle-blowing outlaw with a Pulitzer Prize to his name. Formally, of course, the prize went to the newspapers that published articles based on Snowden's massive data leak, the Washington Post and the Guardian. They don't give the Pulitzer Prize to sources. But the Pulitzer board members, a gilt-edged group drawn from such institutions as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Columbia University, knew they were giving Snowden a signal honor too. Were they right?
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February 7, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Decades before she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Maxine Kumin was a student at Radcliffe College who had summoned the courage to show a handful of her poems to an instructor. His comment couldn't have been more withering. "Say it with flowers," he wrote, "but for God's sake don't try to write poems. " Kumin heeded his advice. Seven years passed before she tried again, but this time her efforts brought far more encouraging results. With a clear-eyed vision of the natural world, relationships, mortality and the inner lives of women, Kumin became one of the country's most honored poets, whose fourth book of poetry, "Up Country," brought her the Pulitzer Prize in 1973.
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April 14, 2014 | By David Ng
Annie Baker's "The Flick" -- a highly divisive drama that prompted an abundance of head-scratching and some audience walkouts during its off-Broadway run last year -- has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The three-hour play follows the employees of a single-screen movie theater as they clean, converse and otherwise pass the time silently in front of the big screen. "The Flick" debuted last year at New York's Playwrights Horizons, where it was directed by Sam Gold. Baker's other plays include "Body Awareness" and "Circle Mirror Transformation," the latter of which was produced at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa in 2011.
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April 14, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Donna Tartt's bestselling novel "The Goldfinch," published by Little, Brown, won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction Monday. On Twitter, the Columbia University School of Journalism, which announces the awards, had a slip of the finger in its announcement, at first tweeting that the winner was " The Goldfish . " In their citation, the judges described "The Goldfinch" as a "beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Gregory White Smith, a Harvard-trained lawyer, businessman, philanthropist and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who raised hackles in the art world with an intensely psychological examination of the life and work of Jackson Pollock, has died. He was 62. Smith died Thursday at his home in Aiken, S.C., of a rare brain tumor diagnosed nearly 40 years ago, said his spouse and co-author Steven Naifeh. Naifeh and Smith won the Pulitzer Prize in biography for "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga," which was published in 1990 and spurred the 2000 movie "Pollock" starring Ed Harris.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
German photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus was already a success by any measure when her assignment for the Associated Press took her to Iraq to cover George W. Bush's misbegotten war. She had already spent more than a decade covering conficts - first in Sarajevo, where she was hit by a sniper's bullet on her first day there, then Kosovo where she was blown out of a car when a grenade exploded. In Albania, in 1999, she was one of several journalists mistakenly bombed by NATO forces.
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March 11, 2014 | By David Colker
Newspaper veteran Larry Burrough, who was the city editor at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and then a deputy editor at the Orange County Register where he oversaw a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative series, died Monday in Yakima, Wash. He was 66. Burrough had surgery in December to remove a cancerous brain tumor and never fully recovered, said his sister, Nancy Yuckert. "He was a huge personality, born for the news business," said Ed Stover, who worked with Burrough at three newspapers in the Pacific Northwest.
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February 25, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The conflict between tradition and assimilation has long been a staple of immigrant drama. No mystery here: Not only is the experience true to life, but there's nothing more theatrical than a family at war with itself. In the "Who & the What," now having its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse, Ayad Akhtar explores this timeless situation through the clashes within a prosperous Pakistani American family living in Atlanta. As with the playwright's 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Disgraced," "The Who & the What" intrepidly treads on sensitive matters regarding Islam.
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January 10, 1987
In reference to Mike Downey's column (Jan. 4), specifically to his derogation of the Cleveland Browns, I would like to suggest 10 ways that Mr. Downey could possibly obtain a Pulitzer Prize: 1. By gunpoint. 2. In his wildest dreams. 3. By changing his name to Mother Teresa. 4. If the prize is ever awarded by National Lampoon. 5. By theft. 6. If the prize is ever awarded by lottery. 7. If they added a category for mediocrity. 8. If his family is appointed to the awards committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Decades before she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Maxine Kumin was a student at Radcliffe College who had summoned the courage to show a handful of her poems to an instructor. His comment couldn't have been more withering. "Say it with flowers," he wrote, "but for God's sake don't try to write poems. " Kumin heeded his advice. Seven years passed before she tried again, but this time her efforts brought far more encouraging results. With a clear-eyed vision of the natural world, relationships, mortality and the inner lives of women, Kumin became one of the country's most honored poets, whose fourth book of poetry, "Up Country," brought her the Pulitzer Prize in 1973.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2014 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Donald Forst, a veteran newsman who led New York Newsday and the Village Voice as they won Pulitzer Prizes and also helped resuscitate the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, died Saturday in Albany, N.Y. He was 81. He had colon cancer, said his companion, Val Haynes. Forst's journalism career started in the mid-1950s and included stints as cultural editor of the New York Times, assistant city editor of the New York Post and editor in chief of the Boston Herald. He also worked at more than a dozen other publications, including the Houston Press, Boston magazine and the New York Herald Tribune.
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