Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 9:59 am
Everybody in the world should have access to contraception, says the United Nations Population Fund. By simply helping women space and limit the number of children will add billions of dollars to the world economy, improve global health, increase women's education (which in turn boosts economic output) and save lives.
Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 1:20 pm
I saw Bruce Springsteen perform when I was 12. It was my first real concert, and I was there with my parents. (I have cool parents.) I remember it vividly — the giant screens surrounding the stage, the heady aroma of weed, that deep chant of "Bruuuuuce" that swelled through the stadium and kept going and going and going.
Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 11:56 am
More than a dozen short-story collections since Canada's Alice Munro published her first book, and she now seems as much an institution as any living writer. We count on her for a particular variety of short story, the sort that gives us so much life within the bounds of a single tale that it nourishes us almost as much as a novel does.
Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 10:30 am
William Basinski has lived on both American coasts, but I know a Southern gentleman when I hear one. The ambient music composer, who grew up in Texas, is on vacation visiting the Celeste ranch of his partner James Elaine's family when I call him — "I just fed the horses apples," he mentions — and is just as sweet as I'd heard from colleagues. He pauses long between words, measuring each one because the weight of each word is just as important as its meaning.
Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 7:58 am
Louise Erdrich's novel The Round House has won this year's National Book Award, beating out a strong field of contenders in the Fiction category. Katherine Boo's acclaimed Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Slum, won the nonfiction award.
"I would like to accept this in recognition of the grace and the endurance of native women," Erdrich said upon receiving the award in New York City on Wednesday.
The National Book Awards announced Wednesday night honored both longtime writers and new authors, from Louise Erdrich who won for her novel The Round House to Katherine Boo, who was honored for her debut nonfiction work, Behind the Beautiful Forevers.
Erdrich has been a highly regarded author for nearly 30 years. She'd been a finalist twice before but said being honored is "all the more meaningful when you're older ... because you don't know if your years of writing at your very best are behind you."