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Culture, Stage Nickled and Dimed: A Classic Play About a Conniving Junk-Store Owner Finds New Footing

Nickled and Dimed: A Classic Play About a Conniving Junk-Store Owner Finds New Footing

Profane poetry and the art — or lack thereof — of the superior swindle are playwright David Mamet's domain. Whether you judge the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago native fearless or faulty, Mamet's ear for the rhythm and texture of lowlife American…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don't Miss the Train

Don't Miss the Train

Famed for setting complex and unlikely texts to music, Pulitzer-winning composer Dominick Argento has plumbed the depths of Virginia Woolf's diary, and combined Chekhov's one act On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco with passages from the Audubon's Birds of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fresh Ink

Fresh Ink

It's a rare thing, but occasionally, reading Wikipedia fills us with jealous rage. More often than not, this rage is followed up with an earnest visit to Amazon, in search of a particular book (or three). This was the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Contented Dystopia

Contented Dystopia

Chang-rae Lee was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his 2010 novel The Surrendered, a masterful account of three characters whose paths collide in the Korean War. The book exquisitely balances intimate character study against the bigger picture, beginning with…
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Calendar, Night&Day This is How You Win

This is How You Win

Junot Díaz won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and was a finalist for the National Book Award for his 2012 collection This Is…
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Culture, Art Books: The Must-Read Books and Must-Go-To Literary Events of the Season

Books: The Must-Read Books and Must-Go-To Literary Events of the Season

Books Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (Aug. 22) The final installment of Brenda Hillman's four-book series on earth, air, water, and fire, this collection of poems is transformative. Highbrow: Each poem finds its own form and even has its…
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Culture, Books Exotic Foreign Lands: Author Adam Johnson Went a Long Way to Research a Nation That Wouldn't Talk to Him

Exotic Foreign Lands: Author Adam Johnson Went a Long Way to Research a Nation That Wouldn't Talk to Him

Last year, no Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was awarded, but that was 2012. This is 2013, "The Year of Adam Johnson," and the Pulitzer is just the most recent, prestigious accolade the Stanford professor's New York Times bestselling novel, The…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ifs, Ands, and Butts

Ifs, Ands, and Butts

The last time we found ourselves around someone waxing poetic about indexicality and polysemy at a cocktail party, our instinctual reaction was, "Shut up, asshole." We would have been less damning if the discussion in question was about assholism itself.…
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