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Here’s a trailer for Ken Burns’ latest documentary, Dust Bowl, about the lives of those who lived through the Great Plains dust storms of 1930’s America. “[Dust Bowl] is an American story,” says Burns, “about how there are no ordinary people, and how some of the anonymous among us lead incredible lives.”
Here’s Lev Grossman, along with author Ann Patchett, discussing this year’s lack of a Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction on PBS’s NewsHour. During the interview, he gives his support for the decision by paraphrasing Stan Lee:
The Pulitzer actually is very powerful, but I feel like that power depends on it being used responsibly. If they were to give it to a book that they didn’t feel was a great book, maybe it wouldn’t be as powerful in future years.