is a powerful, brief, one-act play written by Susan Glaspell and published in 1916. It is for this play (and a short story version of it entitled "A Jury of Her Peers") that Glaspell is best known today, but she deserves to be better appreciated
: "Her plays received better reviews than those of Eugene O’Neill, and in 1931 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her play Alison’s House
[pdf summary]. . . . Glaspell was the co-founder with her husband George Cram Cook of the Provincetown Players
(1916-1922), the Little Theatre that did most to promote American dramatists, and her diplomacy and energy held the group together for seven years. It was largely thanks to Glaspell’s intervention that O’Neill’s first plays were performed, and she played a major role in stimulating and encouraging his writing in the following years."
Long-Lost Photos Show What Hasn't Changed About Motherhood In 50 Years.
Is a collection of 50 year old photos from around the world by Ken Heyman
. Taken originally for the pulitzer-nominated book Family
(co-authored with Margaret Mead
), they were left sitting in a storage container for decades.
The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service
for their reporting on the widespread domestic spying by the US National Security Agency.
A full list of the mentioned articles can be found here for the Washington Post
, and here
for the Guardian.
Edward Snowden, who supplied the journalists with the leaked information, today said
: "Today's decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government. We owe it to the efforts of the brave reporters and their colleagues who kept working in the face of extraordinary intimidation, including the forced destruction of journalistic materials, the inappropriate use of terrorism laws, and so many other means of pressure to get them to stop what the world now recognises was work of vital public importance." [more inside]
"When you say ‘war photographer’ the first image that comes to mind is someone crazy for the bang bang. Not Anja. She was an artist. She used her sensitivity and sense of understanding to access the human side of war." In Memoriam: Anja Niedringhaus (1965—2014)
are powerful and beautiful.
Greg Marinovich is well known
as a member
of the Bang Bang Club
, winning the Pulitzer Prize for photography for his work during the death throes of apartheid in South Africa
. Less known
are the unique
(and often difficult to
obtain) images documenting
the often secret rituals
amongst the diverse
peoples of his
homeland. As he writes in a recent column
remembering Mandela, making the right choice
can often be a difficult one.
Mandela's release in 1990 was a pretty surreal series of events for me. As a fledgling photographer I was thrilled when a British agency asked me to cover it. It was a great chance to make a break into the business, but I was conflicted. I had also managed to gain access to an otherwise secretive ceremony in the far north of the country, scheduled for the same day. The distance between Pollsmoor Prison, where the news crews of the world were camped out, and the mysterious stockade of the Modjadji was some two thousand kilometres. I had to choose between two competing once-in-a-lifetime shoots.
Here is a showcase of the works
he has made publicly available as prints as well as collections
from his close colleague, Joao Silva
*. [more inside]
is a 30 year old composer, violinist, and singer. Yesterday, she also became the youngest person ever, and one of the few women, to receive the Pulitzer Prize for music
for her composition Partita for 8 Voices
. The work features four baroque inspired movements that were influenced by the violin music of Bach, and yet despite the baroque title, Partita is still thoroughly modern. The Pulitzer jury described
it as a "highly polished and inventive a cappella work uniquely embracing speech, whispers, sighs, murmurs, wordless melodies and novel vocal effects." [more inside]
, the war correspondent who took one of the most iconic and disturbing photographs
of the Vietnam conflict, has died
. He was 81. [more inside]
Letter from the Pulitzer Fiction Jury: What Really Happened This Year.
Michael Cunningham on what it was like to serve on the fiction jury for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, when no prize was awarded. Part 2
"If you study all of the recent Pulitzer winners in the cartooning category, you’ll see that single-panel editorial cartoons are an increasingly timeworn form
. Even the best ones traffic in blunt, one-dimensional jokes, rarely exhibiting nuance, irony, or subtext."
Farhad Manjoo argues that the Pulitzer should honor "infographics and interactive visualizations... [which] derive their power from real, often surprising data that’s presented, ideally, in a simple, understandable way."
Guess who won the 2012 Pulitzer for Fiction.
