The news was nearly lost yesterday amid the coverage of the tragic shootings in Virginia, but the 2007 winners of the Pulitzer Prize were announced. Notable among these were novelist Cormac McCarthy for The Road (he must be over the moon, winning this on top of being selected for Oprah's book club), and Emory University professor Natasha Trethewey for her poetry collection Native Guard. Jazz musician Ornette Coleman won for Sound Grammar, making him only the second jazz artist to win in the prize's history. Special citations were also given to two American legends, author Ray Bradbury and saxophonist John Coltrane.
On a day of sadness, it's good, if bittersweet, to honor those who bring beauty to the world.
(P.S. I just have to note here also that UI's own Richard Powers, beloved teacher and friend, was a Pulitzer finalist this year for his National Book Award-winning novel The Echomaker.)