Culture Canvas

BY Annie Strother  April 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM EST

A weekly roundup of arts and culture headlines

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A number of nations commemorated World Heritage Day on Wednesday. Above, a student passes a picture of a Kashmiri woman in traditional clothing at the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Language in Srinigar, India. The academy celebrated the date with an exhibition of manuscripts, calligraphy, and art, including Koranic texts from 1237 AD. Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images.

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For the first time since 1977, the Pulitzer board did not award a prize in the fiction category. The move inspired an outraged op-ed by author and bookseller Ann Patchett in The New York Times, which received letters for and against the Pulitzer’s decision. Lev Grossman defended the move in TIME.

Patchett and Grossman appeared on Wednesday’s NewsHour to talk about the issue.

Meanwhile, The Millions has excerpts of the three finalists: “Train Dreams,” “Swamplandia!” and “The Pale King.”

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“Girls,” the highly anticipated HBO drama series from Lena Dunham, premiered Sunday on HBO. The show arrives with critical acclaim from numerous publications, including The New Yorker. It has also inspired criticism for lacking diversity. Jenna Wortham discusses some of those questions in a post for The Hairpin.

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The line-up from this year’s Cannes Fesitval has been announced, via The New York Times.

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NPR profiles a Bay Area resident who makes his living composing and selling poems on the street. Your topic, your price.

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CNBC discusses economics and erotica in the age of the e-reader.

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The Awl examines the dynamics behind the American Society of Magazine Editors’ national award nominations, which went only to men in the “brass ring” categories of long-form writing.

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Architect Maya Lin has created her final memorial, “What is Missing?” — a multimedia examination of extinct species and landscapes, via Bloomberg. Films and sound installations form part of the monument, but a significant portion is an online interactive. Lin plans to augment the site throughout the rest of her life. Anyone can add a memory to her map of extinction.

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Television personality Dick Clark died this week at the age of 82.

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Artist and critic John Golding died this week at the age of 82.

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Chicago gallerist Donald Young died this week at the age of 69.

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Lili Chookasian, a contralto at the Metropolitan Opera, died this week at the age of 90.

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Andrew Love, saxophonist with the Memphis Horns, died this week at the age of 70. He played with musicians like Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin, and provided a texture for records by Al Green and Bonnie Raitt, among others.