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Tomas Transtromer Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Swedish poet Tomas Transtr√∂mer has won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature. The committee gave a short explanation: “”because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.”

His poem, “After a Death,” is appropriate today, as the world remembers the life of Steve Jobs. It opens: “Once there was a shock / that left behind a long, shimmering comet tail.

Follow these links to the Poetry Foundation and Poets.org to read his work online. A number UK gambling site had given Transtromer (pictured, via) 10/1 odds of winning the prize. The Complete Review has great coverage of the award.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.