October 15, 2013 |
This post has been updated. Please see note at bottom for details. Eleanor Catton took the 2013 Man Booker Prize for "The Luminaries" at an awards ceremony in London on Tuesday night. At age 28, Catton is the youngest novelist ever to win the prestigious prize -- and her novel, at more than 800 pages, is the longest book. When she accepted, Catton said, " 'The Luminaries' was, from the start, a publisher's nightmare.” She thanked her editors for “striking a balance between making art and making money,” the Washington Post reports.
July 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's choice for replacing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke probably comes down to a quiet consensus builder, who would be a historic pick, or one considered brilliant but difficult to work with. Through unprecedented policy moves and public outreach, Bernanke has dramatically expanded the role and the profile of the nation's central bank. But neither he nor the White House have indicated whether he would seek a third term or be renominated. It is widely expected, though, that Bernanke will step down when his current term expires in January.
July 16, 2013 |
Canada's Polaris Music Prize is putting the "white" in the Great White North. Nominees for this year's award -- which seeks to recognize "creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music," according to a statement -- were announced early Tuesday, and Pop & Hiss is here to tell you that it's a truly horrifying collection, with more indie rock than you can shake an ice-encrusted maple leaf at. Assembled by an "independent jury of over 200...
March 27, 2013 |
CHICAGO - It wasn't the longest cross-examination, but Jarome Iginla looked somewhat relieved to be leaving Chicago, not just because he was a minus-one and the Calgary Flames lost 2-0 to the Blackhawks. Of course, the questions about his future will only follow him back home to Calgary. He was not available after the morning skate so he spoke to the assembled media shortly after the loss. Recent reports indicated that Iginla, who has a no-trade clause, had submitted a short list of teams where he would consent to play, apparently including the Blackhawks and the Kings.
March 18, 2013 |
Of the annual awards in 59 categories to be presented May 6 when the James Beard Foundation announces winners at New York's Avery Fisher Hall, L.A. chefs received only four nominations. Four out of 59, and two of them are included in the same nomination. Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, who co-own Animal and Son of a Gun , are nominated for Best Chef West. And Suzanne Goin of Lucques and Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza are competing for Outstanding Chef. Which prompts the question that comes up every year among L.A. fooderati: Are Southern California chefs overlooked?
February 20, 2013 |
Saying he was “very sorry for my behavior,” former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) has revealed that he secretly fathered a son more than 30 years ago with the daughter of former Sen. Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.). “More than 30 years ago, I fathered a child outside of my marriage,” the 80-year-old Domenici said in a statement to the Albuquerque Journal . “The mother of that child made me pledge that we would never reveal that parenthood, and I have tried to honor that pledge and so has she,” said Domenici, who served six terms in the Senate.