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Arizona Hispanics Poised To Swing State Blue

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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to, on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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Book News: Navajo Nation Names Its First Poet Laureate

May 3, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Luci Tapahonso has been named the Navajo Nation's first poet laureate. Elmer Guy, president of Navajo Technical College in New Mexico, announced the news and said Tapahonso will be officially introduced to the public May 17. Reached by phone, Guy told NPR that it is a "very important step for Navajo Nation" and that it is "time that we recognize our people for what we've contributed." Tapahonso's poetry often blends English with Diné, the Navajo language. She spoke about her reading habits with NPR's Rebecca Roberts on Weekend Edition in 2007.
  • You can now send your poetry to Mars. NPR's Korva Coleman reports that NASA is asking for people to submit haikus to send into space with the MAVEN spacecraft. The deadline is July 1.
  • Ian Buruma considers David Bowie in an essay for The New York Review of Books: "The image cultivated by Bowie, as he became more famous, was as a complete oddity, an isolated alien, a pop deity, utterly enigmatic, freakish, alienated, but dangerously alluring."
  • MediaBistro's GalleyCat blog says literary magazine Granta is shutting down its New York office and that deputy editor Ellah Allfrey and art director Michael Salu has resigned and associate editor Patrick Ryan is also leaving. The report follows last week's announcement that Editor in Chief John Freeman is stepping down. It isn't clear what led to the departures, and Granta has not responded to requests for comment.
  • Jonathan Lee interviews All That Is author James Salter for Guernica magazine: "It seems to me that literature is giving way a little bit to the immediacy of other diversions, other forms of entertainment. What will it be in fifty years? I don't know. Will there be printed books? Probably, but I'm not sure. There's always going to be literature, though. I believe that. I think literature has a way of getting deep into people and being essential. Literature has its own powers."
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