Nominated as finalists in this category were: "Train Dreams," by Denis Johnson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a novella about a day laborer in the old American West, bearing witness to terrors and glories with compassionate, heartbreaking calm; "Swamplandia!" by Karen Russell (Alfred A. Knopf), an adventure tale about an eccentric family adrift in its failing alligator-wrestling theme park, told by a 13-year-old heroine wise beyond her years; and "The Pale King," by the late David Foster Wallace (Little, Brown and Company), a posthumously completed novel, animated by grand ambition, that explores boredom and bureaucracy in the American workplace.
has been working on his biographical series The Years of Lyndon Johnson
for about 35 years. The long-awaited fourth volume
, "The Passage of Power,"
is due out on May 1. It covers Johnson's vice presidency and his ascension to the presidency after John F. Kennedy's assassination
. An excerpt from the book
concerning the events of Nov. 22, 1963, was published in the April 2 issue of The New Yorker
. This volume's predecessor, “Master of the Senate,” was published in 2002 and earned Caro a Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Caro writes in the introduction to the first book in the series, “The Path to Power”: [more inside]
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid has died on assignment. (NYTimes)
Shadid, 43, died of an asthma attack while reporting in Syria. His colleague, photographer Tyler Hicks, carried his body over the border into Turkey. [more inside]
Between 2004 and 2005, "Rocky Mountain News reporter Jim Sheeler and photographer Todd Heisler spent a year with the Marines stationed at Aurora's Buckley Air Force Base who have found themselves called upon to notify families of the deaths of their sons in Iraq. In each case in this story, the families agreed to let Sheeler and Heisler chronicle their loss and grief. They wanted people to know their sons, the men and women who brought them home, and the bond of traditions more than 200 years old that unite them. Though readers are led through the story by the white-gloved hand of Maj. Steve Beck, he remains a reluctant hero. He is, he insists, only a small part of the massive mosaic that is the Marine Corps." The full story
ran on Veteran's Day, 2005 and won two Pulitzer Prizes: one for Feature Photography
, another for feature writing
in 2006. A nice single-page version of one section: Katherine Cathey and 2nd Lt. James J. Cathey
.) The Rocky Mountain News closed in 2009. [more inside]
Satirical newspaper and website The Onion
is celebrating its 1000th issue by pushing for a Pulitzer Prize. Its spin-off Americans for Fairness in Awarding Journalism Prizes
has garnered support from celebrities as far apart as Tom Hanks
and Glenn Beck
, as well as a host of geek icons
and ordinary people.
Longform.org has the 2011 Pulitzer prize winners
in unadorned plain text. Instructions below for using Longform with Instapaper. [more inside]
Kevin Kelly has posted a list of what he believes are the best magazine articles ever
All the dirt that's fit to print.
How the National Enquirer almost won a Pulitzer Prize. Almost
In 1994, Leon Dash
, while still at the Washington Post, wrote a Pulitzer winning series
of articles about a woman named Rosa Lee Cunningham. [more inside]
The Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced.
The Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded since 1917, "honoring excellence in journalism and the arts". This year's Prizes are no different, going to a variety of journalistic and artistic endeavours which have stood out for their excellence in the past year.
The New York Times summarises
the winners. [more inside]
)-winning investigation (1
) that dare not be uttered on TV
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
supports journalists covering dangerous areas and underreported issues on all continents except Antartica, as is shown by this handy Google map
showing all 45 projects
. Among the projects are Caucasus
, focusing on the easternmost part of Europe where just today conflict broke out, Scars and Stripes: Liberian Youth After the War
, The Soybean Wars
, about the booming demand for soybeans in South America, Alaska
, global warming and its effects on Alaskan glaciers, Understanding Iran
looks at ordinary Iranians, and Iraq: Death of a Nation? (Revisited)
. Links to stories are generally in sidebars on the left and right. The Pulitzer Center also has a blog called Untold Stroies
which is frequently updated and keeps tabs on all 45 projects as well as related events, such as the recent TED Talk by PRI CEO Alisa Miller
on the paltry reporting of international issues in American media with arresting graphs and visuals, which serves to place the mission of the Pulitzer Center in context.
The 2008 Pulitzer Prize winners
were recently announced. Some winners worth noting include the article in the Washington Post about violin virtuoso Joshua Bell busking in the Washington D.C. Metro
station, which won the award for Feature Writing
. The Washington Post also won the International Reporting
award for a disturbing series about modern day mercenaries. This article about Blackwater
operating beyond the reach of any law was part of the series. The Washington Post Pulitzer page
has more information on their winners and finalists. [more inside]
I don't cross post from other sites (digg), unless there's a good reason. Final Salute
is a good reason. Additional links/background are there, but go to the slideshow
. And this photo
on classical and pop music, and two related older articles
on the Pulitzer nomination process from Greg Sandow.
