Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre : In the Heights, Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda … [Read more...] about Tony Awards 2008
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One of the most consequential acts that Americans will make regarding social trust is at the ballot box. The U.S. has never had a President like Trump, who relentlessly pours fuel on the culture war fires, tells outrageous lies, creates chaos, and sows distrust in the very institutions he is responsible for leading. When citizens vote for politicians who endorse distrust in institutions, nobody should be surprised when those leaders lack commitment or competency to maintain them. … [Read more...] about In a World of Crisis, Who Do You Trust?
It was Morrison's passion for writing that expanded the range of the American literature as a living black lady. She used to tell her writing students at Princeton University "I don't want to hear about your little life, OK?" as she wanted them to think creatively and write from different other aspects not just about their own lives. She didn't even want to write about her own life in an autobiography. … [Read more...] about Toni Morrison Passes Away At 88, Farewell To America’s Most ‘Beloved’ Writer
“For drugs like heroin, the notion of addiction is relatively uncontroversial…For a not-quite-so-strong drug like cocaine, it becomes less clear as to where the boundary between regular use and addiction lies. Looking at the more popular alcohol, some people get addicted to it, and some don't…There is the weaker notion of "psychological dependence", which implies that you will miss not having something, but not to the extent that you would deem yourself to be suffering. I think that might be a fair description of many people's relationship with music…So, is music a drug? The short answer is ‘yes, sort of’”. … [Read more...] about Going For a Song
At the time of his internal exile, controversial author Salmaan Rushdie hid in the Cotswold cottage that belonged to the British novelist Ian McEwan. This was twenty years ago when a fatwa was issued against the Indian-born author by Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini. Ian McWwan reveals in detail when Rushdie hid away after the fatwa was issued on February 16, 1989. As reported by the Guardian, the details will be available in the long profile of McEwan that will be published in the next weeks issue of the New Yorker. … [Read more...] about ‘s Hiding Place