Kendrick Lamar Is a Pulitzer Prize Winner: Here’s What We’re Reading Today

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1. What do Kendrick Lamar and Cormac McCarthy have in common?

“Kendrick Lamar just won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for music for his album DAMN. and made history in the process.

Announcing the prize, the Pulitzer board called DAMN. “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”

– Vox

2. Say goodbye to lost luggage 

“Designed to work in concert with the company’s Tambour Horizon luggage, the Louis Vuitton Echo Luggage Tracker lets you keep tabs on your bags from afar. It slides into a dedicated elastic band inside the luggage, using a light sensor to tell you when it’s been opened and a Sigfox subscription to track its location from airport to airport. A one-hour charge over Micro-USB gives it six months of battery life, and all your services are accessible via the LV Pass app.”

– Uncrate

3. Huey Lewis cancels 2018 tour due to hearing loss

“Huey Lewis & the News have canceled “all future shows” after Lewis revealed that he has hearing loss. In a statement on Twitteron Friday, Lewis said that he “lost most of my hearing” before a show in Dallas two-and-a-half months ago. “Although I can still hear a little, one-on-one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing,” he said, adding that he has been to several doctors who agreed that he can’t perform until his condition improves.”

– Vulture

4. There’s a new Grumpy Cat on the Internet, this time with a little less hair

“An oddly handsome rescued sphynx named Loki lives a very comfortable life in Brooklyn, New York with his beloved human Sara Anderson, yet his naked wrinkly face, which gives him a perpetual scowl, seems to suggest otherwise. Despite his angry look, Loki appears to be a very sweet cat who likes to snuggle and get cozy and warm wherever he can.”

– Laughing Squid

5. Robots probably shouldn’t be recognized as legal persons, because they aren’t..

“Over 150 experts in AI, robotics, commerce, law, and ethics from 14 countries have signed an open letter denouncing the European Parliament’s proposal to grant personhood status to intelligent machines. The EU says the measure will make it easier to figure out who’s liable when robots screw up or go rogue, but critics say it’s too early to consider robots as persons—and that the law will let manufacturers off the liability hook.”

– Gizmodo