In honor of black history month, a documentary about the life of Alice Walker, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple, will be premiering tonight on PBS. Along with hearing from Walker, there will be interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, Gloria Steinem, Sapphire, and the late Howard Zinn. [PBS]
Attention lady poets: watch your back because 2014 does not seem to be your year. Former poet laureate of New Hampshire Maxine Kumin passed away yesterday. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for Up Country: Poems of New England. You can read some of her work at The Academy of American Poets. And former U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan was hit by a car while riding her bike in the Bay Area. What the heck guys?? Luckily, Ryan is out of the hospital this week. To help her recover, take a few minutes to read a few of her poems here. My favorite is “Lime Light.” [SF Gate]
If you haven’t had enough of Bridgegate and all the Chris Christie brouhaha, then maybe you’ll be interested in catching his biography. Threshold Editions announced today that they would be publishing Matt Katz’s book on the controversial governor in Spring 2015.
And in “I Never Thought I’d See The Day” news, Ice T has recorded a Dungeons & Dragon’s audiobook. He discusses how this amazing pairing happened in his podcast Ice T’s Final Level Podcast. “The deep, deep nerd s—,” really threw him for a loop. He notes that “motherf—–s live in places that don’t exist, and it comes with a map.” Not much gets by Ice T! I too have always wondered if there’s a category of topographer that specializes in fantasy fiction maps. [Paste]
And let’s take a moment to wish Charles Dickens a happy 202nd birthday. To celebrate, take the time to revel in Christopher Hitchens’ brilliant analysis of Dickens’ personal character in The Atlantic. And possibly enjoy this quiz.