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Norton Juster, Author Of ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’, Dead At 91

"A budding architect with a self-confessed tendency to procrastinate, Mr. Juster … stumbled into literature much as his most famous hero, Milo, stumbles into the marvelous world of wordplay and adventure in the classic 1961 . They were bored and entirely unsuspecting of the wonders that awaited them." - The Washington Post

Jazz Drummer And Bandleader Ralph Peterson Jr., 58

"The sheer, onrushing force of Peterson's beat, paired with his alert ear and agile dynamism, made him one of the standout jazz musicians to emerge in the 1980s. Part of a striving peer group known as the Young Lions, which coalesced around the resurgence of acoustic hard bop, he distinguished himself early on as a powerful steward of that tradition." - WBGO (Newark, NJ)

Chadwick Boseman Could Make Oscars History, Posthumously

He wouldn't be the first actor to have been nominated for an award after death, but if he were nominated both for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom for actor in a leading role and for Da 5 Bloods for supporting actor, that would be a first. Voting began March 5 and runs for six days; nominations will be announced March 15. - Los Angeles Times

Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman Followed By A Security Guard, Who Said She Looked Suspicious

The poet, who is 22, "wrote on Twitter that a security guard 'tailed' her while she was walking home Friday night. 'He demanded if I lived there because ‘you look suspicious.’ I showed my keys & buzzed myself into my building,' Gorman wrote. 'He left, no apology. This is the reality of black girls: One day you’re called an icon, the next day, a threat.'" - Slate

Naomi Rosenblum, Historian Of Photography Who Forced Others To See It As Art, 96

When she started her major scholarship, "histories of photography traditionally focused on England, France and the United States. But Dr. Rosenblum’s ... A World History of Photography (1984), provided a true global perspective. The book was translated into several languages and remains a standard text in the field. Her other major work, A History of Women Photographers (1994), traced their accomplishments from the mid-1800s through the late 20th century." - The New York Times

Patrick Dupond, Star And Director Of Paris Opera Ballet, Dead At 61

He entered the company's school at age 10, joined the company at 16 and was an étoile at 21. He became one of the company's most popular stars, but fell out with his tempestuous boss, Rudolf Nureyev, and left in 1985. In 1990, aged 30, he became Nureyev's successor; he added contemporary works to the repertoire and invited leading contemporary dance companies (e.g., Graham, Ailey, Bausch, de Keersmaeker) onto the Opéra's august stage. But, by 1997, he was again clashing with his bosses, and he was fired for, in his words, "insubordination and indiscipline." (He had accepted an invitation to sit on the jury at Cannes without the bosses' permission.) In 2017, he and collaborator Leïla Da Rocha founded a new company and school, White Eagle Dance, in Bordeaux; at the time, he made waves by announcing that "As far as I'm concerned, homosexuality was an error" and he...

Chris Barber, Trombonist Who Shaped Britain’s Jazz Scene, Dead At 90

" was one of the most accessible and charismatic figures to emerge from the New Orleans-inspired jazz revivalist movement that played such a significant part in shaping British popular music between the late 1940s and mid-'60s." - The Guardian

Lessons On How To Have An “Exquisitely Managed Career” By Philip Roth

"Its lessons include: never marry; have no children; lawyer up early; keep tight control of your cover designs; listen to the critics while scorning them publicly; when it comes to publishers, follow the money; never give a minute to a hostile interviewer; avoid unflattering photographers; figure out what you’re good at and keep doing it, book after book, with just enough variation to keep them guessing; sell out your friends, sell out your family, sell out your lovers, and sell out yourself; keep going until every younger writer can be called your imitator; don’t stop until all your enemies are dead." - BookForum

Remembering Lawrence Ferlinghetti

One contradiction stands above the rest. The man who cofounded City Lights bookstore and press and wrote the million-selling poetry collection Coney Island of the Mind, a seminal text in the Beat canon alongside classics like Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, did not consider himself a Beat. - Rolling Stone

Roger Englander, Pioneering Producer Of Classical Music On TV, Dead At 94

At NBC in Philadelphia, he produced the first-ever telecast of a complete opera, Menotti's The Telephone, and he followed up by putting together Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, the first opera ever written for television. Englander went on to produce what might be the most influential classical music programming ever aired on American TV, Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts. - The Washington Post

Alan Bowness, 93, Former Director Of Tate Galleries And Co-Founder Of Turner Prize

"The internationally renowned scholar was the first trained art historian to become director of London's Tate Gallery, a position he held from 1980 to 1988. During his tenure, he spearheaded the creation of a 'Tate of the North,' the project which became Tate Liverpool. … In 1984 he helped establish the Turner Prize, one of Britain's most influential art awards." - ARTnews

What’s Anthony Hopkins’s Secret? ‘No Acting Required’

"If you follow a superb screenplay, the language is a road map, and so you don't have to act.. … When you learn that language you pack that into the suitcase of your brain, and those words inform your body. They move you around the set. … It's there for you, all written down. But we tend to make mincemeat of it by wondering what it all means." - The New Yorker

Carmen Esposito’s Memoir Called ‘Save Yourself’ Came Out Just As Pandemic Lockdowns Hit

The standup comedian, who produced a special called Rape Jokes in response to her own experience of assault and Donald Trump's Access Hollywood tape (among other things), says that it was extra ironic to be promoting her memoir that first month. "It’s about growing up Catholic and figuring out that I was queer. There are no helpful tips for what to do when we run out of toilet paper." - Washington Post

Raymond Cauchetier, Whose Photos Captured The People Of French New Wave Cinema, 101

Cauchetier, whose death was caused by COVID-19, was a self-taught photographer who "documented the revolutionary early films of Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and other New Wave directors a half-century ago with now-classic portraits, only to go uncredited for decades." - The New York Times

The Committed Artistic Life Of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson

The artist wrote, "The magnitude of research and study of Afro-Amerikans is what I have dedicated my life. My works are the missing pages of American history." She worked in as many mediums as she could; she believed "that life for her people in America was an act of near-superhuman perseverance, and she was determined to capture that history." - The New York Times

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