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There are a few books that are regarded as the quintessential book that every American must read, but arguably To Kill a Mockingbird is an absolute must.

Harper Lee, the woman who wrote this classic tale about racial unrest in the American south, has passed away. To Kill a Mockingbird was a runaway success from the moment it was published in 1960, serving as a chronicle of America’s mores at the time through the eyes of two children during the 1930s. The book liberally took passages from Lee’s own life as a southern child growing up in Monroeville, Alabama. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize and became a classic, along with the movie that starred the late Gregory Peck.

Up until last year’s Go Set a Watchman, To Kill a Mockingbird was Lee’s only novel. For her work, Harper Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor bestowed upon contributors to the arts. When asked a few years ago why she had only written To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee replied…

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“I have said what I wanted to say, and I will not say it again.”

And she said it brilliantly.

Harper Lee was 89 years old.

 

 

Triston

Triston is an American jetset performance artist, writer, event organizer, and activist based in Europe. As a freelance journalist, he has covered both the underground and mainstream aspects of the arts, culture, music, entertainment, travel, fashion and Fashion Week in several cities, including New York, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Sydney, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo to name a few. He has been published in The Huffington Post, Trespass (London), Adaras Magazine (Miami) as well as featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Italia, Turkish Huriyet and other on-line and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally. He recently released his memoir on life in Europe, ‘Heaux Confessionals’. As a solo performer and with his band $kandal Du$t, he has toured in some of the world’s most renowned clubs, simultaneously maintaining an underground renaissance, blurring the lines of all that is traditional and leaving his indelible, and ultimately unforgettable impression. There is no divide.


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