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Links 1 through 6 of 6 by Latoya Peterson tagged writing

"Because of the issues in the source material, Paulus is working with two writers, Suzan-Lori Parks (a Pulitzer-winning playwright) and Deirdre Murray (an Obie-winning composer) to update it and, in the words of Audra McDonald, who will be playing Bess in the production, "do [...] a new conception that tries to deal with the holes and issues in the story that would be very, very obvious to a musical-theater audience.” (source)

So far so good, right? And the Gershwin and Heyward estates (George & Ira Gershwin and DuBois Heyward being the writers) have given their blessings to the production, saying, among other things, “It’s about balancing the original work’s intentions with a story that is maybe more realistic for a present-day audience.”

Stephen Sondheim, however, has doubts. And he sent a nearly-1000-word letter to the New York Times to expound on them in detail."

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"'The current recession has done little to help women, minority and older writers move ahead in the Hollywood industry relative to their male, white and younger counterparts,' stated the report by Darnell Hunt, a professor of sociology at UCLA."

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"Writers take us to different places and introduce us to all kinds of people throughout vast periods in time. In one story, we might travel from 1920s Harlem to Nigeria in the midst of terror during the Biafran War, and then on to the mystical Oguta Lake, all without ever having to set foot outside our door.

Words and writers should never be underestimated, and there are hundreds of brilliant authors who deserve our appreciation and respect.

To wrap up Women's History Month, BlackVoices.com put together a gallery of 40 influential black women authors. Some names you may know and others you may not. Their varied backgrounds give way to multi-faceted perspectives."

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"Nine years after his book’s publication, the lanky author is an overnight sensation. Dreams has become a rising national politician’s origin story. A few critics take exception to its composite characters, the arbitrary manner in which some but not all names were changed, the actual events compressed and rearranged for the sake of drama, and the elegant “remembered” dialogues from long ago that nonetheless go on for pages and pages. But for the most part, Obama is given a free pass. He has a greater truth to tell. And in this manner, the artistic gall of the writer and the artful calculation of the politician are indistinguishable—as Barack Obama, who by now thoroughly inhabits both worlds, proves better than anyone else."

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I may have philosophical differences with TNC, but damn if he didn't say it all in two paragraphs. - LDP

"During my early years of blogging, I thought that the back and forth was actually sharpening my own logic and thinking. And maybe it is. But, at my core, I am selfish and each day less interested in polite, high-minded debate. Perhaps I will feel different when I return. But out here in the great green, I'm not convinced that any of it matters.

I don't want to die debating the humanity of the blacks, the gays, the browns and the poor. You must then see, that I can never make a permanent home here. I want more."

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"Hyphen and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop are pleased to announce the winner of the 2010 Asian American Short Story Contest: Sunil Yapa for 'Pilgrims.' 'Pilgrims' was chosen by judges Alexander Chee and Jaed Coffin as the winner of the 2010 Asian American Short Story Contest. Yapa will be awarded $1000 and 'Pilgrims' will be published in the Fall Issue of Hyphen, to be on newsstands this September."

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