Teju Cole has won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award that honours outstanding first works of fiction,for his novel Open City. Cole,36,born in US and raised in Nigeria,wrote about a Nigerian studying psychiatry in New York who takes to wandering Manhattan and then the world after he breaks up with his girlfriend. Open City is Coles second work of fiction; he also wrote a 128-page novella,Every Day Is for the Thief. Karen Wulf,executive director of PEN,when asked about the apparent violation of the rules,said,That first book was never published or even carried in the US so our judges decided to make an exception.
Whitney Houston and Adele still dominate the music charts,three weeks after the Grammys. Adeles 21 is once again No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. The album has sold almost 1.3 million copies since the Grammys. Houston,who died on Feb. 11,a day before the function,has eight titles in the Top 50,three of them in the Top 10. Whitney: The Greatest Hits is at No. 2 with 112,000 sales; the soundtrack to her film The
Bodyguard rises to No. 5 with 43,000; and her debut,Whitney Houston,falls one to No. 10 with 25,000. Her most recent album,I Look to You,from 2009,just missed the Top 10 at No. 13.
Kayne West resumed where he left off his fashion career,last week,after a debut collection that was a critical flop. At Paris Fashion week,he presented a spectacle of slinky dresses,leather pants that didnt quite fit,broadtail stretch pants,some souped-up go-karts and Kim Kardashian. Kardashian was sitting in the front row at Wests showing,along with Alicia Keys,and Azealia Banksthat gives some idea of the target customer he has in mind. The clothes were oh so loud. It started with a series of tough-looking black leather and suede outfits based off of a motorcycle jacket. And it ended with go-karts spinning around two tracks on either side of the runway.