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Composer David Lang Thinks the Pulitzer Prize Is Creepy, Would Rather Bang on a Can

With his influential alternative music marathon this weekend, the anti-institutional artist grapples with accolades

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Louis Simpson (1923-2012)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and critic was 89

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Close Friend of the Mag Takes Home Pulitzer

AP reporters win for series on NYPD spying on Muslims

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Philip Levine, Fierce About Poetry

The U.S. poet laureate, who died this weekend, on growing up Jewish in Detroit, playing tennis in verse, and hanging on to his memories, which are the source of his art

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The Art of Making Art

With Stephen Sondheim’s second collection of his lyrics, the hyper-articulate, neurotic, modernist master Broadway songwriter takes a curtain call

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Darling Wendy

A breathless biography of Wendy Wasserstein hints at the tensions in the playwright’s life but, like its subject, fails to confront them

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What Is Missing

Mark Strand, the former poet laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner, has given up poetry and turned to making art. He talks about his work, Jewish mothers, absence, and Israel.

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Hall of Mirrors

A new book tells the story of a middle-class Jewish girl from Westchester who changed her name, moved to Pakistan, and became a leading voice of radical Islamism

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Tabloid Awaits Pulitzer Announcement

Enquirer’s Levine expects to be shut out

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No Prize

A new biography charts Joseph Pulitzer’s path from immigrant cub reporter to newspaper magnate and boss from hell

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