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Taking Names: Pulitzer Prizes announced; no award given for fiction
The late Manning Marable won the Pulitzer Prize for history Monday, for a Malcolm X book he worked on for decades but did not live to see published.
For the first time in 35 years, no fiction prize was given. According to the Associated Press, the late David Foster Wallace’s “The Pale King,” a novel assembled from notes he left behind, was among the finalists for fiction.
Another long-term project, John Lewis Gaddis‘ “George F. Kennan,” won the Pulitzer for biography.
The play “Water by the Spoonful,” about a returning Iraq war veteran by Quiara Alegria Hudes, won the drama prize. Ms. Hudes previously wrote the book for the Broadway show “In the Heights,” which won the Tony Award for best musical in 2008. Her play “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” was a finalist for the Pulitzer in 2007.
“Life on Mars,” by Tracy K. Smith, won the poetry prize. The general nonfiction prize was given to “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,” Stephen Greenblatt’s telling of the 15th-century rediscovery of the Latin poet Lucretius. Kevin Puts‘ “Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts” was honored for music.
Hologram ‘performance’ brings Tupac back to life
The Twittersphere was alive Monday with discussion about an eye-popping performance by rapper Tupac Shakur at California’s Coachella music festival - 16 years after he died.
The vividly lifelike hologram performance, which was in the top 10 trending topics on Twitter and mentioned at least 40 times a minute, shocked some fans at the music and arts festival in Indio, Agence France-Presse reports.
“That hologram form of tupac look sooooo real!!!!!!! Technology is a beast!” commented iamPinkLipss, while AyyOnline added: “This is insane!!”
A November 1994 attack on Shakur in New York triggered a rap war pitting West Coast rappers, including Shakur, against East Coast rivals represented by superstar rapper Notorious B.I.G, whose real name was Christopher Wallace.
The annual Coachella festival is being held over two weekends in Indio, east of Los Angeles. As well as the from-beyond-the-grave rap show, the first weekend also saw British bands Radiohead and Kaiser Chiefs take the stage.
Not everyone on Twitter was excited about the hologram show. “Tupac is still dead you idiots,” commented maulingmueller, while ChrisRRegan joked: “Right after it was unplugged, the Tupac hologram released another four albums.”
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