A young mother and her son's losing battle with cancer in twenty photographs.
Renee C. Byer of the Sacramento Bee
is the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature and deservedly so. If you find these photgraphs as moving as I do, let me just go ahead and point you to the National Childhood Cancer Foundation
and the Hospice Foundation of America
The 2007 Pulitzer Prize winners
have been announced. My favorites for 2007 are International Reporting
, National Reporting
, Editorial Cartooning
, and another
), and Breaking News Photo
. The Pulitzer site archive is an amazing source of browsing material. Unfortunately, it is not the easiest site to navigate. So here are some previous winners: 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
and the aftermath of Katrina
. Moving sets of photographs that were worthy of this year's Pulitzer Prize for Feature and Break News photography, respectively. Powerful
a Virginian poet and English professor, has won the 2006 Pulitzer prize for poetry
for her book The Late Wife
. Here is an interview from 2002
, and here is a podcast
of Professor Emerson reading from The Late Wife
in 2005. Some of her poems: "Bone
," "The Bat
published plays. Four
Pulitzer Prizes. Three
marriages. A suicide
attempt. A celebrity
for a father. A drug-addicted mother
who blamed her habit on her son. A daughter estranged
, a son who committed suicide
. A Nobel Prize
, the only ever awarded to an American playwright.
from inside out
: a documentary film
for American Experience
. More inside.
is the nickname given to Saleh Khalaf, a nine year old boy maimed by an explosion in Iraq. Deanne Fitzmaurice's photo essay about his ongoing recovery won the 2005 Pultizer Prize
for Feature Photography.
With this year's Pulitzer Prizes
announced, the award for Investigative Reporting
went to Nigel Jaquiss of Williamette Week
, a Portland alternative newsweekly. Jaquiss' story revealed the "30-year Secret
" that led to the downfall of one of Oregon's most influential politicians
, helped foster a public backlash against corporate greed
, and exposed a conspiracy of silence
, and scandal
among the powerful in Oregon.
Today, Pulitzer Prize
-winning columnist Jimmy Breslin
filed his last
Jayson Blair doesn't know when to shut up.
The first interview with the disgraced New York Times
reporter indicates that if he's feeling bad about what he did, he's not exactly showing it. Oh, and he has "a book full of anecdotes." Very subtle, Jayson.
Pulitzer?! I don't even know her!
Yes, folks, the 2003 Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded. Jeffrey Eugenides wins the Fiction award for Middlesex
(a NYT link to the book's first chapter), Stephen Hunter of the Washington Post wins for criticism
(that links you to his LOTR Two Towers review, which made me laugh) and this picture
(NYT link) and this cartoon
(also NYT) also won.
"Now America is reappraising the battlefield, delaying the war, maybe a week and rewriting the war plan. The first plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance. Now they are trying to write another plan." Seems patently obvious, no? But tell Iraqi state television that and suddenly you're speaking from "a position of complete ignorance," according to the White House.
Peter Arnett, highly respected, Pulitzer Prize winner
and the first journalist to interview Osama Bin Laden on film
, wouldn't back down the last time a network caved into craven submission at hands of the American military
, and he's been sacked by NBC/MSNBC for again refusing to do so
. There's no First Amendment case, obviously, and no real surprise that the military would be exerting pressure to maintain control over information, but does the firing of high-profile Arnett for the repeating the obvious increase anybody's
confidence that we're hearing anything resembling the truth?
Sometimes, the good guys still win...
Lost in the higher profile Elianapalooza
with regard to the Pulitzer Prizes was the editorial writing prize awarded to the relatively small Rutland (VT) Herald's David Moats, who championed the recognition of same-sex couples on an equal legal footing with inter-sex couples. Quietly, eloquently but always with the utmost conviction, Moats' series of editorials together form a compelling, difficult to refute argument, enabling his Pulitzer victory over the Arizona Republic and the New York Times.
Pulitzer winners announced.
Bothers me that the Miami Herald won a Pulitzer for "Elian"