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Director Chloé Zhao at the 2021 Oscars. She was the first woman to receive four Oscar nominations in a single year. Pool/Getty Images

Chloé Zhao Is The First Woman Of Color To Win Oscar For Best Director

Chloé Zhao has won the Oscar for directing Nomadland, becoming the first woman of color to win the award and the second woman to win (Katheryn Bigelow, was the first). Zhao was also the first woman to get four Oscar nominations in a single year, in the Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture categories. Continue Reading Chloé Zhao Is The First Woman Of Color To Win Oscar For Best Director

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Louise Erdrich, author of The Night Watchman

Louise Erdrich Takes Home Aspen Words Literary Prize For ‘The Night Watchman’

In a virtual ceremony, Louise Erdrich was named the winner of this year’s Aspen Words Literary Prize, for her novel The Night Watchman. The $35,000 prize goes to a work that “illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.” Continue Reading Louise Erdrich Takes Home Aspen Words Literary Prize For ‘The Night Watchman’

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The Apollon Gallery at the Louvre museum in Paris on Jan. 14, 2020. CREDIT: Stephanie de Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images

Not Heading To Paris This Summer? The Louvre Has Digitized 482,000 Artworks

“The Louvre is dusting off its treasures, even the least-known,” said Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre, in a statement on Friday. “For the first time, anyone can access the entire collection of works from a computer or smartphone for free, whether they are on display in the museum, on loan, even long-term, or in storage.” Continue Reading Not Heading To Paris This Summer? The Louvre Has Digitized 482,000 Artworks

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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, by Dawnie Walton

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Final Revival Of Opal & Nev’ Is A Faux Music History That Rocks

To say that The Final Revival of Opal & Nev is a sly simulacrum of a rock oral history is to acknowledge only the most obvious of this novel’s achievements. Walton aspires to so much more in this story about music, race and family secrets that spans five decades. And, all the glitzy, quick-change narrative styles don’t detract attention from the core emotional power of her story. I tell you, even many of the fake footnotes in this novel are moving. Continue Reading BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Final Revival Of Opal & Nev’ Is A Faux Music History That Rocks

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House of Mercury poem as read by Dr. Fady Joudah

A Poem On How The Human Spirit Survives Overlapping Crises

In Dr. Fady Joudah’s poem “House of Mercury,” a severe summer storm has blown over Houston. The storm’s destructive winds woke up the narrator’s father, who hears the “snaps and creaks” of the two oaks in the front yard. But it was a “nearly uprooted fig tree,” the poem notes, that brought the father to tears. Continue Reading A Poem On How The Human Spirit Survives Overlapping Crises

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