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“In the Distance,” by Hernán Diaz, is a weird western about a lonely Swede traveling America’s frontier in the 1800s. It’s very good.
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Kendrick Lamar Won A Pulitzer Because ‘DAMN’ Is Journalism

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Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music – the first ever non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize.
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Honda, Forever 21 Collaborate on Vintage Collection; Honda Classic Teams With Lilly Pulitzer for Hospitality Lounge

START YOUR ENGINES: Through a new motocross-inspired collaboration with Honda, Forever 21 is giving racing fans a chance to win a CRF250L Honda motorcycle.
The Tokyo-based automotive company has joined forces with the mass retail chain through Honda’s brand management agency, Earthbound. Shoppers will find men’s and women’s options in the F21xHonda capsule collection featuring Honda designs from the early Eighties and action sportswear of the Nineties. The women’s product range includes long- and short-sleeved crop tops, long-sleeve T-shirts and skirts, as well as plus-size styles. T-shirts, pull-over sweaters and racing jackets are among the streetwear styles for men.
While no purchase is necessary to get a chance at winning the motorcycle, participants have to post an item from the F21xHonda collection on Instagram, tag it @forever21 and @honda_powersports_us and use the hashtags #F21Contest and #F21xHonda. Entries are being accepted through Feb. 12.
To mark the launch of the capsule collection, Forever 21 has partnered with Honda to host a contest in which one person will win a CRF250L.
Another fashion company, Lilly Pulitzer, has teamed with the Honda Classic, the PGA tournament that will be held Feb. 19 to 25 at the Palm Beach Gardens’ PGA National Resort and Spa. Golf fans will

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Tony Kushner Is Writing A Play About Trump

“I think he is seriously mentally ill, and the fact that he is in the White House is very frightening.”
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Pulitzer Prize Winner Tony Kushner Is Writing A Play About Trump

“I think he is seriously mentally ill, and the fact that he is in the White House is very frightening.”
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Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Underground Railroad’ Wins Pulitzer Prize

Colson Whitehead’s National Book Award–winning speculative history novel The Underground Railroad garnered another top honor on Monday, with the announcement that the book had been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for 2017.

The novel reimagines the Underground Railroad as a real, tangible subway system carrying Southern slaves north. Whitehead’s fantastical twist on the nation’s history takes readers on a time-collapsed tour through the horrors visited upon black Americans from slavery onward, including medical exploitation and expulsion from certain territories. Upon its publication in August 2016, the book was well-received by critics, including HuffPost, which praised Whitehead’s “compelling, fluid blend of historical and speculative fiction.”

Lynn Nottage received the prize in Drama for her Broadway debut, “Sweat.” The play follows a diverse chorus of nine working class people in a dying Pennsylvania factory town from 2000 to 2008. After the show’s opening, HuffPost wrote that the timely, emotionally searing play “provided Broadway with a much-needed elemental shake-up.”

Also recognized in the arts were Tyehimba Jess, awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his collection Olio, and Du Yun, awarded the Prize in Music for her eclectic opera about child trafficking, “Angel’s Bone.” 

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson received the prize for History, and the Biography prize went to The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar. Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City added to its substantial list of awards with the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.

The long history of the Pulitzer Prizes ― this year marked its 101st batch of awards ― has been critiqued for its overwhelmingly white and male honorees. The Pulitzers given out for the arts in 2017 featured five creators of color and three women out of the seven winners. 

The journalism Pulitzers honored several local news teams, including the staff of the East Bay Times in Oakland, California, and Eric Eyre of the Charleston Gazette-Mail in West Virginia for their reporting on urgent local matters. Hilton Als, theater critic for The New Yorker, was awarded the Prize in Criticism for “bold and original reviews that strove to put stage dramas within a real-world cultural context, particularly the shifting landscape of gender, sexuality and race.”

Check out the full list of Pulitzer winners for 2017 at the organization’s website.

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Is Lilly Pulitzer x Target an Important Plus-Size Victory?

News of Target’s forthcoming Lilly Pulitzer collection was met with a lot of cheering, and nestled in there with the cheerful dinner plates and bright bathing suits was some more exciting news: Everything (save for one swimsuit) will be offered in plus sizes.

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It’s not the first time—the Calypso St. Barth collection included plus-sizing—but this feels especially noteworthy since the store’s range with Altuzarra didn’t and shoppers weren’t too happy, with blogger Chastity Garner publicly calling for a boycott.

“We have heard feedback from our plus-size guests that they are interested in shopping our limited-edition collaborations. We’re excited to offer a wider range of sizes for this collection, and we look forward to seeing how it performs and will continue to evaluate future programs,” a spokesperson told me via email. Plus sizes will be available only online, not in-store.

You can look at that last part as a test of sorts: If the demand is there with the retail dollars to prove it, it’ll be hard for Target to not listen and include plus-size options moving forward. That blogger who called them out about Altuzarra realizes it too, writing on her site after previewing the Lilly collection.

“This collaboration is a huge opportunity for plus-size shoppers to vote with their wallets and show Target you want plus sizes to be included in designer collections. If you love it, then shop it. The opposite is true as well. Don’t vote and we won’t likely be seeing plus sizes included in future collaborations.”

Happy to hear that the collection will include plus sizes? Surprised to hear that’s not a given?





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