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Joan Didion’s Persistent “Voice Of America”

After winning an essay contest sponsored by Vogue straight out of college, Joan Didion packed up her life in California and headed to New York City, where she would write for the magazine for the next seven years. This move launched a prolific career that would span six decades, and was the first of many moves back and forth between the nation’s cultural capitals…

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Dee Saigal Uses Internet’s Universal Language To Teach Coding To Kids

Dee Saigal’s first professional love was advertising. She worked as an art director at ad agencies in London and Paris, creating campaigns for services across all media platforms, from print to digital. Saigal also worked as an international copywriter, and began juggling freelance projects on the side to keep her passion for game design and education alive…

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Frances Arnold Directs Enzymes Using Principles Of Evolution

Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold spent her formative years in the Pittsburgh area, moving out of her parents’ house as a teenager and hitchhiking down to Washington, DC to participate in anti-war protests. To support her independent lifestyle, she moonlighted as a cab driver and cocktail waitress at a local jazz club in the evenings while still attending high school by day…

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Daughter Of The Mississippi Delta Donna Tartt Formed Bennington’s Gen X Beat

The Beat Generation eschewed the hallmarks of post-war American culture and status symbols, preferring to wander and observe, free spirited, across the U.S. In the 1990s, Donna Tartt and her literary cohorts at Vermont’s Bennington College insulated where the Beats isolated, forming a tight club where their stories and attitude reflected mostly their shared experience…

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Maya Lin Has Designs On Achieving Artistic Excellence

Maya Lin burst onto the art scene while still an undergraduate at Yale University in 1981, when she won a national contest to design the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Yale that same year, and stuck with the school to obtain a Master of Architecture in 1986…

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