Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Nation contributor Studs Terkel, a hopeful 92, will be awarded the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Book Critics Circle at a March 4 ceremony. Terkel’s latest book is Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times (New Press). The NBCC is an organization of critics and editors that presents annual prizes to the best books in several categories. Postscript. Re keeping the faith: Paul Robeson, the great actor, singer and social activist, who was ostracized during his lifetime as a Communist and denied a passport, has been honored by the US Postal Service with a stamp, part of the service’s Black Heritage series.


Recently, the religiously righteous American Family Association ran a website poll on gay marriage, hoping to troll a landslide of “nays” to show Washington lawmakers. But an electronic worm sneaked into the apple. As of January 19 more than 60 percent of the online respondents said they favored same-sex marriage. The AFA pulled the poll.