Monday, April 22, 2019

József Pulitzer

Insight doesn't happen often on the click of the moment, like a lucky snapshot, but comes in its own time and more slowly and from nowhere but within.
— Eudora Welty, born in 1909

About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm. 
~Kurt Vonnegut

The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea. 
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

       Last week, they announced the winners of the Magnesia Litera awards, the leading Czech literary prize; see also Brian Kenety's Radio Praha report, Radio Prague alumna Pavla Horáková wins Magnesia Litera award for novel 'A Theory of Strangeness. 
       Hodiny z olova, by Radka Denemarková, was named book of the year; Denemarková is already a three-time Magnesia Litera winner -- amazingly, in three different categories: prose, non-fiction, and translation; see also her literary agency'sauthor information page. 
       Teorie podivnosti 
by Pavla Horáková took the prose award. 
In 1981 Biography was won by Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie (Knopf)

Story image for pulitzer from Economic TimesPulitzer Prize 2019: Aretha Franklin honoured posthumously ...
Economic Times 

Politics is a thing that only the unsophisticated can really go for
— Kingsley Amis, born on this date in 1922

13 iconic Pulitzer-Prize winning photos

Carlos Lozada Of Washington Post Wins Pulitzer Prize For Criticism

The Post‘s nonfiction book critic was honored “for his ambitious and innovative essays that range across politics, presidential history, immigrant memories, national security reporting and feminist analysis to probe national dilemmas.” – The Washington Post 

The man behind the award

Hungarian: [ˈpulit͡sɛr]; born József Pulitzer;[a]
Next week, we celebrate the best in journalism with the Pulitzer Prizes. Before then, PBS will look at the life of the man behind the name: Joseph Pulitzer. Most PBS stations (check your local listings) will air “Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People” Friday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time on “American Masters.”

Oren Rudavsky’s film looks at the once penniless Jewish immigrant from Hungary who eventually became a leading voice in the fight for freedom of the press. Actor Adam Driver is narrator with actor Liev Schreiber as the voice of Pulitzer. Additional voices are provided by actors Tim Blake Nelson, Rachel Brosnahan, Lauren Ambrose, Hugh Dancy and Billy Magnussen.

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced
Columbia University (press release) 

Remembering JFK Jr. and George

The cover of the first George magazine, featuring Cindy Crawford as George Washington. (Courtesy)

This July will be the 20th anniversary of the death of John Kennedy Jr. So Lisa DePaulo talks to Cindy Crawford, Robert DeNiro, Newt Gingrich, Ann Coulter and others in an oral history of Kennedy’s George magazine for The Hollywood Reporter. DePaulo was friends with Kennedy and wrote for George, which published from 1995 to 2001, less than two years after Kennedy, his wife and sister-in-law died in a plane crash.

Crawford was one of the world’s best-known supermodels at the time and was chosen to appear on the first cover of George — dressed up as George Washington.

“I was like, ‘Oh, OK, that’s interesting,” Crawford said in the piece. “At one point we decided to cut off the shirt, and it was like ‘Yes! We’re doing George Washington, but it’s with a wink, you know?’ — with my midriff showing. … Sometimes I’ll see a special on John, and they’ll show when he revealed the cover, and I think, ‘OK, that was pretty cool that he chose me as his first cover.’”

CODA: A college student asked Tampa Bay Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lane DeGregory whether journalism was still a worthwhile career. So DeGregory made her most recent “WriteLane” podcast about five reasons to go into journalism.

Now that it is no longer owned by Univision, Clickhole took the opportunity to make fun of Univision’s logo. (Warning: R-rated language.)

Is it a Burger King? Well, yes. Sort of. Elizabeth Atkinson explains for Eater.

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How to Cover 2020: Assume Nothing and Beware of - The New York Times – “Journalists have no idea how the 2020 election will play out. And that’s a good thing. Some of the country’s top political journalists came together last week for a gathering convened by the strategist David Axelrod, to talk about how to cover the presidential race in a way that won’t leave anybody dumbfounded on election night.